Community Town Hall: October 3, 2018

Community Town Hall: October 3, 2018

On October 3, 2018 we held a Community Town Hall at Housatonic Community College! This was our opportunity to have a discussion and dialogue with statewide candidates before our Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

We believe the future of Connecticut is irrevocably tied to the future of Bridgeport. As an integral part of our state’s prosperity, growth and sustainability Bridgeport youth and residents were eager to hold a conversation about our collective future. All candidates running in Bridgeport were be invited to attend and participate.

It was an exciting night where voters in Bridgeport, surrounding towns, and Fairfield County heard directly from candidates running for office about what matters most to them. Candidates had time to present themselves, their platform, and why they are running to the audience. We then held a moderated “town hall” discussion about the issues that matter most to Greater Bridgeport residents. Spanish to English translation & childcare were provided.

We asked important questions about economic well-being, public health, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, education funding, immigration, casino gambling, anti-corruption, transportation, and the environment.

Thank you to our partners! We have worked tirelessly since June to make this evening a reality. We honor:

  • Bridgeport Generation Now
  • League of Women Voters, Bridgeport Area
  • Greater Bridgeport NAACP
  • The New Freedom Fighters
  • Thrive Emerging Leaders
  • Bridgeport Islamic Community Center
  • I Luv Bridgeport
  • Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
  • The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
  • Make The Road CT
  • Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program
  • Empowering Children and Families

Thank you to our Moderators! We honor Barbara Lopez, State Director from Make The Road CT and Barbara Scala, Core Member of Bridgeport Generation Now

Thank you to our Storytellers! We honor Tiheba Bain; Sonia and Yesenia (Parents at Make The Road); Tiana Krause, Charlie Hernandez, Julie Hajducky, Crystal Aguirre, (Bridgeport youth); Gemeem Davis; and Julia DiCola.

To read through the full Audience Guide, click here.

To look through photos by Netta Walker, click here.

To watch the Town Hall in full, filmed by The Recinos Company, click here.

Senate Candidate Forum: August 9th, 2018

Senate Candidate Forum: August 9th, 2018

Bridgeport Generation Now and Hang Time, a community support group for returning citizens, collaborated to bring a 23rd District State Senate Candidate Forum to the Bridgeport community on Thursday, August 9th, 2018!

This event was the only city-wide candidate forum for this important State Senate district before the primary election on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018.

The forum was open to all 23rd District State Senate candidates from all political parties and affiliations. The 23rd District encompasses most of Bridgeport and parts of Stratford. Click here to view a map of the district: https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10map/SLD_RefMap/upper/st09_ct/sldu09023/DC10SLDU09023_001.pdf

CANDIDATES:
Dennis Bradley (Bradley For Senate), Endorsed Democrat – confirmed
Aaron Turner (Aaron for Senate), Democrat – confirmed
John Rodriguez, Endorsed Republican – confirmed
Casimir Mizera, Republican – confirmed

Held at the University of Bridgeport and in partnership with Connecticut Against Gun Violence and The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, this forum educated Bridgeport and Stratford voters and created public space for a discussion about city-wide and state issues. It was also an opportunity to hold candidates accountable to policies and ideas that matter to the general public.

QUESTIONS & ISSUES:
– Personal experience
– Passion
– Leadership Style
– Youth/After School Programming
– Gun Violence
– Potential Casino
– Economic Development
– Anti-Corruption/Good Governance

This forum is strongly connected to Bridgeport Generation Now’s mission to empower and unite the Bridgeport community through healthy civic engagement and political education. Hang Time values real talk with respect, so this event is committed to civil dialogue that resonates with an inclusive audience.

To watch the live video feed, click here.

City Council Candidate Forum: September 6th, 2017

City Council Candidate Forum: September 6th, 2017

Did you know that 2017 was an election year in Bridgeport? All 20 seats on City Council – 2 seats per 10 voting districts – were up for re-election!

Bridgeport Generation Now, I Luv BridgeportMake the Road CTCongregations Organized for a New Connecticut and partners hosted a City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, September 6th 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Held at the historic Bijou Theater, this forum set the stage for a dynamic discussion about city-wide issues. It was also an opportunity to educate voters and hold candidates accountable to policies & ideas.

Moderated and formatted by Bridgeport Generation Now members and event partners, it was a fun, safe, and collaborative space!

Thank you to event partners:
Make the Road CT
I Luv Bridgeport
The Bananaland
Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut