2018 Awards

Lawsuit big move for newcomers to Bridgeport civic engagement scene

Lawsuit big move for newcomers to Bridgeport civic engagement scene

“Lawsuit big move for newcomers to Bridgeport civic engagement scene” by

“People with power get confused because they think that our group attacks them, when all we want to do is focus on issues,” [Heilmann] said, from the group’s shared space office inside the B:Hive building in downtown Bridgeport on Thursday. “They think that they deserve to be primary in the things that we do … and they are not. The average person of Bridgeport who wants to get involved, that’s who’s centered in our work.”

Ganim Hires D.C. Chief As Cop Consultant

Ganim Hires D.C. Chief As Cop Consultant

“Ganim Hires D.C. Chief As Cop Consultant” By Brian Lockhart, Daniel Tepfer and Tara O’Neill, The Connecticut Post,

“We look forward to working with him,” said Callie Heilmann, president of the civic group Bridgeport Generation Now, which has been highly critical of Perez’s leadership and of the Bridgeport Police Department in general. “We hope that he does the work to bring together diverse groups of Bridgeport residents and youth without relying on gatekeepers in City Hall to handpick people for him.”

Bridgeport Police Misconduct Findings Resurface Community’s Deep-rooted Distrust

Bridgeport Police Misconduct Findings Resurface Community’s Deep-rooted Distrust

“Bridgeport Police Misconduct Findings Resurface Community’s Deep-rooted Distrust” by Tara O’Neill

“We need visionary leadership, moral consciousness, and deep committed collaborations to heal our police department and our communities from the violence, corruption, racism, and trauma,” the grassroots group Bridgeport Generation Now said after the city released a 405-page Office of Internal Affairs report Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Public Forums Are By Nature Messy

Op-Ed: Public Forums Are By Nature Messy

“Public Forums Are By Nature Messy: That doesn’t mean Bridgeport Schools Shouldn’t Have Them” Op-Ed by Callie Gale Heilmann and Rev. Cass Shaw, Connecticut Mirror, February 14th

“Elected officials should never be in the habit of shutting down public space. We cannot be afraid to face our deepest problems, our greatest sufferings, together and in the public arena. Only when we examine them collectively, shine a bright light, and let all voices be heard does the path forward become clear. Public space is messy for that very reason. And it takes strong leadership to hold such an inclusive space for all people, not just the people who agree with you politically.”

Job Skills Gain As Bridgeport Tells Its Stories

Job Skills Gain As Bridgeport Tells Its Stories

“Job Skills Gain As Bridgeport Tells Its Stories” by Jordan Grice, Connecticut Post, November 13, 2018

 

Op-Ed: Public Deserves Transparency in Police Chief Selection

Op-Ed: Public Deserves Transparency in Police Chief Selection

Op-Ed: “Public Deserves Full Transparency in Police Chief Search” by Gemeem Davis, Chair of Bridgeport United Against Corruption. Co-signed by Kyle Langan, City Council, 132nd District; Pete Spain, City Council, 130th District; Justice For Jayson; Reverend Anthony Bennett, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut; Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport; ACLU of Connecticut; and Showing Up For Racial Justice Fairfield County. Connecticut Post, October 18, 2018

 

Status Quo Remains For Bridgeport Cop Commission

Status Quo Remains For Bridgeport Cop Commission

“Status Quo Remains For Bridgeport Cop Commission” by Brian Lockhart, Connecticut Post, July 19, 2018

Bridgeport Residents Want Anti-bias, Better Training in Police Chief Candidates

Bridgeport Residents Want Anti-bias, Better Training in Police Chief Candidates

“Bridgeport Residents Want Anti-bias, Better Training in Police Chief Candidates” by Brian Lockhart, Connecticut Post, May 11, 2018

Op-Ed: Ganim, city government choose politics over Bridgeport children

Op-Ed: Ganim, city government choose politics over Bridgeport children

“Ganim, city government choose politics over Bridgeport children” Op-ed by Niels Heilmann, CT Mirror, October 13, 2017

A Crowded Field For Bridgeport Primaries

A Crowded Field For Bridgeport Primaries

“A Crowded Field for Bridgeport Primaries” by Brian Lockhart, Connecticut Post, September 9, 2017

Generation Now Is Up and Coming Your Way!

Generation Now Is Up and Coming Your Way!

“Generation Now is Up and Coming Your Way!” by Cedar Attanasio, Connecticut Post, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

A Conversation About History, Politics, And Culture In Connecticut's Park City

A Conversation About History, Politics, And Culture In Connecticut's Park City

On this hour of “Where We Live,” listen back to a panel discussion at B:Hive Bridgeport, a co-working space in the Park City’s downtown, with Bridgeport residents and lawmakers for a taste of the city’s history, politics, culture… and even some locally-made gin!

Originally aired on WNPR on April 7, 2017. Listen to the full episode here: http://www.wnpr.org/post/conversation-about-history-politics-and-culture-connecticuts-park-city