• Unrig Bridgeport Promotes Radical Progressive Agenda for 2023 Local Elections, Including Equity Study, Anti-Racism Training, Reparations Study And More

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    Unrig Bridgeport is a broad-based grassroots coalition that's working on a campaign to allegedly fix Bridgeport's "broken democracy" and corruption.

    The campaign has three goals – legislative, electoral, and mobilization.

    • Goal #1: Implement a 30-point plan for justice and equity, good government, and pro-democracy, - and take on the culture of systemic corruption.
    • Goal #2: Endorse candidates who pass an interview and pledge support to the Unrig Bridgeport platform.
    • Goal #3: Mobilize the community to knock on doors, make phone calls, and turn out the vote.

    The Unrig Bridgeport Coalition is composed of the following partner organizations: Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, Bridgeport Strong, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, The Greater Bridgeport NAACP, Greater Bridgeport Ed Gomes Black Democratic Club, Make The Road CT Action, PT Partners, SEIU 1199 New England, The Working Families Party – Bridgeport, and The Working Families Party – CT.

    But what exactly is the Unrig platform and the 30-point plan all about?

    Unrig Bridgeport starts off with recommendations, many rooted in the divisive concept of "equity", to address what it calls "Good Government":

    • Implementing a zero tolerance policy for political patronage and cronyism and taking action to strengthen oversight of City government (e.g., make hiring transparent, sign pledge not to use political position for influence).
    • Making City government more open, accessible, and equitable (e.g., hold regular meetings, improve language accessibility, conduct a racial equity study, implement anti-racist training, study the possibility of a City Reparations Fund).
    • Ensuring clean and fair elections (e.g., absentee ballot education, training and compliance; support a study on public financing of elections).
    • Leading an equitable, open, transparent City budget process (e.g., conduct a budget equity analysis to explain how the municipal budget addresses equity by identifying, remedying, and preventing past, present, and future patterns of discrimination and disparities).

    The next set of recommendations focus on Education:

    • Put forward an education budget that is equitable and moves us toward full funding;
    • Invest in desperately needed school site and curriculum improvements to make sure all children are prepared to learn; and
    • Support the social/emotional learning and health of our students.

    Then there's a whole series of progressive housing policies (e.g., introduce rent control and rent stabilization, support a minimum threshold requirement for minority and women owned businesses in City development contracts) and safety and justice policies (e.g., strengthen civilian oversight of the police, police contract reform).

    The Blueprint also includes a list of requirements to ensure that new jobs benefit the Bridgeport community and not just "special interests". These include things like supporting black-owned businesses, raising the minimum wage from $15/hour to $25/hour, and eliminating "sub-minimum wage" for service industries.

    Other plans involve public transit, environmental justice, arts and culture.

    Unrig Bridgeport is tied to BPT Gen Now Votes, which is on a mission to increase voter turnout in local elections. The group also endorses candidates for elections. To get an endorsement, candidates must complete a questionnaires which requires things like your pronouns, gender identity and more.

    In 2021, six BPT Gen Now-endorsed candidates won seats on City Council and the Board of Education.

    Questionnaires for 2023 endorsements are due on June 28, 2023.

    Are any conservatives in Bridgeport this organized?

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