The system is corrupt. Together, we can fix it.
In 2018, through research and analysis, Bridgeport Generation Now members came to a consensus that the root cause of Bridgeport’s inequities stems from an entrenched a way of being that’s antithetical to the norms of a fully functioning democracy.
Our elections are rigged by abusing the absentee ballot voting process, city jobs and Boards and Commissions appointments don’t go to the most qualified, but instead are held hostage to an insidious system of political patronage. Voter turnout in Bridgeport is the lowest of all the towns in Fairfield county. In a nutshell, our political system has been corrupted.
With that in mind, Bridgeport Generation Now began its anti-corruption work by bringing together a diverse coalition of citizens, activists, public servants and business owners who believe it’s time to put an end to corruption. Our city will never reach its full potential if we don’t. We value accountability and transparency and demand that our public officials do the same.
We’re Bridgeport focused but part of a national movement. We are the official Connecticut chapter of Represent Us, a national anti-corruption organization that brings together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money and fix our broken elections.
We won our first campaign on June 4, 2018 after successfully lobbying our City Council passed the Bridgeport Anti-Corruption Resolution. The resolution although non binding is an aspirational document that helps Bridgeport, as a collective body, acknowledge our mistakes, and provides a road map to a new way of being. It calls on all our elected and appointed officials and employees of the city of Bridgeport to adhere to our ethics ordinance.
In 2019, we organized a canvass that led to the lawsuit “Lazar v. Ganim” challenging the results of the 2019 Democratic Primary election, which uncovered widespread absentee ballot abuse and fraud in our local elections.
All Bridgeport United Against Corruption campaigns are now the work of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes.