Bridgeport’s democracy is broken – and it’s our job to fix it!

As we hear over and over from Bridgeport residents, they feel their voice — and their vote — doesn’t matter. So much so that many people refuse to participate in our local elections because they think the game is rigged. Now, we’re coming together as a community and a city to change that.

Unrig Bridgeport is a broad-based coalition of grassroots organizations in Bridgeport, working together on a campaign to fix Bridgeport’s broken democracy. 

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

Legislative: We’re fighting at the state and local level for the policies laid out in The People’s Platform! In 2021, we wrote and released The People’s Platform: a comprehensive 30-point plan outlined below that offers a positive vision of justice and equity initiatives, good government proposals, pro-democracy measures, and takes on the culture of systemic corruption in the Park City. This year, we’re most proud of winning an independent election monitor that will oversee our local elections for two years.

Electoral: During the 2021 local elections, all candidates in the primaries for City Council, Board of Education, and City Sheriff were invited to complete a questionnaire and pledged to our platform. After interviews with the candidates who completed that pledge, the Unrig Bridgeport Coalition announced its first-ever slate of political endorsements in support of seven outstanding candidates. To read more about our 2021 candidates, click here.

Mobilization: We’ve engaged with thousands of Bridgeport voters about the issues that matter to them and our collective vision for positive change. In 2021, our coalition hit the streets, knocked doors, made phone calls, and got out the vote for our endorsed slate of candidates – and they WON!

The UNRIG BRIDGEPORT COALITION is made 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, The Working Families Party – CT

Key Dates

  • August 9, 2022
  • November 9, 2022