BRIDGEPORT – Earlier today the Working Families Party announced the resignation of former city school Board member Maria Periera from the party’s state committee.
Pereira has since shared her letter of resignation. In a nutshell she can’t support a party that is likely to endorse Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election bid.
The party, meanwhile, issued a statement saying it had not made an endorsement as of yet.
Pereira, you will recall, shocked most people when months after reclaiming a school board seat that the state Supreme Court ruled had been taken from her illegally, she announced she would not seek a second term. Shortly there after she became the local party chair, which as it turns out was a temporary gig. The party says that when there is no election, they don’t need a Bridgeport chair.
Here is Pereira’s letter to the Working Families Party co-chairs:
Dear Mr. Luciano and Ms. Kishner,
In 2009, the Working Families Party of Connecticut gave me an opportunity which I would not have been given by either major political party. I was a parent of public school student, who had never aspired to, or been elected to public office. I had not been politically active.
I will always be grateful to the Working Families Party for nominating me to run for a seat on the Bridgeport Board of Education. I was elected to the Board and completed my four (4) year term.
During the course of that term, the State Board of Education, in a conspiracy orchestrated by hedge fund billionaires, the Bridgeport business community, Mayor Finch and the Governor’s Office, illegally disbanded the democratically elected Board of Education, and installed in its place, an appointed corporate dominated Board.
Along with a minority of the Board, I opposed this cabal, which was ultimately declared illegal by the Connecticut Supreme Court. Thanks to the Rule of Law, I was returned to the Board, and completed the term to which I had been elected. I spent my own resources on legal fees in this effort, but it was worth the effort.
Another attempt by the Mayor of Bridgeport, backed by Bridgeport’s corporate interests, sought to install an appointed Board of Education in the City of Bridgeport. This power grab was rebuffed by the people of Bridgeport, who elected to retain their voting rights in November 2012.
As you know, the Working Families Party has never had a Bridgeport town committee with a formal organization structure, as that term is commonly understood. Prior to the 2013 municipal election, the executive director, established, on a temporary basis a Working Families Party Committee in Bridgeport. Following the 2013 municipal election, papers were filed dissolving that Committee.
However, notwithstanding the absence of a formal organizational structure, I was pleased when Working Families Executive Director, Lindsay Farrell, asked me to accept the ceremonial office of Chair of the Bridgeport Working Families Committee. I deeply appreciated the gesture because I believe that the mission of the Working Families Party is to advocate for, and to speak for the people, not for the corporate and political elites.
The Working Families Party has served as a vehicle for ordinary people in the City of Bridgeport to make their voices heard and to make their votes count. By winning seats on the Bridgeport Board of Education in two municipal elections and in a special election, the Working Families Party has served as an opposition force, which this one-party city so desperately needs.
Should you wish to establish a functioning Working Families Party organization in the City of Bridgeport, I wish you every success.
However, because the Working Families Party has indicated its intention to support the re-election of Governor Dannel Malloy, I cannot be a part of or associated with any such effort.
I believed that with a Democrat in the Governor’s Office, for the first time in two decades, those of us who were working for better educational outcomes for public school students in our urban centers would find a supportive and encouraging governor.
How wrong I was!
One of Governor Malloy’s first efforts was to disenfranchise the voters of Bridgeport by installing a corporate Board of Education. By trampling upon the democratic process, Governor Malloy exhibited his disdain and contempt for the people of the City of Bridgeport and proved that he is a willing accomplice of the corporate educational establishment.
I had hoped for a governor who would work with the elected Board of Education. Instead, we were subjected to a hostile takeover, the arrogance of a corporate board, and contempt for the Rule of Law.
I believe that the hard working men and women of the City of Bridgeport are as fully capable as their counterparts in Fairfield and Stratford, of electing their own leaders. Governor Malloy has demonstrated that he does not share this belief.
Therefore, in light of your support of the re-election of Governor Malloy, I cannot be associated with or be a part of the Working Families Party in any way.
Please consider this letter my formal resignation from the Connecticut Working Families State Committee effective immediately.
Thank you for your attention in this matter,