2019 administrative elections. In these weeks Albania News has largely given space to the strong presence of candidates of Albanian origin to the now imminent municipal and to the presence of Gerarta Dance in the Southern District of Europe. Today we present you Borana Tartari, candidate a Bergamo, with the List of Democratic Party with Giorgio gori mayor. Married and mother of two small children, she lives in Bergamo from the 2005.
I'm Borana Tartari. I have 32 years and I was born in Tirana. I'm married, I'm Christian's mom (3 and a half years) and Amla Sophie (10 months).
I hold the position of secretary at the Association Sconfinando and I work as a cultural mediator of Albanian, English and Spanish in various institutions and in the Bergamo Prison.
I am a candidate on the list of the Democratic Party of Bergamo for the second mandate of the Mayor Giorgio Gori, against Giacomo Stucchi.
Interview with Borana Tartari
1. What is your proposal in the list program
The Democratic party as the main party of the coalition was very careful and detailed in proposing a program and a working method made of participation, listening, understanding and decision.
My proposal in the program was: for one Bergamo ever more attentive regarding the new policies of social inclusion and culture of differences.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
The biggest innovation will surely be in the first place, themembership for the first time of a new citizen in the political participation of the city of Bergamo.
Furthermore, it is my prerogative to set up a group, a small commission outside the City Council, made up of new citizens but not only, also of foreign citizens of the city, with whom to discuss legislative proposals and also problems and actual needs of this part of citizenship, to begin in this way to sensitize citizens about the importance of participation in the civic and political life of their city.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
In my opinion, they will have to vote for what they are and for the personal journey that I have inside, both an example of integration, but also for what I gave to the community of Bergamo. In particular, for all I have yet to give.
Bergamo taught me some extraordinary aspects that have become my strong point.
The city has taught me its charitable part, giving light and hope to the most difficult and dark places, but at the same time Bergamo also has a somewhat closed side, made up of fears that I would like so much, thanks to my contribution and that of a good citizenship, change through good integration of knowledge and respect for the rules.
4. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
Absolutely a point of advantage and wealth. Belonging to two different cultures helps you to critically examine different situations and consequently, to find a solution or a way out in a much simpler way.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
Albania for me is my land, my pride. My identity.
Being Albanian for me is a source of strength in the face of every challenge, for me being an Albanian means being the daughter of a brave people, but one that has never attacked any neighbor, indeed it has always had to defend itself.
For me, being Albanian means belonging to a people that in the darkest times, thanks to the courage of its children, has protected the entire continent from Ottoman dangers, and this is Albania that I carry in my heart, in my veins and that I have so much desire to tell through my work and my example.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
To have a foreign name, for me it means nothing negative or embarrassing (except when I have to spell, because it is pronounced wrong, and then amiably explaining the meaning of my name that in my native land corresponds to the "snow").
I met so many people that in order not to feel "discriminated", they denied being Albanians saying they were "fake Greeks". This is unjustifiable, because to feel part of a society, I have to make myself known and respected, not hide.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I am quite a citizen of the city of Bergamo for those who will vote for me, I am an active citizen who I know well many realities, not only of my neighborhood, but of the whole city and this is also one of the reasons why I got involved.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
The polls in our times are to be taken a lot with pliers, even if regarding our coalition, the polls are very positive.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
For me, integration is a continuous process on a par, both in the migrations of forced or voluntary populations they are; many say that the integration of Albanian citizens is over, because we are having the opportunity to be part of the active participation policy of our places of residence, but considering my experience, I think that even in the 2019 an Albanian citizen just or recently immigrant, he needs all the tools necessary to start his personal process of aggregation and integration within society.
The stories of political participation told in these days, whether or not they are successful, accompanied by the office of Albanian candidates throughout Italy, are a very important quality step for our community. By now our community is no longer labeled as that of criminals or delinquents, but this does not mean we need to generalize the success of one, two or a hundred individuals, with the fundamental process of integration which consequently brings the possibility of equal opportunities.
10. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
The Albanian community in the city of Bergamo and the province is very numerous and organized. According to Istat data of 1 January 2018 Albanian 1000 residing in the city of Bergamo and 11.350 were counted throughout the province.
In the province of Bergamo the association "Trespassing", of which I am a part, counts almost 2.000 members. For the moment there is not yet an Albanian school, but from my daily contact I see that the second generations have a good command of the Abanese that surely needs to be perfected through a school.
11. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
I cannot deny that in this historical moment, the dual citizenship of foreigners has turned the attention of political forces towards us (just think of how political forces, such as the Lega Nord, Forza Italia, Forza Nuova have attracted to their lists of citizens foreigners), but in my path, my collaboration with the various institutions has begun and has continued with a close and more and more time collaboration to help the citizens and this has happened very first of my citizenship.
12. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
For me, seeing so many Albanian candidates on the lists not only in Italy, but throughout Europe, is a source of pride and pride. I wish everyone to be satisfied with this experience (even if perhaps not all of them will come out as winners) and to always keep in the heart that humility that made us reach where we are today. All this, together with our abilities, will be something extra for us.
13. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
I take this opportunity to thank Albania News for the support it has offered to all Albanian candidates in a fair and professional manner during this period, to invite all Albanian citizens to express their preferences through the right and duty to vote and above all to all my compatriots in Bergamo, to remember the 26 May.
To go to the polls and vote, to have the opportunity to be part of everyone together with the participation of our city, with the same unity and collaboration that we have exercised in these years in front of the problems and difficulties of both.
For me, good politics starts from the bottom, listening to everyone, identifying the solution towards the weakest and those in need, and this is a lesson I learned in Bergamo, as a result of my integration. In Bergamo, politicians, ladies, deputies, Presidents of the City Council make politics standing close to the citizens, solving their problems and not telling how it should be done, as the politicians of my native land are usually used to doing.
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