De Majo: “I am councilor of a city divided and full of barriers”

twelve o’clock, March 11, 2021 – 09:14

Dear manager,
Monday I resigned to the mayor as councilor for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Naples, believing that a political path that up to a certain point I contributed to build with enthusiasm and dedication was concluded.

Land the reasons for this reasoned and painful choice lie in the acknowledgment of a progressive removal of the “palace” from the real city, in a historical moment in which that real city is experiencing a phase of unprecedented difficulty and in which the town hall should be point of reference for those who live a moment of extreme suffering.

This is not the time to look in the mirror, focusing exclusively on building an electoral consensus that is only useful for personal affirmation.

It’s time to look the city in the eye.

The global pandemic is in fact having devastating consequences on cities, especially on those that previously lived in a largely informal economy and in which the main citizenship rights are still not fully guaranteed.

Unfortunately Naples is one of them.

The same sector that I have had the privilege of being able to occupy myself during these last fifteen months, that of culture and entertainment, is on its knees.

There are dozens of cultural associations, small theaters, cinemas, concert halls, which risk never reopening or the women and men who had decided to dedicate their lives to art who are instead forced to look for makeshift trades for to be able to survive the crisis.

Aware of this condition and of our difficult role as an institution of proximity to which every citizen turns in the first instance when in difficulty, together with the other councilors and other councilors for culture of the main Italian cities, during these months we have tried to do common front, asking the government on the one hand measures of economic support to local authorities that would allow us to provide the sector with answers that match expectations and on the other hand to finally work on a reform of cultural work that recognizes its productive value in all its phases, including those of training and the creative process. A reform necessary to combat the disease of undeclared and underpaid work.

We have achieved some important results but we still have a long way to go.

The next few months will therefore be decisive for the future of Naples and the Neapolitans and Neapolitans, and in my opinion it is necessary to direct the discussion towards what the city needs: an administration capable of keeping the doors always open, ready to make charged with the daily difficulties of its most fragile citizens but also with a bet on a future that brings our city back to the center of an international dimension, worthy of a European metropolis.

An administration that faces with determination the tragedy of a precarious generation forced to emigrate out of necessity.

We must not forget that Naples has always had the extraordinary ability to become a laboratory of political innovation and become an example. It may be its social composition so incredibly varied or its inimitable characteristic of enclosing infinite worlds in a single city, but Naples is like that, surprising, disappointing but very often anticipating. This is the challenge that we must take up today and to which I would like to be able to contribute. Certainly aware that the stake of participation, the involvement of the whole city in decision-making processes, is a tiring thing.

Those who believed in the season of neighborhood popular assemblies, of councils, of squares that discussed in a circle about issues concerning the daily life of each of us know well.

We have made many mistakes, but this cannot mean a return to a debate in which only the political class and party secretariats are the protagonists. We need to focus on the right of people to decide, strengthened by the daily work that many civic experiences in our city do every day.

Naples always runs the very dangerous risk of transforming itself into a “divided” city, full of barriers, impassable walls between suburbs and center, between popular neighborhoods and uptown neighborhoods, between notables and subordinates. When Naples divides it shows its most disturbing, most dangerous face. The task of politics must be to build bridges, not to nourish this division, to work so that participation in public life is as broad and transversal, with the aim of keeping together a city capable of standing up cohesive and looking to the future.
Eleonora De Majo

March 11, 2021 | 09:14

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