Legality, anti-Mafia struggle, socio-economic self-determination
In recent decades, organized crime has increasingly become one of the most important economic players in the market and in contemporary society. Infiltrating with its logic in all institutions as enterprises, banks, finance, it has made it increasingly difficult to clearly distinguish between legal and illegal economy. At the same time in these years subjects and movements engaged in the fight against Mafia and against the culture of lawlessness have increased, demonstrating that the first step to get rid of the criminal powers is to reject passivity and to show the self-determination of a civil society that can organize and build social ties, economic and political logic of cooperation, responsibility, justice and solidarity. The intention of the proponents of this workshop is to raise awareness of some of the most significant experiences in this sense, in Italy and abroad: the reality of the agricultural cooperatives that work on land taken from the Mafia, the labor camps that bring thousands of young people from the north to learn about the lands of the south, the transformation of agricultural practices with the conversion to organic farming and the end of the black labor in the fields, and finally the excellent results achieved with some quality production such as wine. These are not only economic initiatives but a way to rebuild community ties and healthy social practices that are the foundation of a new society and of a new way of life and production, not only economically but also socially and politically equitable and sustainable.
Alessandro Cobianchi, Raffaella Bolini, Michela Faccioli, Arci (Italy)
“The fight against criminal powers for a new way of living and producing”, by Alessandro Cobianchi
“Pratiche di responsabilizzazione come germogli di una resistenza non-violenta”, by Alessia Denise Ferrara
Instant report (pdf)