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Resistance against the Mafia

Felicia's open door

Felicia left us ten years ago, but her strength, her irony, that countered the stereotypes of the grieving mater mediterranea, the lucidity of your remarks remain in the memory of those who have been friends to her, and her smile welcomes the visitors of her house, which according to her will has remained open and has become Casa Memoria. A secular sanctuary.

​Father Puglisi’s tree in the Temple Valley of Agrigento

Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Chairman of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous; translated by Carolina Figini

There is no single archeological site in the world where you can feel the charm of Greek civilization with the same intensity as in the Valley of Temples in Agrigento.

Etats Généraux against the Mafia

You can defeat the Mafia only by creating synergies and spreading the culture of "Righteous legality" in the younger generations. This is the basis of father Luigi Ciotti's initiative Contromafie, whose third edition will take place in Rome from 23 to 26 October.

22nd anniversary of Capaci massacre

On 22 May the Legality Ships will sail for Palermo from Civitavecchia and Naples, with a lot of students on board. They will commemorate the murders of Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, the members of his police bodyguard, and the later massacre in via D'Amelio where judge Borsellino would be killed as well. 

The "Righteous legality"

Encounter with father Luigi Ciotti within the framework of initiative "the priests who made Italy civic: from father Milani to father Ciotti". To reflect on the struggle for human dignity and against the Mafia and the camorra and its meaning in the Italian society.

The Righteous against the Mafia - a Ga.Ri.Wo. document

The Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee reflects on the Mafia as an anti-State entity and its relationships to politics and civil society.  In order to fight the Mafia it is important to spread the example of the Righteous who have rejected the criminal logics and defended the moral integrity and the legality of personal and public deeds. 

Resistance against the Mafia

moral rebellion of civil society and role of the institutions

We may define the Mafia as a power competing with the State for the control (in delinquent terms) over the territory. The Mafia occupies the vacuum left by the State and contends for it with the State itself (also by carrying out killings, which has happened rather blatantly in the past few decades), when the State tries to fill it.An innovative approach to the analysis of the Mafioso phehomenon , which can be useful to determine the conditions for a successful opposition to it, may start from comparing the power of the coscas and the totalitarian state, as far as the forms and the results in terms of grip on society are concerned, which turns out to be absolute in both cases, in particular by sawing terror, creating the criminal élites, hitting the "dissidents", isolating people, breaking up blood relations, fostering resignation and submission, as well as crime denial.
As stopping genocide or curbing the strength of a totalitarian regime require a strong intervention both from the state level (within the apparatuses or from other states, diplomatically or by the use of force) and civil society, so to defuse the Mafia power we need the synergy between the two segments failing to engage, i.e. the state and the citizens.

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