As we usher in the new year, we extend our warmest wishes by revisiting the significant milestones in our purdsuit to prevent and combat the scourge of Mafia extortion and usury. Throughout the past twelve months, we have challenged the influence of the Mafia, working tirelessly to dismantle its grip on our communities.
Our commitment goes beyond mere opposition; it is a defiance against the very culture of the Mafia, an ideology that stifles freedom and democracy. The fight against extortion is a fight for liberty and justice, a battle we’ve waged passionately in the face of adversity.
Addiopizzo operates concretely by providing free assistance to victims of Mafia coercion and supporting those who resist. We stand as a glimmer of hope for those affected, offering practical support and resources to rebuild lives impacted by organized crime.
Additionally, we champion the cause through our “Mafia-free” business network, promoting critical consumption. Businesses that join this network take a stand against paying protection money to the Mafia. By choosing to support these establishments, consumers become active contributors to the fight against the Mafia’s influence.
In a city as complex as Palermo, our work extends beyond direct confrontation. Social inclusion and urban regeneration are integral components of our efforts to defy the Mafia’s influence. We believe that by fostering inclusivity and revitalizing urban spaces, we create environments that reject the toxic grip of organized crime, offering citizens the opportunity to thrive independently.
Before we embark on the adventures that 2024 holds, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have aided us. Whether you’ve lent a helping hand as volunteers, amplified our campaign’s visibility, or supported us from near or far with both small and substantial monetary contributions, your collective efforts have propelled our cause forward. Addiopizzo thrives because of your generosity, dedication, and belief in a Mafia-free future.
In 2024, we anticipate another pivotal year, made even more significant as we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Addiopizzo. With this spirit of defiance and resilience, we renew our wishes for a Happy New Year.
Wishing you a year filled with courage, progress, and the triumph of justice over oppression!
Here is a non-exhaustive list, in random order, of activities that Addiopizzo has carried out during this year and the achievements accomplished, also thanks to your support:
- Promoting a Collective Stand Against Mafia Extortion in Palermo
We recently operated in a delicate area of Palermo, Corso Calatafimi, to push shopkeepers for a collective complaint against Mafia extortion, illustrating our unwavering commitment to combatting criminal activity and fostering unity in the community.
- Video-stories of Resistance against the Mafia
We have created a series of brief videos showcasing the inspiring stories of individuals who courageously resist Mafia extortion with the support of Addiopizzo.
- Making Connivance Unconvenient: Advocating for Legislation
Our advocacy efforts for legislation aimed to discredits the complicity with the Mafia. Discover how we are pushing for legal measures against those who accept to pay protection money not because they are victims, but in the expectation of receiving some benefit in return.
- Building a Sense of Community at ‘Piazza Magione’
Our social inclusion activities have resumed at the San Basilio gym in the Ferrara school in Piazza Magione, Palermo. A total of 35 children, aged between 7 and 15, are participating in this year’s group engaged in social and sports activities, both within and beyond the Kalsa neighborhood of Palermo.
- Antiracket Critical Consumption Network Grows and Strengthens
Our antiracket critical consumption network, “Pago chi non paga” (Pay Who Doesn’t Pay), is expanding and solidifying. Discover how we are building a network that promotes responsible consumer choices against the racket.
- Justice Served: Condemnation of Loan Sharks and Compensation for Victims
The recent legal victory against loan sharks, resulting in compensation for victims assisted by Addiopizzo. We continue our fight for justice and support for victims.
- Empowering the Young Owners of ‘Caffè Verdone’
Their journey, begun with the complaint and continued with the testimony in court against their extortionists, supported by Addiopizzo, has finally arrived to an happy ending.
- Engaging with Schools: Nurturing Discussions on Anti-Racket Initiatives
An ongoing engagements with schools, fostering discussions on anti-racket initiatives. This year we have been particularly dedicated to educating and empowering the younger generation.
- A School of Arts and Crafts for Social Inclusion
QuattroPuntoZero, is a School of Arts and Crafts, designed to foster social inclusion. Learn about this initiative that aims to empower through education.