Everything started during a friend meeting in the
summer of 2004. We were daydreaming about opening a pub.
But then someone said: “What if they ask us for the pizzo?”.
In sicily this is the name of racket: pizzo.
It is the system the mafia uses to impose tax and bring territory
under their control. The next day, Palermo woke up with walls, light
poles and phone booths covered by these
It reads: “A WHOLE PEOPLE WHO PAYS
THE PIZZO IS A PEOPLE WITHOUT DIGNITY”. Contrary
to expectations, the city seemed to wake up and react. Around the
boys who had pasted stickers during the first night a group of young
people began to gather who shared the same idea. As long as somebody
continues to pay the pizzo we will not be free. Because if my baker
pays the pizzo, I am giving money to the mafia when I buy bread
too, and so I submit myself to the mafia. In this way the Comittee
Addiopizzo was born.
Since the first stickers we have gone a long way. Above all, we
have found a new strategy to fight mafia: critical
shopping against pizzo. The campaign “Against
pizzo change your shopping habits” wants to create
a group of consumers in Palermo and in the region, ready to support
businesses who stand up against racket and, overcoming fear, denounce
You too can show your support for
our campaign, even if you don’t live in Italy, by filling
in the form and leaving a message on our Guestbook.