Legality, Citizenship, and the Constitution in the Earthquake Area

Legality, Citizenship, and the Constitution in the Earthquake Area

Angelo Venti (Libera L’Aquila, Italy) and Cristina Iovenitti (Libera L’Aquila, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2122-0.ch038
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Libera (associations, numbers, and names against criminal organizations) and Liberainformazione, following the earthquake of 6 April 2009 that devastated the city of L’Aquila, have created a local chapter of “Libera L’Aquila,” and journalists and local volunteers are engaged in investigations of criminal infiltration in the management of the emergency and reconstruction and also in the training courses for legal education and active citizenship in secondary schools located in the earthquake area. The project is divided into three sessions for each group, and the topics relate mainly to the analysis of democratic values and constitutional principles, social antimafia and mafia roots, the value of memory and the meaning of the common good, the role of information and the active participation of citizens functional to the redevelopment of the whole area. The experience, unique of its kind in this area, is ongoing and continuously evolving.
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The size of educational innovation in question is that of “The report school territory: educating for active citizenship” (through an integrated training system as well as a democratic participation in school life and finally through a training including development efforts and planning, empowerment as an educational strategy ...).

The project was based on the Libera titled “Regoliamoci” (

Key Terms in this Chapter

Earthquake Area (“cratere sismico”): The province of L’Aquila hit by the earthquake of 6 April 2009.

Legality: Necessary condition to guarantee the country to democracy, civil society and economic development.

Italian Constitution: The fundamental law and founding of the Italian State

Criminal Organizations: Groups of people who carry out criminal activities and that have a hierarchical scheme and a common goal.

Active Citizenship: Means valuing young people as a process of continuing education to legality, participation and accountability.

Protezione Civile: Institution in charge of emergency management for the earthquake.

Libera: (Associations, Numbers and Names against Criminal Organizations) Coordination of more than 1500 organizations, groups, schools, grassroots, geographically committed to fostering a culture of legality.

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