Reverse Strike

Reverse strike is an action that is both constructive and resistant at the same time.  Danilo Dolci, sometimes called the Sicilian Gandhi, used the term “strike in reverse” to describe an action undertaken by the citizens of Partinico Sicily.

The citizens of the town needed a road as an exit from their poverty.  The local government, controlled by the mafia refused help.  So the people seized the land needed and built their own road.  When finished they shared use of the road with everyone in the community including the mafia.  This is a true model of nonviolent direct action of the highest order.