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Cowboy Protest Flag

image by Pier Paolo Lugli, 15 January 1998

This is a flag flown by Italian cowboys during their complaint campaign against the government. It depicts the black and white cow smiling at the officers... It is usually placed amid a white flag in various sizes. Often it extends close to the borders facing at the hoist.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 15 January 1998

ARCI - Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana (Recreational - Cultural Italian Association)

image by Jaume Oll?, 27 March 2005

ARCI is a leftist association born in 1898 With the name "Societß operaie di mutuo soccorso" (Workers Mutual Help Society). This is NOT a Trade Union per se. In the last century this association is changed into a recreational-cultural organization. ARCI means Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana (Recreational-Cultural Italian Association), but today is defined as "Associazione di Promozione Culturale" (Cultural Promotion Association). ARCI is always present in workers strikes, demonstrations etc. with people, stands, and many types of help.
Aaron Belotti, 23 December 2002


image by Jaume OllÚ, 27 March 2005

See also: Gay Pride/Rainbow Flag

ADICONSUM - Associazione Difesa Consumatore e Ambiente (Association for the Defense of Consumers and the Environment)

image by Jorge Candeias, 25 June 2005

The P˙blico newspaper of January 18, 2005 had an article about problems between small investors and Argentina because following the economical collapse of the country it stopped paying the money due to these investors. It was illustrated by the photo showing a man holding a flag and exhibiting a sign with a logo and an inscription. Interestingly, this inscription is in Italian and reads "pi¨ controlli e sanzioni contro chi specula sul risparmio". This and the fact that the text speaks of a demonstration of over 100 people in front of the italian parliament, hints that the flag is Italian and not Argentinian. And indeed it is. The flag and the logo that was found in the poster that point to an Italian association of consumer protection, the ADICONSUM - Associazione Difesa Consumatore e Ambiente (site at <>), which translates as "association for the defense of consumers and the environment". The logo is an overly complicated arrangement of lettering with a leaf and three small wavelets in the Italian colours as the only non-alphabetic elements. As for the background of the flag, I guessed that it was white or some other very light colour.
Jorge Candeias, 25 June 2005

Italian Futurist Movement

Here is the flag of the Italian Futurist Movement of the early 20th Centry as seen on the right-wing Italian blog
Ron Lahav, 2 February 2008

The motto "Marciare non marcire" means "To march, not to rot". This was the Futurists' motto, coined by Marinetti, widely reused by the Italian fascists and sometimes misattributed to Mussolini himself.
The newspaper "Marciare non marcire" had a single issue, released on 23 November 1924 and celebrating the birth of Futurism (<>).
I suppose that "marcire" comes from the Latin verb "marcescere", "to wilt", which gave the botanic word "marcescence": "Marcescence is the retention of dead plant organs that normally are shed. It is most obvious in deciduous trees that retain leaves through the winter. Several trees normally have marcescent leaves such as oak (Quercus), beech (Fagus) and hornbeam (Carpinus). Marcescent leaves of pin oak (Quercus palustris) complete development of their abscission layer in the spring. The base of the petiole remains alive over the winter" (See: Wikipedia).
Ivan Sache, 2 February 2008

I seriously doubt that this is actually a flag of the Futurist Movement. Flags usually don't spell out: "This is a flag" This is most probably a rather modern graphical image using the colours of the Italian flag, nothing else.
M. Schm÷ger, 3 February 2008