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NCRN Event: How do I know I’ve been colonized? Let’s count the ways!

by | Jun 27, 2021 | Events | 0 comments

See Description of painting below.

National Community Rights Network (NCRN) is excited to offer the upcoming webinar on Wednesday June 30, 8 pm ET. “How do I know I’ve been colonized? Let’s count the ways!”, is based on the work of Jane Ann Morris. Her 1998 article entitled “Help, I’ve Been Colonized and I Can’t Get Up” shattered the delusions of many social justice activists trying to navigate a regulatory system that was set up to benefit the corporate elite at the expense of communities and the environment. This important piece outlines how the fixed system is designed to manage us and prevent any viable change that would benefit communities and the environment. We may think that others are colonized but not us, but by reading this article you will discover the many ways that you and I have been colonized.

If you can read this article before our webinar, great! And/or listen to Jane talk about this on C-SPAN, a 25 minute VIDEO clip November 30, 1996.


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for this meeting on June 30, 2021 8:00 PM Eastern Time

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the meeting.


Jane’s biography:

Jane Anne Morris (1953-2019) was a Corporate anthropologist, activist, and author, who worked on many issues including local democracy, the environment, human rights, labor organizing, energy, police brutality, health care access, and food security.

Read more at National Community Rights Network


The painting above shows “Manifest Destiny” (the belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean). In 1872 artist John Gast painted a popular scene of people moving west that captured the view of Americans at the time. Called “Spirit of the Frontier” and widely distributed as an engraving portrayed settlers moving west, guided and protected by Columbia (who represents America and is dressed in a Roman toga to represent classical republicanism) and aided by technology (railways, telegraph), driving Native Americans and bison into obscurity. The technology shown in the picture is used to represent the outburst of innovation and invention of modern technology. It is also important to note that Columbia is bringing the “light” as witnessed on the eastern side of the painting as she travels towards the “darkened” west.

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