counterculture, Environment, feminism, folk music, Music, Uncategorized

Medicine Woman by Rising Appalachia

Medicine Woman by Rising Appalachia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czkHmjrFCnM

Medicine Wise men say that rushing is violence and so is your silence when its rooted in compliance To stand firm in loving defiance, make art your alliance give voice to the fire Move people to the beat of the wind Gather yourself and begin to dance the song until it ends We are winners, champions of the light forming in numbers and might keep the truth close insight… Chorus: Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace, I know your face, and I trust your hands Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace, I know your face, and I trust your hands

Find your teachers in the voice of the forests unplug you can’t ignore this wisdom of the voiceless Remedies are bountiful and surround us from the garden to the farthest prayers made of stardust Find your healing in the music that calls you the voice that enthralls you what do you belong to Eyes out there’s the setting of the sun give thanks to each and every one the lesson is the…Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace I know your face, and I trust your hand Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace, I know your face, and I trust your hand

Poem: I believe in bending backward and extending in my tracks trip back until the lesson is in action and your yard is feeding stop stark the disbelieving cause the garden holds the shards the medicine is in the seeds when We hold tight to our right to protect and we know our might is 10-fold in connection our elders hold them bright lights we protect them the medicine is evident the wolf, the hawk, the bear clan We hold tight to our right to protect and we know our might is 10-fold in connection our elders hold them bright lights we protect them the medicine is evident the wolf, the hawk, the bear clan… Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace, I know your face, and I trust your hands Medicine Woman, Medicine Man Walking with grace, I know your face, and I trust your handshummer by Evelyn Del Carmen Neira Santibanez (1)

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counterculture, Uncategorized, women's literature, Women's rights

The story of a remarkable life, if i must say so myself

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K Three stories of a woman coming of age in the wilds of the Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon, where Eve lives in her tent in a camp with five other foresters doing timber inventory for the Forest Service.

I found my journals from when I first moved to Oregon and sat reading them and chuckling to myself and I thought “these would make a great story” and so I started writing the three books in one paperback book. Check out my author page: https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K

 

 

 

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American's, gun violence, politics, Uncategorized, violence

Trump is a Male Supremacist

Trump and men like him are Male Supremacists.

Trump’s recent emboldening of White Supremacists and White Nationalists which lent itself to the shootings in El Paso should also include his hatred of women. He’s a male supremacist, He’s a misogynist which is defined as a person who dislikes, despises, or is stringing prejudiced against women: synonyms: woman-hater, anti-feminist, male chauvinist, male supremacist, chauvinist, and sexist.

The proof?  The way he disrespects women by grabbing them in the pussy, and the dozens of women who have accused our President of sexual assault. Two have accused him of rape, his ex-wife (who he probably paid off to drop the charges) and the woman he raped in the dressing room of the NY department store.

How about the women he paid off so they would keep quiet about his affairs with a stripper and playmate? One affair was just after the birth of his son. He disrespects his wife and yet she stands behind him.

Look at the way he disrespected 4 women Congresswomen when he attacked “The Squad”, that was not only racist but also was misogynistic. He can’t handle strong women; he disses Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi.

Our presidents’ payoffs stripper Stormy Daniels and PlaymateKaren McDougal. These are the types of women he cheats on his wife with.

And where is the outrage from his daughter Ivanka and his wife Melania? Why can’t they stand up to him and get him to apologize for his part in the divisiveness he’s created? No, they remain silent, mute

When will Americans say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? When will people go to the streets as they did in Puerto Rico and protest this President’s long list of offenses against the people of our country? Don’t wait for the election Congress should impeach him immediately.

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Keep Love Alive, policitcs, Uncategorized, Women's rights

Op-Ed by Rep Ilhan Omar about racism

It Is Not Enough to Condemn Trump’s Racism

Throughout history, demagogues have used state power to target minority communities and political enemies, often culminating in state violence. Today, we face that threat in our own country, where the president of the United States is using the influence of our highest office to mount racist attacks on communities across the land. In recent weeks, he has lashed out unprompted against four freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and me, from Minnesota.

Last week, as President Trump watched the crowd at one of his rallies chant “Send her back,” aimed at me and my family, I was reminded of times when such fearmongering was allowed to flourish. I also couldn’t help but remember the horrors of civil war in Somalia that my family and I escaped, the America we expected to find and the one we actually experienced.

The president’s rally will be a defining moment in American history. It reminds us of the grave stakes of the coming presidential election: that this fight is not merely about policy ideas; it is a fight for the soul of our nation. The ideals at the heart of our founding — equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty — are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them.

Having survived civil war in my home country as a child, I cherish these values. In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, I saw grade-school children as young as me holding assault rifles in the streets. I spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where there was no formal schooling or even running water. But my family and I persevered, fortified by our deep solidarity with one another, the compassion of others and the hope of a better life in the United States.

The America we arrived in was different from the one my grandfather had hoped to find. The land of opportunity he imagined was in fact full of challenges. People identified me in ways that were foreign to me: immigrant, black. I learned that these identities carried stigmas, and I experienced prejudice as a visibly Muslim woman.

But the beauty of this country is not that our democracy is perfect. It’s that embedded in our Constitution and democratic institutions are the tools to make it better. It was in the diverse community of Minneapolis — the very community that welcomed me home with open arms after Mr. Trump’s attacks against me last week — where I learned the true value of democracy. I started attending political caucuses with my grandfather, who cherished democracy as only someone who has experienced its absence could. I soon recognized that the only way to ensure that everyone in my community had a voice was by participating in the democratic process.

Today, that basic promise is under threat. Our democratic institutions have been weaponized. The Trump administration has sought to restrict people from exercising their voting rights. It has sought to undermine the basic checks and balances of our Constitution by not respecting subpoenas from Congress. And the president has used overtly racist rhetoric to strike fear and division in communities of color and religious minorities across the country.

The idea — explicitly expressed by this president and enshrined into law by executive order — that people from certain Muslim-majority countries cannot enter this country is not just bad policy; it is a direct threat to liberal democracy. The chants of “Jews will not replace us,” shouted at a rally in Charlottesville in 2017 by white supremacists, whom this president tacitly accepted, are a direct attack on the values of religious freedom central to the founding of our nation.

The reasons for weaponizing division are not mysterious. Racial fear prevents Americans from building community with one another — and community is the lifeblood of a functioning democratic society. Throughout our history, racist language has been used to turn American against American in order to benefit the wealthy elite. Every time Mr. Trump attacks refugees is a time that could be spent discussing the president’s unwillingness to raise the federal minimum wage for up to 33 million Americans. Every racist attack on four members of Congress is a moment he doesn’t have to address why his choice for labor secretary has spent his career defending Wall Street banks and Walmart at the expense of workers. When he is launching attacks on the free press, he isn’t talking about why his Environmental Protection Agency just refused to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children.

His efforts to pit religious minorities against one another stem from the same playbook. If working Americans are too busy fighting with one another, we will never address the very real and deep problems our country faces — from climate change to soaring inequality to lack of quality affordable health care.

The only way to push back is to be unequivocal about our values. It is not enough to condemn Mr. Trump’s racism. We must affirmatively confront racist policies — whether the caging of immigrant children at the border or the banning of Muslim immigrants or the allowing of segregation in public housing. It is not enough to condemn the corruption and self-dealing of this administration. We must support policies that unmistakably improve working people’s lives, including by strengthening collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and pursuing a universal jobs guarantee.

The consequences of this fight will not just be felt here at home but around the world. Right-wing nationalism in Hungary, Russia, France, Britain and elsewhere is on the march in ways not seen in decades. America has been a beacon of democratic ideals for the world. If we succumb to the fever of right-wing nationalism, it will have consequences far beyond our borders.

The proudest moments in our history — from the Emancipation Proclamation to the civil rights movement to the struggle against fascism — have come when we fight to protect and expand basic democratic rights. Today, democracy is under attack once again. It’s time to respond with the kind of conviction that has made America great before.

Thank you for taking the time to read my piece. Although these are some very difficult times, I am also hopeful. I know that together we can use the powerful tools of our democracy to build an America where all our welcome.

Click here to make a donation to my re-election campaign and PCCC’s work to elect bold progressives across the country who will unapologetically defend our democratic values.

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