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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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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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Our Ever Wise Congressman Peter DeFazio’s take on a woman’s choice

A woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body, pregnancy, and parenthood are under attack, Diane.

I stand with women across this country who have been repeatedly victimized by the Trump administration, the Supreme Court nominations, and now their very own state legislatures.

In the past several months, five states have passed barbaric legislation that effectively eliminates a woman’s right to access a safe, legal abortion.

Earlier this week, the Alabama Senate approved the nation’s strictest measure which bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy, even in horrific instances of rape and incest. Last night, Governor Kay Ivey signed this unconstitutional bill into law.

This morning, it was Missouri and Louisiana.

If Republicans have their way, survivors of sexual assault would be forced to bear the children of their attacker. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison – a harsher punishment than those convicted of second-degree rape. It’s not only cruel, butCircles of women fr it’s also unconscionable, Diane.

These bills are direct attacks to Roe v Wade and established law; I’ll fight against them at every opportunity. We need to stand strong in the face of this extremism and push back by electing more progressive, pro-choice leaders to public office. You can guarantee that I’ll continue my work to support our progressive freshman House Members and carve out more seats in 2020.

I have always said that women and their doctors are the only ones who should be making their health care decisions. I have always fought to expand access to reproductive healthcare and I’ve always stood with Planned Parenthood against baseless and deceptive attacks. I’m proud of my 100% rating from NARAL and will continue to be a vocal pro-choice leader in Congress.

Stay strong, Peter DeFazio

Peter

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Eve was Framed

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I am nearly finished with my novel ‘The Garden Gate Stands Ajar: Eve was Framed by Diane DeVillers. I googled Eve was framed and was brought to this essay written in 2011by Adair Sanders. It talked about how all through history women has been made the bad gal in the many decades since Adam and Eve were cast out of Garden of Eden.

‘The Garden Gate stands ajar: Eve was Framed’ is about the imaginary conversations with the original Eve of Biblical times and the modern day Eve, from the previously published book “The Eve Chronicles. It’s been my observation that women were seen as the bearer of original sin and that they continue to be seen as man’s servant.

Eve Was Framed essay.  Posted on November 29, 2011, by Adair.Sanders

This may be the best bumper sticker I have ever seen.  My youngest sports one on her car, a fact which does worry me somewhat since she lives in the deep South where good Christian women are taught to be seen and not heard, to submit themselves to their husbands and to never question male authority.  While not all Southern men adhere to this sort of medieval autocracy, there are plenty of them still around.  I was raised by one, have a sibling who fervently embraces this philosophy, and have, sadly, actually worked with a few of them.  And in all fairness, this sort of belief and mindset is not exclusive to Southern men.

I think Eve really was framed.  Organized religion has demonized that poor woman, blaming her for all of mankind’s woes, from the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden to every imaginable bad event thereafter.  But I have to ask the question: Where was Adam in all of this?  Did Eve force feed him the apple?  Get real.  Adam was simply the first in the long line of humanity to refuse responsibility for his own actions.  I can hear him now.  “God, it wasn’t my fault.  She made me do it!”

Yes, Biblical scholars, I know Eve blamed it all on the snake, so it is also true that Eve didn’t want to accept responsibility for her actions either.  But I find it so interesting that the churches, synagogues, and mosques – all run by men for hundreds of years – have conveniently ignored or forgotten Adam’s equal role in that ancient story.

Religious texts are full of stories of human failings and frailties, with men in most of the starring roles.  But in so many of them, it is the evil woman who is responsible for the man’s weakness – Delilah and Bathsheba just to name a few – and only the man who ultimately finds redemption.  What is that supposed to mean?

I have issues with organized religion for many reasons, but certainly, the way women have been treated in the name of God ranks pretty high up there.  Even today there are many churches where women are excluded from the ministry or the Deaconate and are prohibited from teaching adult Sunday School classes.  In those religious communities, women are basically seen as the man’s servant.  It’s no wonder so many men are conflicted by the Madonna-Whore complex.  What other option has religion offered them?

My daughter is a stickler for the First Amendment, and the heart of a feminist beats strong within her, so naturally, she loves her Eve Was Framed bumper sticker and thinks it makes a great statement.  While I agree with her, I also worry a bit about her safety because the first Eve Was Framed bumper sticker that graced her bumper was defaced.   When one’s religion teaches that sin originated with a woman and places mankind’s problems at her feet, when one’s religion teaches that women are less than men, and when one’s religion calls a woman a whore and a man engaging in the same behavior just a guy sowing wild oats, is it any wonder that women are abused?  And it’s not much of a stretch from defacing my daughter’s bumper sticker to harming her for daring to place it on her car.

Before you dismiss my thoughts as histrionic, think about what is going on in the world.  The Taliban kills women for any number of reasons including daring to be educated or showing their faces.  In many Arab countries it is illegal for women to drive, and having multiple wives is par for the course.  In certain countries, female children are left on the hillside to die or are aborted simply because of gender.  And this country is not immune. Go to any fundamentalist or conservative church and see how women are perceived.  They are not afforded equal status with their male congregants, either in church or in the home.

Yes, Eve Was Framed is an amusing bumper sticker.  But it’s a frightening one as well.

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Grace Slick donates money from Chick-fil-a ad to the LGBTQ community

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bizblog/2017/02/21/why-i-decided-to-license-starships-music-to-chick-fil-a/?fbclid=IwAR1i1H6BGZ7b7y_qjHcoG3aIEazEOoEkM_UpaiAXcybm5T-nDJZvXXnymJI#6c2c417d7e52

Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane (Starship) donates money from a Chick-fil-a ad she gave the rights to use a song in their ad to show her support for gay marriage. She stands with progressive people who believe in loving someone whoever they are is fair for anyone in this world.keep-love-alive-corner

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Want something to read until the elections are over? “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers won’t disappoint.

The paperback book “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers contains three books. The first one is “From the Waters of Coyote Springs” The book begins when Eve first moves to Oregon to work as a timber cruiser doing forest inventory for the Forest Service in the Wallowa Mountains. A very strong female who soon earns the nickname “Queen of the Comeback” from the men in the crew who constantly tease her. It only makes her stronger. Eve is a counterculture, strong-willed woman who knows her own mind but is still searching for her place in the world.

The second book is “Felix and Eve” about a caregiver who spends the summer with a cranky elderly man who needs a live-in caregiver after having heart bypass surgery. Felix comes to trust her and every night when they play cards, he starts to tell her stories about his life when he worked for the notorious Al Capone at the height of prohibition.

The 3rd book, “The Arrangement” is about Eve a retired baby boomer who owns property on Moon Mountain in the eclectic town of Eugene in the Willamette Valley. Vinnie lives in a yurt at the back of her property and he is in love with Eve but remains silent. Every year Eve gets the same letter with the same skeleton key in it. She goes to spend the summer with a former lover. This special arrangement has worked for 15 years. But when Eve makes a discovery it changes her

https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/girlpower/posts/78328 A link to my blog World pulse as (“Girlpower’s aka Diane DeVillers” ) a blog site that started in Portland Oregon and is now a worldwide women’s blogging site.

You can check out my Amazon site, https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K

The three books are also available as eBooks on Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

The Eve Chronicles

Three books make “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers.

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Roy Moore’s denial and desperation news conference.

http://dailytwocents.com/roy-moores-fake-news-denial-desperation/ 

Come on, really, all those women are lying? And the citizens of Alabama are going to vote him in any way? A child molester? It’s all about winning. About spreading the alt-right agenda to keep the country being led by the evangelicals, who don’t believe these women. A sad day in America.Resist

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