Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

Articles by this author

Donald Trump Burned To the Ground Further
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Trump Burned To the Ground
Throwing some serious shade, unknown arsonists have burned down a massive, bizarro, clenched-fist wooden statue of Trump in Slovenia that had earlier been the target of threats and hostile tractors. To its creator, the statue represented a two-faced "populist," complete with vampire side. But the perpetrators - whether in an act of artistic censure or civil disobedience - had had enough, and many rejoiced. "(They) just killed the devil walking on earth," said one. "It was the right decision."
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020
All In This Together
The madness slows, but the bellicose clowns still run the circus: Trump offers lame lies to explain the Iran debacle, his thugs raise money by praising " the swift actions of our Commander-in-Chief," his sociopathic eldest son flaunts "a little extra awesome" - an AR-15 with images of Hillary behind bars and medieval crusader icons favored by white supremacists. Meanwhile, an Iranian in Trump's America struggles to answer his daughter's fearful, plaintive ask: "Baba, are we safe?"
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Convict and Remove
On the second day of ongoing moves to Swarm the Senate, activists gathered at Mitch McConnell's office to recite Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, outlining the impeachment process for the president and "all civil officers" to be removed from office for "treason, bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." FYI for D.C-ers: Insisting "h e needs to go," progressive groups will be protesting daily "for as long as it takes" to demand Trump's conviction and removal.
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Monday, January 06, 2020
The Proper Narrative
At the start of beast of prey Harvey Weinstein's long-awaited trial in New York, he was charged with additional crimes against women in L.A., thus rendering him a coast-to-coast offender. News also surfaced his "research team" had issued a 57-page treatise on "the proper narrative" to address the case; it featured detailed, scummy smears of his now roughly 100 accusers. Hey Harvey, the narrative is clear: You're a serial rapist, predator and assaulter, and your time's up.
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America Is the Great Satan Further
Friday, January 03, 2020
America Is the Great Satan
Trump's stupid, reckless, arrogant, illegal execution of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani has been rightly dubbed an act of state terror, a blundering "lighting a match on a powder keg" exposing "foreign policy as performance art, devoid of strategic logic" that will likely prove disastrous for us, Iran and the world. It's a fitting capstone to the "decades of pointless atrocities" America has unleashed in the region - crimes of imperial hubris we and many others may now pay dearly for.
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Thursday, January 02, 2020
Women Who Struggle
Proclaiming "the most important of rights for all women - the right to live," over 3,200 women from 49 countries held a second annual gathering to mark the 25th year in power of the fiery, indigenous, women-led rebel group Zapatistas in southern Mexico. Citing the need to "shout our pain and rage" because "we are still being murdered," a Zapatista leader declared, "This is a war. They are trying to kill us, and we are trying to stay alive, but alive without fear—alive and free."
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Yo We Going: This Is About Shining Resiliency
Because it's time for a glimmer of light, here's a dazzling group of black medical students from Tulane outside a former slave cabin at Louisiana's Whitney Plantation museuem - proof of distances traveled, and a heart-lifting "collective vision for the future" to Russell Ledet, Navy veteran, molecular oncology Ph.D and second year med student. " We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams," he says. "This place is meant to destroy us. This place is meant to devalue us. But we here."
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Friday, December 27, 2019
At the Heart of the Darkness That Is Trumpian Fascism
As we prepare to blow up this unholy year, what lingers most chillingly are its crimes against brown humanity, its "irreparable and unnecessary harm done to so many" - the kids in cages, grieving parents, racist invective, grandmothers deported, resisters arrested and, despite all, perpetrators effectively absolved of unconscionable abuses, the most ghastly the deaths of children. May a new year bring the overdue dawning of a moral reckoning, and a modicum of justice.
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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Remove the Stain: Wounded Knee, and the Hate In the World
As terrorists stab Jews, a deranged IMPOTUS calls Obama “Satan’s Muslim Scum," and racist slurs hang in the venomous air, we mark 129 years since the Wounded Knee Massacre, when 300 Lakota women, children and elders were slaughtered by U.S. troops for the crime of being native. In the wake of this country's last, worst act of genocide, descendants on both sides seek to heal, forgive and address the wounds of history: "Your voice can be a cannon, fired in the defense of truth.”
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Banksy: Peace on Earth, Good Will to the Forgotten
In this ostensible season of joy, Banksy, elusive master of street art, just devised two tender but searing pieces to urge us to do justice and love mercy, even in improbable places. Amidst widespread homelessness in the U.K., he offered rough sleepers the chance to soar in their dreams. In Palestine, he created the Scar of Bethlehem, a bullet-riddled nativity scene hard by the Apartheid Wall to honor all those living less than celebratory lives. His vision: Joy to the world, all of it.
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