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.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I Will Light You Up: Cop Goes Ballistic In Video of Sandra Bland Arrest
Texas police have released chilling video footage - amidst new charges it's been edited - of the dubious arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman found dead in her cell three days later; meanwhile, activists have demanded answers, her family has sought an independent inquiry, and the D.A. has said her death is being investigated as a murder case. The footage, with its escalating sense of dread and furious unraveling of the cop, is stomach-churningly difficult to watch.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
The Hearts of the People
About 50 members of a dwindling KKK, several swastikas in tow, marched on the South Carolina statehouse this weekend to protest the demise of the Confederate flag, the stealing of "our heritage," and the inexorable changing of the times, which clearly frightens them. They were met by a larger crowd of black activists and others insisting that "a lot more work needs to be done" in an America that "is still a racist nation."
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
A Good Problem To Have
The Bernie Sanders surge continues, often in improbable places. In Jan-Brewer-red Arizona, his campaign has had to move a weekend event in Phoenix to a bigger-than-planned venue after thousands RSVP-ed, an increasingly common snag - see Madison, Denver, Minneapolis, Iowa, Boston and Portland ME - facing the guy nobody was going to vote for. Texas and digital house parties coming up. Sanders: "Democracy is not a spectator sport."
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Looking For A Bike While Brown
Yet another murder of a hapless unarmed guy by over-the-top cops who told a different story from the grisly one revealed, after a long legal fight, by newly released video. Gardena CA police said they shot Ricardo Diaz Zeferino eight times for putting his hand in his waistband (yes, again.) Video shows they shot him for looking for his brother's stolen bike and being too spaced out to keep his arms high in the air when repeatedly screamed at to do so. So yeah, death penalty.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Blessed Rebuilding and Solidarity
Since the Charleston shootings, at least eight southern churches with mostly African-American congregations have burned - a wave of anti-black terrorism that's been met with a confounding silence from mainstream media. But several Muslim groups, citing "our intertwined histories and convergent present," have noticed, and acted: Arguing "all houses of worship are sanctuaries," they have been fundraising to rebuild churches and "help our sisters and brothers in faith."
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Monday, July 13, 2015
This Is the Conduct We Expect: If A Man Comes to Kill You, Kill Him First. If A Boy Throws A Rock At You and Runs Away, Kill Him Too, Because We Can.
Oh, Israel. Dishearteningly but unsurprisingly, new video contradicts the Israeli version of the July 3 killing of 17-year-old Muhammad al-Kasbeh by a high-ranking army official. The Israeli colonel said he feared for his life when he shot the boy, who'd thrown a rock at his windshield; the video shows Muhammad running away. Grim eyewitness and medical evidence make it all worse. Yet Israeli politicians have praised the shooting : "This is the conduct that we expect from IDF commanders."
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Friday, July 10, 2015
I Am My Homeland
This week, the war in Syria reached the grim milestone of four million refugees even as one of them - Syrian-American "musician of the revolution" Malek Jandali - was celebrated as an eloquent bridge between here and there. In a new multimedia project on immigration, Jandali describes the refugee's struggle to honor a heritage and homeland he's been driven from and realizing, in his case, "All I have is music" - though that, too, comes at a cost.
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Thursday, July 09, 2015
George Bush Charged Veterans Maimed In His Wars $100,000 To Talk To Them and He Belongs In Hell
Dear God or Whatever Amorphous Force For Justice There Is In the World: After you call Cheney to account for his war crimes, please get quickly to Bush, who made $100,000 speaking to Helping a Hero, a questionable Texas charity for severely wounded veterans - the ones he created. A former marine who lost both hands in a missile attack suggested Bush is "not the type of leader I aspire(d) to be." Let's just replace "leader" with "human being" and call it a soulless day.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Gaza Unsilenced: On Small Bodies Being Piled In Ice Cream Trucks
Today marks the anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza known for its horrific numbers - over 2,250 killed, most civilians and perhaps a third children - and how little accountability has come of it. The grim milestone has been marked with U.K. protests shutting down arms factories, calls to stop arming Israel, and the launch of an anthology of Gazan voices seeking to tell "the story of what happens when, despite an ability to do so, powerful nations choose to remain silent."
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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
When We Stand Together: Bernie in Portland Was Especially Thrilling To Those Of Us Who've Been Here A While
Bernie Sanders' big crowd here in Portland was a marvel. There were many young people. There were even more of the rest of us - not quite young but steadfast, hopeful, still dreaming of change. And in a brawny speech that made lots of sense on lots of issues, Sanders confirmed our despite-the-odds faith in a political revolution many clearly yearn for. Howard Zinn: "To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
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