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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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Let the Fire Burn: The "Morally Reprehensible" Attack on MOVE
In what many deem "the pinnacle of police brutality" - and the only time the U.S. has bombed its own citizens - Philadelphia police 30 years ago today fired 10,000 rounds at a house holding the Black Power group MOVE, dropped an explosive and then infamously decided to "let the fire burn." The ensuing conflagration killed 6 adults and 5 children, and destroyed 61 homes. A report later called the savage police response "a criminally evil act." Nobody - think Ferguson - was ever held accountable.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
Courage Is Contagious: Manning, Snowden, Assange Stand Up for Freedom
May Day saw the Berlin unveiling of Anything To Say?, a public art project and "monument to courage" featuring life-size bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, all of whom have "lost their freedom for the truth," defiantly upright on chairs. A fourth empty chair invites others to "stand up, get a better view and share their courageous stance," says Italian sculptor Davide Dormino: "It is for you."
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Monday, May 11, 2015
Fool Me Once: Jeb Bush Would've Invaded Iraq Just Like His Big Bro Who Did Such A Great Job, Remember?
Improbably, the GOP presidential clown car gets ever more crowded and deranged. Mike 'God, Guns, Grits and Gravy' Huckabee, Ben 'Obamacare is worse than slavery' Carson, Carly 'Fire 'em all' Fiorina, Marco 'What climate change?' Rubio, Ted 'I've always been a douchebag' Cruz - and now the sublimely clueless Jeb 'I am my own man' Bush, who says his bestest foreign policy adviser is George W., and he too would have invaded Iraq, because these people never learn.
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Saturday, May 09, 2015
Happy Birthday Oscar Grant, Love Mom
Amidst nationwide rallies protesting too many bereaved mothers "picking up the pieces of state violence against communities of color" comes a short, stirring film about Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant, whose 2009 killing by a BART cop marks for many the start of the current plague of police killings. Each year on Oscar's birthday, Wanda brings together the community to heal, mourn, recharge and insist that "Oscar's life mattered," as do all the others.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
White and Black and Blue: In 49 of 50 Cities, Cops Whiter Than The Communities They "Serve"
Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland simmer. Stunning visuals in a new report offer one vital reason: In all but one of 50 cities - the exception is Atlanta - largely white cops are policing largely black communities, with all the ensuing racial animosities that gap suggests. A 1968 report after the Watts et al riots - over 45 years and many black deaths ago - found "police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression.” So nu?
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Killing Me Softly With Your Bombs: Heeding Activists, Lauryn Hill Cancels Tel Aviv Concert
In a big victory for those urging a boycott against "a state that uses (art) to whitewash its crimes against Palestinians,” Lauryn Hill has cancelled her upcoming concert in Tel Aviv. Her decision follows a social media campaign by Palestinians and activists calling on her to honor her own songs of injustice and oppression, citing the "moral duty...to boycott Israel's Sun City."
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Bernie Runs
To brighten your day, here's video from Bernie Sanders' first amiable, upbeat campaign event, a house party in Manchester, N.H. where people seem some happy to be there. Sanders says he has already pledged 175,000 volunteers and raised over $1.5 million, mostly from small donors giving about 40 bucks. Fresh breeze. From Facebook: "This country needs you."
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
What A Girl's Good For: Speaking Up For the Ones Who've Been Told to Shut Up
Today is the 151st birthday of Nellie Bly - born Elizabeth Cochran - the pioneering 19th-century investigative journalist, suffragette and globe-trotter whose writings focused on the disenfranchised, from workers to insane asylum inmates to homeless women in a New York shelter, "the last step but one." A Google doodle celebrates her with a song by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O: “Someone’s gotta stand up and tell them what a girl is good for.”
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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Four Dead In Ohio
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, wherein National Guardsmen in Ohio opened fire into a crowd of unarmed college students peacefully protesting an illegal war, wounding nine and killing four. Despite chilling testimony from that day, the government has never accepted responsibility for the deaths. And the state-sanctioned killing of America's children lurches on - the Guard then, the cops now. Neil Young: "Soldiers are cutting us down."
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Friday, May 01, 2015
On Depraved Heart Murder
Friday's appearance by Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby was electrifying, from her harrowing step-by-step account of the crimes against Freddie Gray to the charges announced against six cops. The most serious is a "depraved heart murder" charge against van driver Caesar Goodson Jr. Its legal definition describes "wanton indifference," "viciousness," and "callous disregard for the value of human life." "This is your moment," Mosby said, to end such depravity.
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