Abby Zimet, staff writer

Abby Zimet has edited 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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Monday, October 22, 2018
On the Migrant "Army" of Poor Brown People: This Comes From Hunger
As up to 7,000 thirsty, blistered, desperate Central American refugees from violence and poverty slowly stream through Mexico toward the U.S. border, our alleged president responded with his usual grace: Hysterically fear-mongering, he vowed to "stop the onslaught of illegal aliens," invented terrorists in their midst and issued illegal threats. But the marchers, many in flip-flops and carrying their children for hundreds of miles, have seen worse: "No one will stop us, only God.”
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
PEN Sues: It Is Up to Those of Us Who Depend Upon A Free Press To Rise In Defense Of It
Conceding Trump's 1st Amendment right to abuse, demean or even noxiously slam the media as "enemies of the people" but fiercely rejecting his right to use the power of government to "punish and stifle" it, PEN America, representing thousands of writers, is suing him in federal court. The suit seeks to stop any move to "retaliate or threaten reprisals" against news coverage he dislikes - the sort of thing wannabe dictator Trump has repeatedly engaged in, and that the courts have found illegal.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Behold the Lamentable Purported President of the United States
At the risk of extreme redundancy: It is stupefying our alleged leader is publicly slinging crude, cheap, barnyard epithets at a(nother) woman. Of course, he's committed untold weightier crimes - obstructing justice in the bone saw murder of a journalist, anyone? - but if we don't call out the countless, tawdry ways he daily debases our national discourse, they become the norm. We could add the irony of a fat orange tub of putrid goo insulting anyone's looks. But we won't.
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Monday, October 15, 2018
Are You Brave Now, Faggot? Overthrowing Trump's Fascists
Terrifying Cause and Effect Dept: This weekend, as Trump declared Democrats "an angry mob," actual mobs of fascist thugs known as Proud Boys - "Fuck around and find out" - roamed and rioted on both coasts, beating up people, celebrating violence as "a very effective way to solve problems," and chanting, "I like beer!" as police mostly stood by. In proof of a disquieting, growing alliance that should give us all pause, before brawling in New York they spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club.
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Monday, October 15, 2018
All Art Is Political: "For Freedoms" Asks, What Does This Mean?
Arguing "all art is political," a massive new public art project is using billboards along with community events to urge Americans nationwide to engage with civic issues ahead of the mid-terms, and ask, "What side are you on?" The "anti-partisan" 50 State Initiative is installing hundreds of billboards from the politically explicit - "Grab 'Em By the Ballots" and "Sad!" to the intriguingly abstract - "Hurt People Hurt People," "Us Is Them", "Pardon Me" - in hopes they will think, then vote.
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Friday, October 12, 2018
A Final Home For Matthew
On this date in 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard died after being abducted, tied to a fence, stripped, robbed, repeatedly pistol-whipped and left in the cold because he was gay. For 20 years, his death galvanized the fight for LGBTQ rights by advocates and his own family. But they never buried his ashes. This week, it was announced he will be interred in D.C.'s historic National Cathedral, a "sacred spot" that will hopefully help people "reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.”
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
American Democracy Is Now Officially A Demented Reality Show, With Minstrels
So Kanye West went to the White House, ostensibly to discuss "prison reform." Instead he ranted and rambled, as cameras clicked, about alternative universes, male energy, sleep deprivation, hydrogen planes, the Unabomber, the hero's journey, his brain and the 13th Amendment. The display was dubbed "a narcissism summit," a "freak show amid a freak show" and, by appalled black people, a next-level, boot-licking vision of " Mr. West’s soul on auction." Meanwhile, a hurricane happened someplace.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Child-Killer Cop Gets Then Gives Up Second Chance His Victim Never Had
Having been declared grossly unfit in several earlier police jobs, the panicked cop who murdered Tamir Rice for being a 12-year-old black boy playing in a Cleveland park just got hired by a small-town Ohio police chief who felt he deserved a 2nd/3rd/4th chance, being white and all. Today, after an outcry from residents who deemed the hire " a punch in the stomach," Tim Loehmann withdrew from his shiny new job, proving it's always worth it to make a stink.
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Saturday, October 06, 2018
On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry
While we await Kavanaugh's impeachment - and after a spurious swearing-in that deemed him "proven innocent" of "a hoax" enacted by "evil people" - we take succor from a prescient Howard Zinn, who years ago called out the distinction between law and justice. Citing the hypocrisy of the "pious veneration" of an infinitely flexible "rule of law" and judicial system always attuned to politics, he reminded us, "The courts have never been on the side of justice...unless pushed by the people."
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It took Susan Collins almost an hour of bullshit, disingenuous, pandering blather to reveal she would betray Mainers, women and humanity with her Kavanaugh vote - this, after thousands wrote, called, visited, protested, pleaded she do the right thing. Instead, wrote faith leaders Further
Friday, October 05, 2018
This Will Be Her Legacy
It took Susan Collins almost an hour of bullshit, disingenuous, pandering blather to reveal she would betray Mainers, women and humanity with her Kavanaugh vote - this, after thousands wrote, called, visited, protested, pleaded she do the right thing. Instead, wrote faith leaders, "She has bartered her soul for a 'mess of pottage.'" Collins later whined she felt "bullied" by all those tearful survivors. She ain't seen nothing yet.
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