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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Friday, January 19, 2018
The Future Is Female
Been a long year. But as one of our favorite signs from the march in D.C. crowed, "Still I Rise." Hundreds of thousands of people, largely women, will once again congregate across the beleaguered country this weekend to vow to do better and "grab 'em by the mid-terms." For inspiration, we revisit the #ICan'tKeepQuiet Choir, created by singer MILCK, who vowed, "I can't keep quiet/For anyone/Anymore."
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
I Mean, I Walk, I This, I That: The Dawn of the Girther Movement
For some reason - maybe his relentless, pathological compulsion to lie about EVERYTHING - many people are skeptical about the purported results of Trump's medical exam finding him in "excellent" health. Some question the cognitive results: 30/30 for naming a lion and camel?! Others doubt the reported weight of 239 pounds: "In dog years/ on the moon/ in your dreams." Thus is born the Girther Movement, "a scandal of (such) proportions as to match the massive year we're having."
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
On Genealogical Glass Houses
In the face of the Racist-In-Chief's pitiless stance on immigration - aka don't want no more brown-skinned people in my wannabe chaste white kingdom - take solace in the uppity brilliance of Resistance Genealogy, which demolishes the anti-immigration rhetoric of high-profile bigots by uncovering their own immigrant family histories, and their unholy hypocrisy. The lesson for Steve King, Tomi Lahren, Stephen Miller and ugly others: "Talk ignorant smack about immigrants at your own risk."
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Feeding the Hungry Is Not A Crime
America's War On the Poor, Chap. 764: The day before a holiday honoring a civil rights icon who believed in "an inescapable network of mutuality" connecting us, police in California's El Cajon enforced a new ban on “food sharing” by arresting a dozen activists for feeding homeless humans in a park. The city says the ban is meant to protect the public from a hepatitis outbreak; critics say it's to dehumanize and criminalize the homeless once again.
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Monday, January 15, 2018
The Wishbone, the Jawbone, the Backbone: Nina Turner On Lifting As We Climb
On a brutishly discordant MLK day, our Racist-In-Chief urged Americans to take up acts of community service; ditching a longstanding presidential tradition, he instead played friggin' golf - again - while Haitians and other shitholers protested nearby. For the strength and spark to carry on, hear Nina Turner's electrifying MLK speech last year, or King's searing call at Riverside Church to speak up at times "when silence is betrayal."
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Books Are Everything - Which Must Be Why New York Prisons Want To Ban Most of 'Em Except Bibles and Coloring Books
New York's prison system just launched a pilot program drastically limiting books for inmates to a few approved vendors. Their goal is to "enhance the safety and security" of prisons - not, we're sure, to discourage reading/ thinking/ growing that might cut profits for the old white men who run them. Of 77 new titles, 45 are activity books; the rest are bibles, magazines, sex novels. What they are not: the Cleaver, Baldwin, biology, history that inmates now read for "food for the soul."
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Our Shithole President
Okay, are we as low as we can go yet? Keeping it ever classy, the evil pretender to the presidency Thursday griped to lawmakers discussing immigration options for those fleeing Haiti and African nations, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Decent Americans are speechless, except to ask, Are we now ready to say he's an in-your-face racist? Enough, please, of this shithole president.
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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
MMMM BAHH BA YAHHH: And That Folks Is How It's Done
We sure do love the new "Stable Genius Act"- or as some prefer, the "Like, Very Stable Genius Act"- given all the sordid evidence suggesting electors did NOT in fact get the "Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection." And the clues keep coming. This week, Drumpf's oblivious offspring - apple/tree - showed off their cognitive dissonance skills, and he himself badly flubbed the National Anthem. Not to worry: Bad Lip Reading took care of it.
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Monday, January 08, 2018
Their Time Is Not Quite Up: Oprah Winfrey, Meet Kerrice Lewis
Sunday's insurgent Golden Globes were uplifting on many fronts: The black gowns, activist dates, winning female narratives - Lady Bird, Handmaid's Tale, Three Billboards - and bold declaration by Oprah Winfrey that "a new day is on the horizon." Yes. But not entirely: Because if it was, more of us would know about the savage murder of Kerrice Lewis, a 23-year-old black lesbian shot and burned alive in the trunk of her car. Say their names, but all of 'em.
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Friday, January 05, 2018
I'm, Like, Really Smart: On Watching The Gorilla Channel
A small weird gem amidst the uproar of the stable genius erupting in fire and fury: Given the lunatic times, thousands of people believed a prank Wolf "excerpt" that described said genius as deeply irate his White House TV lacked "the gorilla channel," his frantic staff building a transmission tower to appease him, and the man-child then happily spending 17 hours a day watching fighting gorillas while talking to them. Because, really, at this point, anything's possible.
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