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, July 16, 2018
Baby Trump's Coming Home!
After its triumphant tour over hundreds of thousands of U.K protesters and their bloody brilliant signs, the Baby Trump blimp - scowling face, yuge diaper, teeny hands clutching toxic phone and all - is coming to New Jersey to torment the noxious baby himself at his golf club. Local activists quickly raised far more than their goal in order to bring the balloon here - to protest his policies, galvanize opposition and proclaim, "We are not going to cower to this clown."
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Who Is America: Dick Cheney Happily Autographs A Waterboard Kit
As our "very stable genius," aka to Scots " weaselheaded fucknugget" - faces massive UK protests and a Trump Baby Blimp, what better time for Sacha Baron Cohen's latest project: A Showtime series exploring U.S. political figures titled "Who Is America?" Targeting Trump et al, a disguised Cohen interviewed the likes of Roy Moore, Joe Arpaio, Sarah Palin - who, not amused to be duped, calls him “evil, exploitative and sick.” Speaking of. Dick Cheney, at least, was proudly, surreally unbowed.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Monsters Inc: Ripping Brown Kids from Their Families Is "One of the Great Acts of American Generosity"
Amidst Trump's Demolition Derby NATO Summit, the carnage at home from the "barely organized crime" that is his immigration "policy" goes on apace. Even as the feds blew off a court deadline to reunite kidnapped toddlers with their families - finding just four of 102 - the HHS Secretary declared "what we are doing for these unaccompanied (kids) smuggled into our country illegally” - though they're not unaccompanied, smuggled or illegal - “one of the great acts of American generosity and charity."
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The Heart Is Big and Should Be Free: Banned Rainbow Flag Ingeniously Hides In Plain Russian Sight
With the World Cup heading to finals this weekend, six Latin American activists undertook a stealth protest against the Russian host's homophobic laws banning symbols of "non-traditional" relationships by touring Moscow's iconic sites in an "unexpected rainbow" of soccer shirts. The "Hidden Flag" project by a Spanish digital agency and LGBTQ group allowed them to "use our voices for those that cannot" in what they view as "a call to love."
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Monday, July 09, 2018
Break the Chain: The Fight Is On
Protests have already begun against the nomination of Brett Cavanaugh, a pro-gun, anti-choice/health care extremist on record as believing the president is immune from criminal prosecution - which is one sick and sorry criteria for a SCOTUS choice. We take inspiration from a One Billion Rising flash mob, and Indivisible: "The fight is on."
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
The Intrepid Therese Patricia Okoumou: I Went As High As I Could
Wearing a t-shirt that read "White Supremacy Is Terrorism," Therese Patricia Okoumou, the Congolese immigrant who heroically scaled Lady Liberty on July 4th, has been released from jail without bail. Composed and defiant, she quoted Michelle Obama before supporters: "'When they go low, we go high,' and I went as high as I could." The message of her protest, she said, was achingly simple: "In a democracy, we do not put children in cages. Period."
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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The Holy Family Detained By ICE
With icy horrors still unfolding for immigrants - the Reptile-In-Chief's new edict: Leave with or without your kids - an Indiana church has denounced the "humanitarian atrocities" underway by incarcerating Mary, Joseph and Jesus on their front lawn to launch an "Every Family Is Holy" campaign. "It is a cage, it's a concentration camp - let's call this what it is," says their godly, horrified pastor. "As an American and person of faith, we are called to much better than that."
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Monday, July 02, 2018
Trump Loves the Flag. Dead Journalists, Not So Much
No words. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley says the sick man in the White House has declined his request to lower American flags to half-staff to honor the five Capital Gazette journalists murdered last week. “Obviously, I’m disappointed," he said. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?” Meanwhile, tearful fellow journalists/ actual sentient human beings spoke at memorials to air a vital truth: "We are not the enemy - we are you." Update : Shaming works; he flipped.
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Friday, June 29, 2018
To Marco Rubio's Lame Sign of Our Times: Fuck You and Your Fake Fucking Outrage Over People Being Fucking Shot By Fucking Lunatics That You Motherfuckers Keep Allowing to Possess Fucking Firearms
As America grieved more gun carnage and the heroic - yes - journalists at the Capital Gazette proved true to their staunch word that "we're putting out a damn paper" Friday, Marco 'Shameless NRA Toady' Rubio took to social media to denounce, not dead journalists or students or black men, or kids in cages or Nazis in the White House or Putin or trade wars or ecological ruin or our fraying social contract - but the F bomb. An enraged internet replied with stunning unanimity: "Go fuck yourself."
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
These Are the People You Murdered
For perspective, if no comfort, a reminder we are not alone in enduring calamity: In Gaza, the killings and misery persist, but little attention is paid. Seeking to raise awareness of their ongoing crisis, the leaders of the Great Return March have called on "all people of conscience" to hang pictures in their towns of the march's 135 unarmed victims; Israeli activists have also hung them on the Gaza border to send the message "their struggle is visible...their sacrifice was not for nothing."
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