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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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In the Hands of Justice: White Supremacist Gets Life In Prison Plus 419 Years For Murdering Heather Heyer
A jury has sentenced neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer and injuring 35 others when he rammed his car into a crowd at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The sentencing of Fields, convicted last week of first degree murder, came after emotional testimony from his victims. "Heather was full of love, justice, and fairness," said her mother Susan Bro. "Mr. Fields tried to silence her. I refuse to allow that."
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Where There's Smock There's Covfefe
Laughter Is the Best Medicine Followed By Impeachment and Jail Time Dept: A bad day for our perilously insecure "president" for whom mockery is the ultimate threat. Not only were his peeps laughed/ shamed off the climate talks stage by talking up "clean" coal and oil, but social media was alight with his latest moronic best words on "No Smocking Gun...No Collusion" - which, it was universally agreed, "makes a smockery of our democracy."
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Friday, December 07, 2018
Wendi Was No One's Enemy
More bedlam. Before the Mueller memo declared Trump a felon - and the felon, deep in his lunatic fog, proclaimed "Totally clears the President" - Trump spent hours rave-tweeting and again spewing the vile, “FAKE NEWS. THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” A friend and colleague of the Capital Gazette's Wendi Winters, shot dead for doing her job, wasn't having it. In a fierce, sweet, heart-rending remembrance of her, he ends with the vow, "We’ll keep on doing the work. Its what we do."
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Fed Up With Trump's Knickers and Golf Shirts and Insults
Hypocrisy, thy name is: Turns out the racist ghoul who unceasingly reviles and trash-talks undocumented immigrants has lots of 'em working at his tacky clubs, including one Victorina Morales, who for years has made his bed, cleaned his toilet eww, dusted his (bought) golf trophies and toiled to get orange make-up off his shirts. Now she's bravely speaking up: "We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when (we) are here helping him make money."
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Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Richer Rich People and Terrified Brown People: Bush Was Basically Trump With Better Manners
George H.W. Bush's funeral offered much drama: The political elite's affable meet-and-greet shutting down under the chill of Trump's awkward entry; his unseemly snubs and scowls; the lofty praise of Bush's decency and integrity. The reality: Bush and his crimes - his wars, lies, racism, "murderous neglect" of the AIDS crisis - paved the way for Trump, still pursuing impunity for the ruling class but without Bush's "dinner-jacketed decorum."
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Shot In the Head, His Back to Soldiers
Israeli forces just shot and killed Muhammad Habali, a 22-year-old disabled man, as he walked home from work during one of Israel's almost nightly raids in the West Bank in search of "wanted" Palestinians and potential "terrorists" - like, say, a "simple and quiet" man who worked in a coffee shop and was "always helping people." To the willfully incognizant CNN et al: Daily, nightly, this is Palestinians' "actual horrific reality on the ground," from river to sea.
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Monday, December 03, 2018
Yahoo Meet Karma: Trashy Kid Rock Replaced By Heroic James Shaw
A sweet, small bit of schadenfreude this weekend as Nashville booted foul-mouthed has-been and Trumpette Kid Rock from his gig as Grand Marshall of the city's Christmas parade, replacing him with James Shaw Jr., who saved lives last year by confronting a shooter at a local Waffle House. Rock was uninvited after he called "The View" host Joy Behar "a bitch" and spewed invective about "political correctness" nonsense, thus suggesting it's actually not okay to do that anymore.
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Friday, November 30, 2018
The Long Path Toward Justice: Dallas Cop (White) Finally Charged With Murdering Innocent Man (Black) In His Own Damn Apartment
After almost three months, the election of a new D.A., a police smear of the victim and a shifting but ever-implausible story by the shooter, a grand jury has indicted Amber Guyger for the murder of Botham Jean as he sat in his apartment watching a football game; she said she thought he was an intruder after she mistook his place for hers. Many questions remain - above all, if she will be convicted - but activists see the charge as "the first step in the right direction."
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Evil Charlatan Mike Pence Is Jabbering About World AIDS Day and We Can't Even
Another day, another daft charade by inept gangsters who don't seem to get irony, else why would they designate an ungodly homophobe, misogynist, bully and bigot to announce support for an HIV/AIDS program his boss tried to halt? Pence, who precipitated one of the country's worst HIV epidemics by being "morally opposed" to clean needles, praised those fighting HIV/AIDS who have "put hands and feet on their faith," as long as it doesn't involve, ewww, you know, gay people.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Here's To the State of Mississippi
This week Mississippi elected to the Senate Cindy Hyde-Smith, an unrepentant, out white supremacist who gleefully wore a Confederate cap in a photo titled "Mississippi history at its best!" and glibly joked in her campaign about lynchings and disenfranchising voters. In a longtime red state where " racism is built into (its) very bones," her victory was unsurprising, but dispiriting. The good news was she won by far less than Trump. Still, from Nina Simone: "Mississippi goddam."
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