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, October 20, 2017
Samoan Hotshots Hallelujah
The devastating wildfires in Northern Californian drew firefighters from across the country. They also drew an inspiring crew of hotshots, special forces trained to fight fires in tough terrain, from American Samoa. Take a break from the week's news and watch the Samoans march through the Shasta-Trinity Forest giving thanks and singing praise in “Fa’afetai i le Atua.” They will lift you up.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
That Ancient Great Leap Of Faith
In alluring synchronicity, this week has seen Trump mangling the task of consoling another human being for her loss in war - prompting blistering comparisons to the empathetic Abe Lincoln facing the same task - and George Saunders' winning the Man Booker Prize for "Lincoln In the Bardo." In it, he evokes a weary Lincoln struggling to accept the death of his son amidst war deaths on all sides; he ends "reduced, ruined, remade" by a "vigorous compassion" we need today.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This Is A Sick Man
Man, the lows keep going lower. Now the sociopath-in-chief is bickering with a Congresswoman and the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in Niger, pouting he didn't say the grotesque things they say he said; he hasn't denied he didn't know Johnson's name, which could be tough given he's calling his widow "the woman." This is not normal. The wrenching video of the return of Johnson's remains will remind you why it matters.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Philando Feeds the Children
Amidst the current hellscape, a sliver of grace: In honor of Philando Castile, the much-loved cafeteria worker murdered for being a black man, a school lunch memorial fund has raised over $77,000 - way above its goal of $5,000, and enough to clear a year's worth of student lunch debt. Castile often paid for kids' lunches when they couldn't; now, "Mr. Phil will feed his kids for as long as we can raise the money."
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Monday, October 16, 2017
A Code of Honor and Conduct: On Making People Uncomfortable
The More Things Change: Another school district, this time in Biloxi, Miss., has banned "To Kill A Mockingbird" from its 8th grade curriculum because "some language in the book (makes) people uncomfortable" - an especially ignoble move in these ugly times. "If To Kill A Mockingbird makes you uncomfortable, you should probably be reading it," notes one critic. Another: "You know what else was uncomfortable? Jim Crow."
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Friday, October 13, 2017
On Being Unable to Discharge the Powers and Duties of His Office
The debacles pile up, from large - Iran, Obamacare, immigration, Puerto Rico, women's rights - to small, like rhyming Tanzania with mania. So do the questions about fitness: moron, or mentally ill? Citing their "duty to warn" about the danger Trump poses, a group of mental health experts are hosting a dozen town halls Saturday to confront the issue of "presidential capacity," and what to do about it. Not a moment too soon.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Making Pinochet Proud: The Peaceful Exercise of Free Speech
Amidst escalating anti-immigrant fever in a country intent on betraying its rich heritage, police in sanctuary city Portland, Ore. didn't just arrest peaceful protesters chained to each other to block deportations; they shrouded them in Gitmo-like hoods and headsets. Police said they wanted to protect protesters from power tools needed to free them, but some saw the eerie optics as a sinister "humiliation ritual."
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Rest of America Stand Up: Eminem Rips Trump
For those who missed it - as in, most of us, who are generally too old for this sort of thing - Eminem "came to stomp" at Tuesday's BET Hip Hop Awards, delivering a furious freestyle rap slamming Trump and his many crimes, from racism to warmongering to malfeasance in Puerto Rico. Social media was electrified: "Not sure how rap battles work," wrote one admirer, "but we think Eminen is now President of the United States."
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Monday, October 09, 2017
From This Place Hope Emerges: Women (Still) Wage Peace
Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women - yes, they are still there - just marched together through the West Bank, the last leg of a two-week "Journey to Peace" ending in a massive Jerusalem rally. The women, many of whom have lost loved ones in the decades-long conflict, sent an adamant message to their respective leaders: "Sit already! We want peace. Listen to our cry - it comes from our hearts."
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Monday, October 09, 2017
This Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like
We're getting some tired of the racist claptrap the powers-that-be have made of NFL protests - the latest that idiotic $240,000-plus walk-out stunt by Mike Pence and Mother, who find kneeling to oppose white supremacy more offensive than white supremacy. A reminder: Nazis again marched while they played their stupid PR game, and this is not about the flag; it's about black bodies in the street and their killers going free.
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