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, April 20, 2018
Split This Rock: They Will Beat Their Guns Into Poems
Seeking to add "a tapestry of voices” to the dialogue, socially active poets held an anti-gun poetry slam before joining thousands of D.C. kids at Friday's National School Walkout. About two dozen people each added one line to the piece "Longer Than A Gun" - “Our hearts are less fragile than the nothingness that pulls the trigger” - to remind listeners, "W e’re not talking about policy - we're talking about people who get up every morning and treasure one another.”
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Our Day Of Tragedy Is Their Day of Joy
Israel this week again laid bare the old, grim juxtaposition that marks its birth: As it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the state's founding, thousands of disenfranchised Palestinians marched to one of 500 demolished villages to mourn their own "catastrophe," victims of the violence on both sides held an alternative ceremony to honor "the void created by loss,” and Israeli right-wingers nearby chanted "Death to the Traitors." 70 years on, the ugly chasm seethes.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Still Following the Money
The kids are still at it. Days before a National School Walkout, Parkland firebrand David Hogg has urged a boycott of massive money managers BlackRock and Vanguard, the biggest owners of publicly traded gun makers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands, parent to Smith & Wesson. Hogg's mild proposal that stockholders " feel free to let them know" if they oppose blood-soaked investments has sparked the usual "fascist bot" sort of venom. May he not grow weary.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Sitting In Starbucks While Black
In this once-reasonably-fair democracy in the year of our ostensible Lord 2018, two black guys sitting peaceably in a Philadelphia Starbucks waiting for a friend to show up for a meeting were charged with "trespassing," asked to leave, and arrested by a swarm of cops for declining to do so though other patrons agreed "they didn't do anything." One stunning aspect of the now viral-video: The preternatural calm with which both now-handcuffed guys get up, because welcome to America.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Who Cares About the Rule Of Law When We Need To Save Our Fragile Tin-Pot Dictator From People Saying Mean Things About Him?
Because there's nothing else on their minds - Syria, Gaza, racism, safety-net-shredding, say what? - the leaders of a purported major party are going all out against the greatest threat facing the nation: the memoir of James Comey. With Comey doing interviews before next week's release, the GOP has launched a blitz campaign to discredit "Lyin' Comey" through a website, ads, smears and talking points to show they're tending to the vital business of our country, and we feel better already.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tumbling Through Calamity: The Definition of the Freedom Spirit
With the Imbecile-In-Chief playing 4th-grade bully to Russia - missiles coming "nice and new and “smart!” WTF? - a reminder that behind all the bellicose bluster are, as usual, besieged people trying to survive unimaginable horrors. In Syria, as in Gaza, kids use what they can to resist their hardscrabble lives. This week, defiant young Gazans unveiled a searing music video and performed their sky-high parkour, both at the border site of current deadly protests, to proclaim, "We will return."
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Monday, April 09, 2018
Abominable Gaza: Not Only Are We Denied Our Rights, But We’re Killed For Asking For Them
Filmmaker Yaser Murtaja was laid to rest Saturday after his body was carried through Gaza City - in the besieged land he long sought but never managed to leave - draped in a Palestinian flag and the PRESS flak jacket he was wearing when an Israeli sniper killed him at peaceful border protests. His harrowing final footage, released by the Norwegian Refugee Council, shows “he was killed doing his job - recording his people’s right to protest for their human rights.”
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Friday, April 06, 2018
It Took Me Years To Get Those Souvenirs: Prine's Back
If you've had enough of a sociopathic world, take a break with this sweet sliver of hope, wit and beauty: Next week, John Prine, 71, grizzled good ole boy, cancer survivor, chronicler of small weird lives and wry master of the poignant, lustrous, soulful song lyric - " naked as the eyes of a clown" - releases his first collection of original songs in 13 years, titled The Tree Of Forgiveness. Small pleasures, listen up.
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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Long May She Wave
Having exercised her Constitutionally-protected right to " fundamental political speech" by "extending her middle finger” towards the motorcade of our Moron-In Chief and then been swiftly fired from her job for it, heroic patriot Juli Briskman is now suing her former government contractor employer. It is "un-American," she argues, “to let the government use your own tax dollars to buy your off-duty obedience.”
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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
We Kept On Going
An unfathomable 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination - yes we remember it - workers, poor people and rights advocates led by the stalwart likes of Rev. Dr. William Barber continue to fight King's fights in Memphis and beyond with a requisite endurance both disheartening and uplifting. For a sense of a loss still raw and a resolve still strong, see 1968's sanitation workers and their kids recall the time when "everything went dark," and they persisted.
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