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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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
What the World Should Look Like
It's been so long - oh this dark slog of a year - since any good news, we admit it took us all day to register the joy of Tuesday's trans, black, gay, Sikh, Latina and many women defiantly taking back our country. One of our fave winners is this guy, Braxton Winston, who won a seat on Charlotte's City Council; his goal is "to speak up on behalf of my children, myself, what I believe in and what the world should look like.”
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
On Delusional Cowards and the Good Guy With A Gun Myth
In the wake of the latest American massacre, pols are still stupidly sputtering - Prayer works! More people died in the Holocaust! Ask God to purge evil! - to cover their blood-spattered tracks. Occupying a "special podium of delusional cowardice" is Trump insisting "mental health is your problem here” and "this isn't a guns situation" and thank goodness for that hero good guy with a gun. Not. We call distraction, and bullshit.
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Monday, November 06, 2017
A Lady of the Most Impeccable Taste
In this dark time of too-few heroes, we salute Juli Briskman, a working 50-year-old mom who was out biking and brooding on the ruinous state of the nation when the cretin responsible for much of it drove by. As her "blood just started to boil," she did what any patriot would - gave him the finger. Because what 1st Amendment these days, she's been fired. Note to America: "Juli needs a job, and she deserves it for making us happy."
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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Note To The Complicit Thinkers and Prayers: God Isn't Fixing This
So soon after Vegas the memorials are still up, 26 more people "slain again senselessly, riddled ...idiotically by a repeating evil." By a young white guy whose Facebook profile boasts an assault rifle. He was not deemed "an animal" by virtue of his skin color; Trump et al just blathered, "May God be with" the innocents murdered by their unholy inaction. From God via the fiery Isaiah: "Though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood."
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Thursday, November 02, 2017
And Behold, The People Rejoiced
The rapture was brief, but real. For 11 hallowed minutes Thursday evening, the Tweeter-in-Chief was silenced when his account went down, relaying a message that millions of people had prayed, hoped, nay yearned for: "@realDonaldTrump does not exist.” People "gathered in the Twitter streets to celebrate" the one brief shining moment - a gift, it turned out, from a defiant Twitter employee on his or her last day. To that bold patriot: Your Cross of Lenin is in the mail.
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The Drop That Filled the Glass: Miss Peru Beauty Queens Go Rogue
Facing horrific domestic violence - the week before, the hashtag #PeruPaisdeVioladores (Peru Country of Rapists) was trending - contestants for Miss Peru just boldly flipped the script in pageant introductions: Each replaced the usual ignoble reciting of her measurements with grim statistics on violence against women. From the winner: "My measurements are 3,114 female victims of trafficking since 2014." Talk about resistance in unlikely places.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dennis Banks Walks On
Dennis Banks, Ojibwa founder of the American Indian Movement and longtime Native American leader, teacher, thinker and warrior, has died at age 80. Renowned as one of "the prophets, the messengers, the fire starters," Banks' activism ranged from 1973's Wounded Knee uprising to the spiritual cross-country "Longest Walk" to the Dakota Access protests. From one native advocate, "Dennis Banks was everything to us."
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Monday, October 30, 2017
Fuming With Rising Irritation: A Beautiful Scene
One of the most gratifying elements of Manafort Monday, along with the indictments and frantic throwing of accomplices under the bus, was an emerging resplendent portrait - thanks to multiple leaks - of a freaked out Drumpf "seething" and screaming at his TV for hours as he realized, "The walls are closing in." Its outcome is unknown, but our one devout wish: A sliver of sweet, sweet justice.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Hapless Panicked Clown Squeals "DO SOMETHING!" Entirely Proficient Mueller Retorts "I Am."
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller set to announce the first charges of his grand jury investigation Monday, the buffoon-in-chief has responded with his usual gravitas, wisdom and restraint: In a Twitter meltdown, he sputtered and babbled about deleted emails and witch hunts and "GUILT by Democrats" before shrieking, "DO SOMETHING!" Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States, hopefully not for long.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wellstone's Legacy: Doing What I Honestly, Truthfully Believe Is Right
This week marks the 15th anniversary of the sudden death of Minnesota's progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone in a plane crash. To many across the country, Wellstone remains iconic as the "conscience of the Senate" - a crusader and "noisy, unimpressive nuisance" who fought against big business and for workers, farmers, women, children, health care, Native Americans and the environment, and whose spirit lives on.
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