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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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Patriotism Is Earned By A Nation That Lives Up To Its Promises: Just Ask Sterling Brown
The debacle of the new NFL policy penalizing teams whose players "do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" - aka "white supremacy at its finest" by punishing "the definition of patriotism " - is even more grotesque coming the same day that Milwaukee police released video showing a hostile swarm of cops tasing and arresting the Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown for the crime of parking sloppily. If you want to understand why players take a knee, watch the video.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Hope Will Never Be Silent
In honor of Harvey Milk Day and what would have been the LGBTQ icon's 88th birthday, a nod to the enduring legacy of the first openly gay person elected to public office in a major U.S city. Milk fought for the right to be visible, to be who he was without shame or fear, to join with others disenfranchised - gay, black, poor, old, all the disparate "us'es" - seeking "a green light to move forward," to offer hope, which we can all use today.
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Monday, May 21, 2018
If I Die In A School Shooting: These Are America's Children
Some uncommon responses to Santa Fe aka another goddamn massacre in the only country that has them. Houston's police chief "hit rock bottom" and called for action, a National Die-In is set for the June 12th anniversary of the Pulse shooting, and kids have started the fierce, tragic #IfIdieInASchoolShooting: "Put my body in the parking lot of the NRA...I will never get to g raduate/buy a car/live...Politicize the fuck out of my death....Do not cry but sing, sing songs of liberty."
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Countering Hate With the Sound of Music: Fiesta At Aaron's Place!
Ya gotta love New Yorkers. A day after the viral video of racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg haranguing people at a mid-town restaurant for speaking Spanish, the city's multi-cultural resisters took action. He was kicked out of his office, local pols filed a grievance with the court system, savage reviews tanked his Yelp ratings, and 500 people held a Latin party, complete with mariachi band and free tacos, outside his apartment. His bigotry was sad, they proclaimed, but they're not.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We Could Not Do Otherwise
A long yet woefully reiterative 50 years later, we pay tribute to the indefatigable Berrigan Brothers and seven other activists of the Catonsville Nine, who helped galvanize national outrage against the Vietnam War by burning draft records with homemade napalm - gasoline and Ivory Flakes - and then did their serene time. Today, the message of the Berrigans' devout lifetime of fighting for the good still deeply resonates: From Daniel, "Know where you stand, and stand there."
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Cowering In the Deportation Bus: Racists 0, Protesters 1
Going as low as he can go without falling into the raging fires of hell, state senator, Trump fan boy, "fearless conservative" and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams hit the road with his prized "Deportation Bus" - “DANGER! Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molestors (sic) on board” - to catch him some dark-skinned illegals, aka in Trump world, "animals." Alas, he got chased out of town by hordes of "radical liberals" who inexplicably believe in the humanity of all people.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Who Among Us Would Accept This?
To the tune of Woody's and Pete's trenchant "Which Side Are You On?": The day after the slaughter, Gazans marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba and began burying their dead - including 8-month-old Laila al-Ghandou - as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki "Chutzpah" Haley blocked an investigation into Israel's atrocities, praised Israel's "restraint," and when the Palestinian envoy began to speak, walked out. Because she is clearly on the self-righteous, fact-defying, baby-killing side.
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Monday, May 14, 2018
Friends, What A Glorious Day: Dancing On the Bodies of the Dead
What to say to the abomination of Monday's blood-soaked, champagne-sipping opening for the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem: A messianic Netanyahu , with heedless Trump as accomplice, proclaimed "a great day for peace," Israelis chanted “Burn Them, Shoot Them, Kill Them” at protesting Palestinians, and their soldiers shot dead at least 60 unarmed Gazans, wounding over 2,000 . Much of the media described them as "dying" in "clashes." No. Surely the least we can say is this: They were massacred.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Déjà Vu All Over Again: America Makes Torture Great Again, and Arrests Those Who Oppose It
It's macabre enough to see the psychopaths and war criminals of our past come crawling out of their caves: Oliver North (Parkland kids = "civil terrorists"), Dick Cheney (Torture Is Us) and a creepy hologram of lickspittle Mike Pence channeling Nixon. More disturbing yet were the Capitol cops mauling and arresting CIA whistleblower Ray McGovern, 78, for denouncing Gina Haspel's torturous history. So two people have now been jailed for America's torture. Neither one is Cheney.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
This Is America
This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans - cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black - and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video "This Is America" by Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. A dark, deep, haunting look at black life, death, art, oppression and history from Jim Crow to BLM, it's garnered over 55 million views and almost as many interpretations, well-deserved.
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