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, November 09, 2018
On Kristallnacht: What Happens When We Stop Looking Out For One Another
Today marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 pogrom against German Jews that ignited the Holocaust. The Nazi night and day of terror - 90 Jews killed, thousands of synagogues burned and business destroyed, over 30,000 Jews arrested and sent to concentration camps - was driven by escalating enmity toward the "other" in a country grown inured to it. Now more than ever, the awful lesson remains: "Challenge hate wherever and whenever you see it."
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Friday, November 09, 2018
The Justice Is TAN
For those panicked about the state of the republic or Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We're totally freaked for the former so can't vouch for anything, but the good Justice, who broke three ribs in a fall Wednesday night, is home, working and recovering well. After half the country offered her their ribs and organs, her longtime trainer gifted these sweet words of solace: "Remember that the justice is TAN... She’s tough as nails. You think three ribs are going to stop Justice?"
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Thursday, November 08, 2018
Mother On A Mission: What Else Could You Do To Hurt Me?
Among the stories of improbable mid-term victories still trickling in, consider Lucy McBath: The African-American two-time breast cancer survivor, retired flight attendant, fiery gun control advocate and mother of Jordan Davis, shot and killed in 2012 for being a black kid listening to music, just won her race in Georgia's suburban 6th Congressional District - a seat held for 40 years by Republicans, including Newt Gingrich and Tom Price. So yeah, there may be hope.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
A Hit Dog Will Holler: Unbalanced Imperious Bully Attacks Free Press, Yanks Their Credentials and Likely Plans To Just Keep At It
With the firing of racist elf Jeff Sessions, it's hard to keep up with our Constitutional unraveling. But key among the day's horrors was the spectacle of our babbling, vengeful wannabe tinpot abusing reporters before having a toady try to wrestle a mic from CNN's Jim Acosta - who then found himself banned from his job. Beware: The clown is now a cornered dog who won't stop anytime soon. Given the dangers ahead, we call on Thomas Jefferson: "The only security of all is in a free press."
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018
What We Believe In Still Holds True
Equal measures of hope and heartbreak from a long night. With results still coming, the House will look more like America - brown, black, young, female, gay, Native - and the Senate will be even more white, male, old, rich. Despite grievous, slim losses for Andrew Gillum, Beto O'Rourke and likely Stacey Abrams, Gillum still insists on their/our seat at the table. "We will not be pushed into the shadows anymore," he said. "We're here to stay."
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Monday, November 05, 2018
John Lewis Is Happy In Georgia, Also Adamant It's In Your Hands
Faced with the possible unraveling of the republic, we look to the indefatigable John Lewis for hope and fortitude. At his recent rally appearance for Stacey Abrams, we're torn which was more uplifting: His joyous dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," or his eloquent summoning of the blood shed on the bridge to Selma: “I’m not asking any of you to give any blood,” he said. “I’m just asking you to go vote like you've never voted before....We're not going back. We're going forward."
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Sunday, November 04, 2018
The Jewish Nurse: Love In the Face of Evil Gives Others Hope
After killing 11 Jews, Robert Bowers was wheeled, yelling "Death to all Jews," into a Pittsburgh hospital, where he was treated by an E.R. doctor and a trauma nurse. Both were Jewish. Now the nurse, Ari Mahler, has written a moving account of the day. He told Bowers nothing: "I wanted him to feel compassion. I chose to show him empathy." Ultimately, he writes, "Love is the only message I wish to instill...If my actions mean anything, love means everything."
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
This Is An Invasion of Our Country
No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a godforsaken floor, having trudged for days with relatives and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and a better life. The invasion is the fascist clown spewing racist loathsome lies about them. Today, the "worst social poison to afflict our country in decades" got worse, threatening to shoot any of these "bad people" if they throw a rock. In response, we offer the most kick-ass ad ever to remind you why it's time to fight back.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Down, Down, Down: Steve Bannon's Red Tide Is Rising in Topeka, Sort Of
Speaking of shunning: Former White House Chief Strategist and current racist low-life hack and "moldering carcass of hubris and delusion" Steve Bannon is bobbing back up in our dystopian landscape, with less than stellar results. He's slated to speak at a tech conference where others have dubbed him "odious" and has held several "micro" GOP rallies that drew tens of fans and disavowal from candidates. Still, he insists to fellow-deplorables, "We’re all in this together.” Actually, not.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
"Let the Shunning Begin": Pittsburgh Turns Its Resolute Back On Trump
Though "literally every person told you to not fucking come," our white nationalist president went to Pittsburgh as mourners buried the first three Tree of Life victims and thousands of protesters proclaimed "Words Matter" and "President Hate Leave Our State." While no local officials met Trump, furious residents marched, sang, prayed and chanted "Turn your backs" as activist Jews declared, "The blood of these victims is on (Trump’s) hands."
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