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, February 11, 2015
Oh Lord, Save Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Hell, Make It the Whole South, Amen
Poor Dixie. Heads are exploding across the South as change, arduous but inexorable, comes to a God-fearing people even less able to accept it than the rest of us. Faced with stunning images like this from Alabama's current battle over gay marriage, southern states are inventing ever more desperate legislative moves aimed at stopping time. Among their crackpot schemes: Declaring their states Christian, English, prayerful, straight, Bible-based and in no need of "tyrannical" health care, thanks.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Walking While Brown, Chapter 6,782
Proving U.S. police forces still include way too many racist thugs who slam 'em to the ground first and (possibly) ask questions later, Alabama cops assaulted and partially paralyzed a 57-year-old Indian gentleman for taking a stroll in his engineer son's nice white neighborhood. A caller had declared Sureshbhai Patel "suspicious." Only, the family attorney persuasively argued, in that "he has brown skin." Police said they're investigating and (really) wished the victim "a speedy recovery."
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Only Honest Name In News: Jon Stewart Leaving the Daily Show
The news Jon Stewart is retiring from The Daily Show has been met with a collective Noooooo! Why: That night, Stewart took on the Brian Williams debacle with his usual acumen, mourning Williams as a victim of "infotainment confusion syndrome." He noted, "Finally, someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war...Never again will (Williams lie about) a war we probably wouldn’t have ended up in if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual f*cking war.”
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Monday, February 09, 2015
28 Words of Hate: Rotting In Guantánamo/Hell
For the first time since the Senate's torture report release, a flurry of actions on Guantánamo reveal the enduring obstacles to closing a travesty even the head of the U.S. military calls "a psychological scar on our national values." The most telling moment, in a Senate hearing, featured the wisdom and empathy of Tea Party Sen. Tom Cotton as he proclaimed of those held, "As far as I'm concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell, but as long as they don't..they can rot in Guantánamo Bay."
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Friday, February 06, 2015
You Make Sure You Do Good
Friday would have been the 70th birthday of the great Bob Marley, just 36 when he died. To mark the occasion, his family has launched the #Share1Lovecampaign, which helps raise money for a non-profit bringing clean water to those in developing countries without it. Also new footage, songs of struggle, and online tributes to a man who so fervently insisted that "everybody a search," but, ultimately, "you have to talk the truth." May he be at peace.
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Our Youth Pass On the Streets: Last Words of Trayvon and So Many Others
Feb. 5 would have been Trayvon Martin's 20th birthday. 20. Still impossibly young. In solidarity with him and so many others, too many others, the stunning #LastWords project by Iranian journalist and filmmaker Shirin-Banou Barghi seeks to understand the losses - What did he say? What did it mean? How did it come to be?
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Saving Raif Badawi: We Are Prepared to Present Ourselves, Also Give Him the Nobel Peace Prize
While the fate of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi remains unclear - his case was moved to a court of appeals even as officials twice postponed the next round of a 1,000-lash punishment that advocates deem a death sentence stretched over 20 weeks - the movement to free him escalates. Along with global protests and campaigns, a group of high-profile U.S. academics have offered to take his lashes and two Norwegian politicians have nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize as "a beacon of light."
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Radical Brownies For A More Radical World
Just in time for the release of the Rosa Parks archives on the civil rights icon's 102nd birthday, meet the Radical Brownies, an Oakland-based, Black Panther-inspired group that seeks to empower young girls of color "as they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership (to) make the world a more radical place." Right-wing trolls are not happy.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Oscar Romero, Beloved Bishop of the Poor, Will Finally Become A Saint
In a belated but righteous move, Pope Francis has decreed that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, an icon of the theological left assassinated in 1980 by a right-wing death squad, was killed "in hatred of the faith" and thus deserves beatification. The action ends decades of Vatican debate over the legacy of Romero, still remembered by poor Salvadorans for insisting through a brutal civil war that peace is the "contribution of all to the good of all."
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Upping the Ante: UK Abruptly Drops Case Against Apartheid Protesters
Prosecutors have suddenly dropped all charges against nine Palestine solidarity activists who shut down an Israeli-owned U.K. drone engine factory to protest British-made arms used by Israel against Gazans, evidently because neither Britain nor the company wanted to release details about their weapons trade and use - aka "aiding and abetting war crimes." Activists celebrated the legal victory as a “green light" for further actions against factories and others supporting Israeli apartheid.
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