Our Top 10 of 2015

Top 10 of the Year

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10 KIDS’ HALLOWEEN COSTUMES INSPIRED BY RAD AMERICAN WOMEN, FROM ANGELA DAVIS TO PATTI SMITH

At a time when GOP candidates can barely name an important woman from history, these Rad American Women of Halloween are a great way to have fun and educate others.

WHO WON THE DEBATE? WE DID.

The real winners of the debate weren’t necessarily standing onstage. No, the true winners were the social movements for change that have unquestionably shaped the public debate in this country and are now defining the policy agenda in the election.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WEST COAST RALLY

Enough is Enough sprung up from a growing grassroots revolution inspired by Bernie Sanders and aimed at realizing a government of, by, and for ordinary Americans.

THE “ROUGH RIDE” AND THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY

Bodies went sliding across the van as we smacking up against the steel walls of the enclosure, as well as each other. Our hands were cuffed behind our backs, so we were defenseless from the impacts, which is a terrifying feeling.

OUT OF CONTROL RENTS? THANK AIRBNB.

Airbnb removes 25% or more of available housing from our cities, dramatically increasing rents and displacements.

WHY HATE SPEECH BY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IS DANGEROUS AND DESPICABLE

In suggesting that the staff of Planned Parenthood, Muslims, Black Lives Matter protesters, and Mexican immigrants are guilty of venal acts, these candidates are fanning the flames of hate.

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE SPARKED THE REFUGEE CRISIS AND CONFLICT IN SYRIA

This clear and poignant comic by Audrey Quinn & Jackie Roche shows how the refugee crisis and war in Syria was sparked by climate change.

MINDFULNESS: HOW TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

Your mind is regularly inhibited by greed, aversion, and delusion. Mindfulness exercises and practice can help attenuate and change that.

GAY AGENDA ACCOMPLISHED, NATION’S GAYS RELIEVED TO END LONG CON OF BEING NICE PEOPLE

Immediately after the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage, gays across the country celebrated the end of their decades-long charade of being decent, friendly, nice people.

THE AMERICAN LEFT IS REALLY THE CENTER

Sanders is left of center (closer to true center than Clinton) and Clinton is right of center. What caused America’s rightward shift?
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