An 11-year-old girl who escaped an attempted kidnapping Monday afternoon on the South Side told authorities she saw another girl tied up in the man’s van, police said.

The 11-year-old was walking home from school about 3:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of East 63rd Street in Woodlawn when a man approached from behind and grabbed her, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The man then tried to force the girl into the back of a large white van with painted windows, police said.

She was able to break free from the man and run away, but reported to authorities she saw a black girl, perhaps 12 years old, inside the van with her hands and legs duct-taped, screaming for help, police said.

The suspect is described as an older black man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with graying hair on his wrist, police said. He was wearing a black ski mask, a long black-sleeved shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information should contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Delano Wilson, born on July 27, 2044 Missing since August 27, 2014 Delano Wilson was last seen at 12:02 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time in the Alley of the 1400 Block of Henry Street, and is believed to be in extreme danger. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department believes Delano Wilson was likely abducted by an unknown white male accompanied by a hispanic female. They were last seen driving a older model blue 2000-2003 four-door ford taurus. The child went missing after a man and woman approached the father, robbed him and pistol-whipped him. When the father regained consciousness, he saw his child being taken away. Delano was last seen wearing a dark blue colored onesie.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued an Amber Alert following the kidnapping

Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but were unable to locate the child or his alleged abductors. However, officers did arrest the child’s father on an unrelated possession of marijuana charge.

Delano is described as an African American boy, about 16 inches long, weighing 12 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue onesie.

The male suspect is described as 25-30 years old, 5’6”-5’9” tall, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jean shorts, red, blue and black tennis shoes and a black do-rag.

Authorities say the female suspect is 25-30 years old, with a thin build and long brown hair. She was wearing a green shirt and matching green hoop earrings.

Anyone with information should call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at (317) 327-6540 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.

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Oh my god youre straight? I had no idea. You seem normal to me. Did you know that Sara is straight to? You two should totally hook up. I cant believe youre straight. You could be my straight best friend. We could go to football games together. Itll be so much fun. So like how long have you been straight? Youre whole life!? No way.

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Whenever people point to Mary Shelley and say “a woman invented sci-fi you know” I just think “well, I mean, technically a woman invented the whole concept of authoring books as far as we can tell but hey who’s keeping track”

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Black women have a narrative thrown onto them that tells the world that they are always horrible unfit mothers but when people from all over the world need someone to raise their children they seek Black women.


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There are members of Israeli society who are applauded for objecting to Israel’s callousness, who even denounce the actions of the military, and who demand restraint be shown towards the people of Gaza (how very brave of them). They spill forth words that could be categorized as poetry, asking for fellow Israelis to reach deep down inside and see the lives destroyed by every bombing. They are human, just like us, they say. These Israelis are flaunted about. You see, they epitomize the lone voice of reason which has survived the madness of the “conflict” and their expressions are like honey, eagerly lapped up by those still straddling the fence, seeing fault in “both sides.” This is not decolonization but appropriation, that which removes Palestinians, diminishes their positions in their own history and works to further marginalize them. Their non-violence is praised while Palestinian resistance and non-violence is admonished and scoffed at. Their voices have weight in the eyes of the media while Palestinians are only there to provide a semblance of “balance.” If Palestinians are not at the forefront of the decolonization process than the process itself is a sham.


The words of Israelis oftentime work as distractions that move conversations away from understanding the profound influence and multidimensional complexities of Israel’s history so that they may frame their existence as uninvolved in order to escape the status of ‘settler.’ In Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang define and discuss “moves to innocence” which are methods that work to deflect from the settler identity:

Settler moves to innocence are those strategies or positionings that attempt to relieve the settler of feelings of guilt or responsibility without giving up land or power or privilege, without having to change much at all. In fact, settler scholars may gain professional kudos or a boost in their reputations for being so sensitive or self-aware. Yet settler moves to innocence are hollow, they only serve the settler.

The distractions used by Israelis are “moves to innocence.” They are superficial diversions that only further the desires of Israelis who refuse to see themselves as complicit in the occupation. Such diversions only contain the settler-colonial state rather than disassemble it. As Frantz Fanon notes in The Wretched of the Earth decolonization “is a program of complete disorder” that can only come as a historical process, not by way of “friendly understanding” and that “it cannot become intelligible nor clear to itself except in the exact measure that we can discern the movements which give it historical form and content.”

Unsettling the Israeli settlers by Roqayah Chamseddine (via nica-nopal)
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[B]ecause we have not challenged heteropatriarchy, we have deeply internalized the notion that social hierarchy is natural and inevitable, thus undermining our ability to create movements for social change that do not replicate the structures of domination that we seek to eradicate. Whether it is the neocolonial middle managers of the non-profit industrial complex or the revolutionary vanguard elite, the assumption is that patriarchs of any gender are required to manage and police the revolutionary family. Andrea Smith | Heteropatriarchy, A Building Block of Empire  (via carapherneliatakesthesquare)

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Robin Williams Is NOT Free (via Phoebe Gavin)

Did you know that suicide is contagious?
Yep. A great deal of research has been done on cases spanning the last three hundred years the show that suicide rates spike after a highly publicized suicide – especially when it’s a celebrity suicide.
Does that mean we shouldn’t talk about suicide or Robin Williams? No. It means we should talk about suicide and Robin Williams responsibly.
  • Presenting simplistic explanations for suicide
  • Engaging in repetitive, ongoing, or excessive reporting of suicide in the news
  • Providing sensational coverage of suicide
  • Reporting “how-to” descriptions of suicide
  • Presenting suicide as a tool for accomplishing certain ends
  • Glorifying suicide or persons who commit suicide
  • Focusing on the suicide completer’s positive characteristics
"But Phoebe, they’re basically saying don’t talk about suicide."
No, they’re saying is don’t make it sound attractive. 

An example of what not to do: 

Robin Williams is NOT free.

Please watch this. 

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I see you, Fox News.


I see you, Fox News.

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This is a great comeback for all of that “I don’t see race.” BS


This is a great comeback for all of that “I don’t see race.” BS

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im concerned white people care about the militarization of police and not its connection to anti-Blackness

In Ferguson, Cops Hand Out 3 Warrants Per Household Every Year

Alex Tabarrok comments on the rather remarkable caseload of Ferguson’s municipal court:

You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests for jaywalking and constant “low level harassment involving traffic stops, court appearances, high fines, and the threat of jail for failure to pay.”

If you have money, for example, you can easily get a speeding ticket converted to a non-moving violation. But if you don’t have money it’s often the start of a downward spiral that is hard to pull out of….If you are arrested and jailed you will probably lose your job and perhaps also your apartment—all because of a speeding ticket.

We’ve all seen a number of stories like this recently, and it prompts a question: why are police departments allowed to fund themselves with ticket revenue in the first place? Or red light camera revenue. Or civil asset forfeiture revenue. Or any other kind of revenue that provides them with an incentive to be as hardass as possible. Am I missing something when I think that this makes no sense at all?

This is sort of a genuine question. I know these policies are common, but where did they come from? Are they deliberate, created by politicians who like the idea of giving their local cops an incentive to get tough? Were they mostly the idea of police departments themselves, who figured the revenue from fines would provide a net boost in their annual funding? Or did they just accrete over time, popping up whenever there was a budget crisis and then never going away?

Does anyone know?

| Thu Aug. 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT

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