Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 22 - April 4, 2009

Baltimore Activist Alert Jan. 22 – April 4, 2009


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Max is seeking housing

5] Chuck Michaels needs help with transportation

6] Buy Mankekolo’s book

7] Start Loving is fasting for a $200 billion cutback in military spending

8] Witness Against Torture 100 Days Campaign – through Apr. 30

9] Living Labyrinth of Peace – through Jan. 31

10] The Calliope of the Future -- Jan. 22

11] IWW meeting – Jan. 22

12] Chicago Conspiracy Trial – Jan. 22

13] Pray for Peace – Jan. 22

14] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – Jan. 23

15] WIB Roland Park vigil – Jan. 23                     

16] White House vigil – Jan. 23                      

17] Support The Congo demo – Jan. 23

18] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – Jan. 23

19] Vigil at Walter Reed – Jan. 23

20] Iraqi performance artist – Jan. 23

21] Nonviolence in Palestine & Israel – Jan. 23

22] Ballroom dancing – Jan. 23

23] Olney vigil to end the war – Jan. 24                            

24] Peace vigil in Chester, PA – Jan. 24

25] Peace vigil at Capitol – Jan. 24

26] African Service – Jan. 25                                                                                        

27] Bridge peace vigil – Jan. 25                                                        

28] Take Back YPR meeting – Jan. 25 

29] Baltimore Green Forum – Jan. 25 

30] Bethesda peace vigil – Jan. 25

31] BERCN meeting – Jan. 25

32] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – Jan. 25

33] Pentagon vigil – Jan. 26

34] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Jan. 26-Jan. 29

35] Death penalty demonstration – Jan. 26

36] Environmental kick-off – Jan. 26

37] Detainee discussion – Jan. 26

38] Pledge of Resistance meeting – Jan. 26

39] Tuesday peace vigil – Jan. 27

40] Death penalty meeting – Jan. 27

41] Ecolocity D.C. meeting – Jan. 27

42] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – Jan. 28

43] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy, PA – Jan. 28

44] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Jan. 28

45] Torture book release – Jan. 28

46] Israel/Palestine roundtable – Jan. 29   

47] Homesteader Defense Team – Jan. 29

48] D.C. strategy meeting – Jan. 29

49] Declaration of Peace conference call -- Jan. 29

50] DVD on SOA Watch – Jan. 30

51] Equality Lobby Day – Feb. 2

52] First Thursday protest of the war – Feb. 5

53] Discussion on public radio – Feb. 8

54] BUPJ meeting – Feb. 11

55] MUPJ conference – Apr. 4

56] Join Global Zero campaign

57] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

58] Publish your peace article

59] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

60] Click on The Hunger Site  

61] Join Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.


3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at  

4] – Max is in need of housing.  If you have any leads, please call him at 410-366-1637.

5] – Chuck Michaels is now home, and he will continue his recovery through out-patient therapy.  He is doing very well, speaking well and regularly, getting around well, and also now has permission from his doctor to be left alone, that is unattended, as needed.

The big need going forward over the next few weeks is transportation for a portion of each day to the Sky Neurological Rehabilitation CenterPomona Square, 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville 21208 - just inside the beltway. On a weekly basis, the web site at Caring Bridge will post the specific times that Chuck needs transportation assistance in getting to therapy. Go to  Call Jaymie at 240-475-0041 if you wish to help with Chuck's transportation to rehab.     


6] – Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo has returned to live in Baltimore, and is writing her autobiography.  Consider purchasing her book" One A Day: Spiritual Vitamins. Be ready with daily Spiritual Vitamins from January 1 to December 31 in 2009.”  Send a donation of $10 with $3 shipping and handling to 3315 Mondawmin Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216.

7] – Start Loving began a fast at 12:01 AM on Thurs., Dec. 18, on Capitol Hill to call for a $200 billion of funding from warmaking to peacebuilding.  Go to He wrote that he will continue until either Dennis Kucinich informs him the transfer will take place or his body gives out. 

8] – Witness Against Torture continues its 100 Days Campaign.  Go to   Groups have taken on each week through Apr. 30, and there will be daily vigils at the White House.  As well, there will be organized activities from film screenings to lectures and community meetings.  These activities are designed to mobilize people concerned about torture and keep sustained pressure on our elected officials to close Guantanamo with deliberate speed.  Witness Against Torture will have a team in D.C. for the duration of the campaign and will provide logistical support to all participants.

9] – Living Labyrinth of Peace by visionary artist Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Sat., Jan. 31 at the Sub-Basement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St. Unlike mazes, labyrinths have one path that leads to the center and back.  Wasko-Flood’s Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace is an interactive installation of computer-programmed lights, designed to be walked.  Go to Contact Tobe’ Ifeanyi at 410-659-6950.  The gallery hours are by appointment Monday –Sunday.  The gallery is open on Sat. from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Email Go to WWW.SBASTUDIOS.COM.

On Sat., Jan. 24 from 2 to 5 PM, Wasko-Flood invites you to read a selection of your latest Peace Poems as well as some selections by your favorite authors. She will join in the readings with Gregg Mosson, Bryan Langston and Marcus Colasurdo.  On Sat., Jan. 31, from 2 to 5 PM, there will be a Wisdom of Mandalas & Labyrinths Workshop.  Call Sandra at 703-217-6706 to register.  The cost is $45.


10] – Tovio was born into an Athapascan Indian village in Alaska, lived in Kenya, in a commune in Chicago and in Michigan.  Check out his set at Red Emma’s, 800 Saint Paul St. on Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7 PM. He will be joined with Coalmine Canary in a show called The Calliope of the Future.  Go to

11] – The Baltimore branch of the Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] meets the third Thursday of the month.  Attend the next meeting on Jan. 22 at 7 PM at Red Emma’s, 800 St. Paul StCall 410-967-2202.

12] – The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago became the focal point for massive demonstrations prompted by one of this country’s most politically tumultuous years. The protest, later considered a police riot, resulted in the indictment of activists and police officers, and a drawn-out political show trial. During this time, Richard Avedon photographed members of the Chicago Seven—as the activists were later dubbed— and others associated with the trial. Reflecting on the Chicago Conspiracy Trial will happen on Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7 PM at The Corcoran Museum.  From the stage Tom Hayden of the Chicago Seven and Leonard Weinglass, one of the defense attorneys, will discuss the trial.  The price for members is $15, and $18 for others.

13] – Fr. Charles Cloughen Jr. [] invites you to pray for peace on Thurs., Jan. 22 at 7:30 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson [off York Road across from the courthouse].

14] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., Jan. 23 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor, corner Pratt and Light.  Everyone welcome, wear black if you can.  See or write or call 410-467-9114.

15] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., Jan. 23 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114. 


16] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

17] – There is a peace vigil to support the Congo every Friday, 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Rwandan Embassy, 1714 New Hampshire Ave, NW.  Call the Rwandan Embassy at 202-232-2882 and register your concern about Rwanda's aggression towards the Congo.

18] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Jan. 23 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war with Iraq. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.

19] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to

20] – On Fri., Jan. 23 at 7 PM, Wafaa Bilal will be at 2640 St. Paul St.  The Iraqi-born artist has used his art to criticize the U.S. invasion and occupation of his country. When his brother was killed at a U.S. checkpoint in 2005, he responded with "Domestic Tension."  For one month, Bilal lived alone in a prison cell-sized room in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world. Visitors to the gallery and a virtual audience that grew by the thousands could shoot at him 24 hours a day. Bilal's experiences with this exhibit and the theory behind it are chronicled in his new book by City Lights, *Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun*.

Bilal's subsequent work, "Virtual Jihadi", generated even more acclaim and controversy.  As part of the evening, a documentary “Art is Not Terrorism” will be shown. Go to


21] – On Fri., Jan. 23 from 7:30 to 9 PM, join the Palestine-Israel Peace Project (PIPP) for a presentation on Nonviolence in Palestine & Israel: Efforts on the Ground by Love Thy Neighbor (LTN) in the Fellowship Hall of Crusader Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Road (SW Corner of Broadwood Dr.- park in church lot off Broadwood Drive), Rockville, MD 20851.


22] –  There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn.  The next dance will be Jan. 23. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.


23] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Jan. 24. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


24] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the "Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted.  Go to

25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., Jan. 24.  Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It. --Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

26] –  On Sun., Jan. 25, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229.   Contact Rev. Dr. Duane Rawlings at  Go to\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.

27] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to

28] – Take Back YPR is meeting on Sun., Jan. 25 at 2 PM at Gecko’s Restaurant in Canton, 2318 Fleet St.  Exit I83 and head east on Fleet St. Gecko’s is near Patterson Park, and the meeting will be on the second floor. Call 410-336-1637.


29] – The next Baltimore Green Forum is on Sun., Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286. The video NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION will be shown and discussed.  Go to The film will communicate the work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, two leaders in a growing movement to transform the relationship between commerce and nature. Email or call 301-345-2234.  Go to

30] – Every Sunday until Nov. 3, from 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Aves., near Barnes & Noble and the Landmark Theaters, there will be a peace vigil organized by Bethesda Friends. Everyone welcome to participate!  

31] – A BERCN meeting takes place on Sun., Jan. 25 from 5 to 6:30 PM at 3632 Beech Ave. RSVP to Aimee at at


32] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Jan. 25. Call 410-230-0450.

33] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Jan. 26, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.

34] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community.  The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email

You can listen to interviews by Steiner through his Center for Emerging Media podcasts. To hear the interviews, email   Go to

35] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  The next vigil is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 26.  Call 410-233-0488.


36] – The Citizens' Campaign for the Environment Legislative Kick-Off is Mon., Jan. 26 from 5 to 8:30 PM in President's Conference Center West I & II, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Presentations from top state officials (Gov. O'Malley, Senate President Miller, Speaker Busch and others invited) and expert briefings on the top environmental issues. Sponsored by the MD League of Conservation Voters and other organizations. If you can make it or would like to volunteer, email Jen Brock-Cancellieri at

37] – On Mon., Jan. 26 at 7 PM at the Huong Peace Art Mural, 3336 M Street, NW, WDC, there will be an overview of the anti-torture campaign which will feature speakers from the Center for Constitutional Rights.  The matter of legal representation for Gitmo detainees will be addressed.


38] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road [three blocks north of Coldspring Lane].  The next meeting is Jan. 26, and the agenda will include upcoming activities such as lobbying in Annapolis and meetings with legislators, as well as the MSP spy scandal, the massacre in the Gaza Strip and Witness Against Torture. Call Max at 410-366-1637.


39] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

40] – The Coalition Against the Death Penalty will meet Tues., Jan. 27 at 7 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road.  Agenda items will include the spy scandal, death penalty legislation and an anti-death penalty demonstration. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

41] – There is a meeting of Ecolocity DC every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the EMERGENCE COMMUNITY ARTS COLLECTIVE, 733 Euclid St. NW, WDC 20001.  It is for people who live in, or are interested in making D.C. a transition town starting with an intentional community that will encompass clean energy, freecycle, natural building, organic farming, community salvage, new urbanism, etc. The next meeting will be on Jan. 27. Go to

42] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Jan. 28. Call 215-426-0364.

43] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is Jan. 28. Call 215-843-4256 or email

44] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Jan. 28.  Call 215-843-4256 or email

45] – On Wed., Jan. 28 at 7 PM, the Washington DC Witness Against Torture is hosting a book release at the Church of the Savior Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Road NW, WDC 20009  - "Witness Against Torture: The Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo.”  Go to


46] – On Thurs., Jan. 29, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC.  Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.


47] – On Thurs., Jan. 29 at 6:30 PM, ACORN will be at St. John's Church, 2640 St. Paul St. to build on the campaign to stop the auction of foreclosed homes.  Elected officials have been invited to support the homesteading campaign to keep people in their homes.  Meet the homesteaders, hear from leaders about the history and strategy of the campaign, learn about how to be contacted, and how to help "defend" families.  This campaign will need support from members of the community in the form of a Homesteader Rapid Defense Team--trained community residents willing and able to mobilize on short notice when a Homesteader family is threatened with eviction by the authorities. ACORN will line up a legal defense team that will also be on site. Call Michelle Moore at 443-804-0365.


48] – The Washington Peace Center calls for a DC peace and justice unity meeting on Thurs.,  Jan. 29 at 7 PM, Reeves Center, 14th and U Sts. NW, to set priorities for the next year, and to help prepare plans for the national mobilization being called for Mar. 19.     

49] – The Declaration of Peace has scheduled a national conference call on Thurs., Jan. 29 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) to hear your ideas and plans for organizing nationwide nonviolent resistance to the war and occupation in Iraq during March 2009, the 6th anniversary of the U.S. invasion. Local actions will take place nationwide on or around March 19 and a mass mobilization to Washington, D.C. will happen on March 21!

50] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee is hosting its latest FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS VIDEO SERIES. The theme is First Amendment rights.  The first film will be an anthology DVD from SOA Watch—“a compilation of films to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign.”  It will be shown on Fri., Jan. 30 at a private home on a large-screen television.  If interested in seeing the SOA anthology DVD, call Max at 410-366-1637.

Doors open at 7 PM, and the DVD starts at 7:30 PM.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available.  A discussion will follow.

51] – Equality Maryland Lobby Day is Mon., Feb. 2 from 4 to 8 PM at Lawyer’s Mall, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.  Let your legislators know it is time to end discrimination in the state of Maryland. Legislation is being introduced to end marriage discrimination against committed gay and lesbian couples and to end workplace discrimination against transgender and gender variant Marylanders.  Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will be a special guest. RSVP to Human Rights Campaign at 202-628-4160.

52] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Feb. 5 from 5 to 6:30 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts.  The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

53] –  Take Back WYPR is holding a forum with Marc Steiner speaking on Sun., Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 PM at St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St. There will be a discussion on the precarious state of public radio.  Contact Maria Allwine at 443-762-0892 or Max at 410-366-1637. Thanks to Red Emma's Collective.


54] – Baltimore United for Peace and Justice will meet at 7 PM on Wed., Feb. 11 at the AFSC, 4806 York Road. The BUPJ agenda will include a discussion about the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, an anniversary commemoration of the Iraq War in March and the April 4 march and rally in NYC.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.

55] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there!  Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.

56] – Join an extraordinary global campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons: A growing group of leaders around the world is calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons and a majority of the global public agrees.  This is an historic window of opportunity.  With momentum already building in favor of Zero, a major show of support from people around the world could tip the balance. When it comes to nuclear weapons, one is one too many.  

57] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5.  To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

58] – Publish Your Peace Article. Daniel Frasier is soliciting peace articles for the biweekly series of commentaries Paths to Peace in the Frederick News Post Religion and Ethics section. For details, email


59] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center, which is now located at 1233 12th St. NW.  All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of our many working groups. Members are asked to pay suggested annual dues of 25 dollars, or volunteer. Email - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032, WDC 20019-0032. Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at  Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.


60] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers.  You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food.  So consider clicking.  

61] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981.  Go to; call 202-682-4282.

Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan


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