Executive Director Kelly Carlisle sits next to President Barack Obama at the White House!

Acta Non Verba Honored at The White House!!

Executive Director Kelly Carlisle sits next to President Barack Obama at the White House!
Executive Director Kelly Carlisle sits next to President Barack Obama at the White House!

Check out the White House Blog about this!

President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

President Obama hosts 2014 Iftar dinnerPresident Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Last night, President Obama hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996. Many consider President Thomas Jefferson to be the first President to host an Iftar dinner, as he hosted a sunset dinner to accommodate the fasts of an envoy from Tunisia over 200 years ago.

The Iftar is the meal after sunset that concludes the day of fasting during the month of Ramadan, a time to pray and reflect, to be reminded that we are equals in humanity, and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling from economic hardship and inequality.

Last night, guests were welcomed into the East Wing where a copy of the Quran owned by President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States, was on display from the Library of Congress. At sunset, guests gathered in the Grand Foyer to break their fast with a date following the traditional melodic Muslim call to prayer led by a local student from the University of Maryland. Then finally, after a 16-hour day of fasting since sunrise, guests gathered in the State Dining Room for a halal meal with the President.

President Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran on display for guests attending the White House IftarPresident Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran on display for guests attending the White House Iftar. (Photo by Jill DeWitt of the Curator’s Office)

Among attendees were members of the diplomatic corps, White House administration officials, U.S. Government staff, elected officials, and Muslim Americans who have been doing great work to strengthen the fabric and prosperity of our nation. This year’s Iftar celebrated Muslim Americans working tirelessly to fight income inequality by creating opportunities for access, whether through education, health, food security, or at-risk youth development.

Among those at the President’s table was Kelly Carlisle, a former member of the Navy who leads an urban farming program where at-risk children grow and sell fresh food to eat healthier and deposit the profits they earn into individual savings accounts to build toward a better future.

Aala Muhammed’s parents emigrated from Sudan and worked several jobs to send her to a good high school in Chicago, but her hopes of going to college faced financial challenges. With the help of a nonprofit that focuses on young people, she earned admissions to Yale University and now runs her own program to encourage girls of color to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Also seated with the President was Muhammed Chaudhry, who runs a foundation that works with schools, parents, and local IT startups to better prepare students to embrace science and math and find creative ways to keep academic enrichment programs going for low-income students in the face of summer program budget cuts.

During his remarks, the President thanked the Muslim community for the contributions they’ve made to create opportunities for those who lack access. No matter our faith, race or gender, we are equals in humanity.

Tonight we reaffirm a simple truth.  Fundamental to the character of our country is our freedom of religion — the right to practice our faith as we choose, to change our faith if we choose, or to practice no faith at all and to do all this free from fear of.  All of us are deserving of an equal opportunity to thrive — no matter who we are, what we look like, what we believe, or how we pray.  And all of us have an obligation to do our part — to help others overcome barriers, to reverse the injustice of inequality and to help more of our fellow citizens share in the promise of America.

In Islam, there is a hadith that says God helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother.  In other words, we’re summoned to serve and lift up one another, and that’s the lesson of several of our guests here tonight.

President Obama also wished Muslim Americans and Muslims all around the world a blessed Ramadan.

Read the President’s Ramadan statement here.

 

GROW!!

ANV and OPR’s Summer Day Camp 2014

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Acta Non Verba’s and OPR’s Summer Break Day Camp at Tassafaronga June 16- August 15

NOW Accepting Applications!

Check out our E-Flyer HERE!

Acta Non Verba (ANV) and Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR) are teaming up again to bring Action, Education, Excitement and FUN to your children this SUMMER!

Join us this Summer for Art Projects, Storytelling, Reading, Games, Overnight Camping and MORE!!

And at just $10 per Day, it cant be beat!

Get the application HERE!

(Session 1) June 16-July 11 (7am-6pm) (Session 2) July 21-August 15 (7am-6pm)

Thomas Raising Friends

For just $10 per day*, your child will receive:

Breakfast, Lunch and a Snack

Field Trip Admission and Transportation

Art, Culinary, Fitness, and Gardening activities

A Safe, Clean, EDUCATIONAL place to GROW!

…AND a TON of FUN!!

**8am-5pm

Think You’re Ready? Find the Application in English and Spanish HERE.

Field Trip!

Farm Visits and Field Trips!

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) offers outdoor educational program to pre-K through 12th grade students, college observation activity students, and adults that includes a tour of the farm, a discovery activity, food sampling, and an age-appropriate work project.  The Coordinator will tailor the visit according to each group’s goals, interests, and time frame.

Click HERE for the Application and Waiver!

Possible focus topics include:

  •  Exploring soil and compost
  •  Planting and transplanting
  • Learning about bees, bugs, and worms
  • Understanding food sources
  • Understanding food deserts
  • Investigating ecosystems
  • Sustaining our environment
  • Learning to love vegetables
  • How to become an urban farmer
  • Mapping a seasonal garden

If you would like to schedule a visit, please complete the Field Trip Application form.  Please note that all youth visitors must have their parent or guardian complete a waiver before they arrive on the farm.

Group Size

Groups larger than 25 should contact the Coordinator at info@anvfarm.org to make special arrangements.

Chaperones

For PK-5th grade, there should be a minimum of one and no more than two adults for every five students.

For 6th – 12th grade, there should be a minimum of one and no more than two adults for every ten students.

Adults include teachers, administrators, parents, and teacher aides.

What to wear/bring

An Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project field trip is an outdoor experience, rain or shine (except during severe weather such as lightning or heat advisories, in which case we will relocate into indoor spaces when possible until the conditions are safe).  Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking in grass, mud, and dirt paths.

Visitors are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray with them.  All visitors must sign a waiver before their visit – minors require a parent/guardian’s signature.

How to prepare your students

We’d appreciate your help preparing your students for the trip by sharing our farm’s rules with them before they arrive:

Keep your feet on the paths to avoid trampling any plants growing in the raised garden beds.

Ask permission before picking and eating any produce or using any tools.

Leave sticks, woodchips, and rocks on the ground.

Try out a new food and be polite if it’s not your favorite.  No saying “gross,” “yuck,” or “nasty” – you might influence someone else to not like it.

Stay calm around insects.

Practice active listening, be curious, and ask questions!

How to prepare your chaperones

We love working with enthusiastic chaperones who help their youth enjoy the farm!  We like to remind our adult guests of a few guidelines before the trip:

Help the youth stay safe on the farm by monitoring their movements – reminding them to stay on the paths, not throw sticks or rocks, and to be cautious when using tools.

Please help maximize student learning by letting the youth answer the questions and allowing them to experience the activities first.

Demonstrate enthusiasm for trying new experiences and tastes by either working alongside the youth or keeping quiet about your own likes and dislikes.

Help us practice environmental responsibility by reminding youth to only use one drinking cup while visiting and to pick up any litter they generate.

Scheduling procedures

Field trips are generally available 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. If you have special scheduling requests let us know and we may be able to make adjustments.

Prices

$200-Sliding Scale depending on how long the field trip lasts, how many participants, what type of activity and if ANV will be providing snacks from the farm.

Checks should be received in advance, made payable to Acta non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project. P.O. Box 22944 Oakland, CA 94609.  Fees are fully refundable if trip is cancelled by ANV and in cases of extreme weather and/or emergency school closing.  50% will be refunded if the trip is cancelled by theschool/ group.

Getting to the farm

We are located on the corner of 83rd Ave and E Street in east Oakland behind Tassafaronga Recreation Center (975 85th Ave.). If you are using a GPS to find us, please type in 1001 83rd Ave. Oakland, CA 94621. Map link for directions: http://goo.gl/maps/mAsWz

Visitors, please park along E Street and NOT on 83rd Ave. You will be ticketed and possibly towed. If you are taking AC Transit, take the # 98 – towards San Leandro St. It will drop you off on the corner of 85th and E Street and you can find us from there.

Rain or Shine Policy

Here at Acta Non Verba we like to get our hands in the dirt come rain or shine, and we’re ready for field trips in almost any weather. We expect groups to arrive prepared for the weather, but also have sheltered places on and near the farm where we can do activities and stay protected.

Follow-up

After your visit, group leaders will be asked to complete a short online survey to provide feedback to Acta Non Verba staff.  We can also provide materials (reflection questions, readings, or learning evaluations) that connect with the farm-based activity for leaders to use with their group after the visit.

Like Us and see what we’re up to daily! www.facebook.com/ActaNonVerbaUrbanFarm

Follow Us on Twitter! @anv_youth_farm

Click HERE for the Application and Waiver!

Photos of ANV:SOS

ANV: Shared Office Space (SOS)

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Acta Non Verba’s Shared Office Space (SOS) is now OPEN!!

7631 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94621

510.686.1717 ~ SOS@anvfarm.org

9am -5pm (Earlier or Later if you need it… Just let us know!)

Have you been looking for a comfortable, professional space to conduct your business? A place to run your meetings, interview candidates, make copies or just send a fax?

Well, look no further than ANV’s New Shared Office Space!

In addition to WiFi, an awesome, positive and supportive environment, we have amenities you just won’t find anywhere east of Downtown!

Reception Area Featuring:

  • A Full Size Couch
  • Comfy Armchairs
  • End tables
  • B&W and Color Printing
  • Scanning
  • Fax
  • Mail Service

Indoor Meeting Area Featuring:

  • Capacity for up to 25 people
  • 6ft Conference Table
  • 8ft x 4ft White Board
  • Projection Area
  • Privacy Partitions

Outdoor Meeting Area (Patio) Featuring:

  • Capacity for up to 25 people
  • WiFi
  • Tables
  • Chairs/ Benches
  • Organically Grown Produce

Kitchenette and Breakfast Nook Featuring:

  • Whiteboard
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Deep Freezer
  • Glassware
  • Flatware
  • Tableware
  • Coffee and Tea Service

…AND MORE!

Ready?! Fill out the appointment form HERE!!

Ta'Jae H. Harvests Garlic

Monthly Garden Party!

Eat up!!
Eat up!!

Invite your friends and Neighbors!

The first Saturday of each month, from Noon- 4 pm Acta Non Verba holds a farm Work Day at Tassafaronga. (83rd Ave and E Street 94621) Here we weed and plant and harvest and prune, learn lessons about sustainable agriculture and growing produce in East Oakland. Come get your hands dirty, feel the sun on your face and help us maintain this small farm. (And possibly take home some organically grown produce!) ** A light lunch will be provided**

#YouthEmpowerment

Camp ANV 2014

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ANV Youth Spring Break Mini- Camp

Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18th

8am-5pm

$50

SPRING BREAK MINI- CAMP application HERE! For your convenience, you can pay for camp, HERE!

Get a jump on summer camps and try out Camp ANV 2014!

There are so many things ANV@Tassafaronga has to offer! Your child can help!

Some of our activities this week will include:

Gardening, Carpentry, Swimming, Farming, Laughing!!

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming.

ANV’s quarter acre farm located in the City of Oakland’s Tassafaronga Park (83rd Ave & E Street 94621) is planned, planted, harvested and sold by youth grades K-8 and 100% of the proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts for those who have participated.

ANV offers a path for community residents of all ages to build trust, self-determination, and economic resiliency.

Support ANV with Time, Talent and/or Treasure!!

Support Acta Non Verba!

Volunteer Opportunites for ANV@Tassafaronga Farm

General Volunteer Opportunites

Are you a backyard farmer/ gardener that wants to share your knowledge?

Contact us! You can fill out and e-mail or fax the volunteer forms below.

Are you a writer inspired by nature? We need you too! Please contact us and find out how we can work together!

VOLUNTEER/ INTERN JOB DESCRIPTIONS

ACTA NON VERBA: YOUTH URBAN FARM PROJECT’S MISSION STATEMENT:

THE MISSION OF ACTA NON VERBA: YOUTH URBAN FARMING PROJECT IS TO COMBAT THE GROWING DISADVANTAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR COMPLETING HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTENDING A POST SECONDARY SCHOOL BY EMPOWERING THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, WE WILL UTILIZE URBAN FARMING TO ELEVATE THE STANDARD OF LIVING IN THE INNER CITY AND EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AS THE CATALYST OF COMMUNITY CHANGE. THE FURTHER REWARD IS SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR EACH PARTICIPANT.

OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION:

VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS FOR ACTA NON VERBA: YOUTH URBAN FARM PROJECT WILL BE INSTRUMENTAL IN GROWING BOTH THE BERKELEY YOUTH SALSA GARDEN AS WELL AS TASSAFARONGA FARM IN EAST OAKLAND. INCREASING OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE AND GAINING VISIBILITY FOR OUR PROJECTS SUCCESSES AND EVENTS WILL ALSO BE A RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL INTERNS. BOTH INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS MUST BE DEPENDABLE AND ABLE TO PASS A CITY OF OAKLAND BACKGROUND CHECK (TO WORK WITH YOUTH).

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN:

PUT TOGETHER A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

MONITOR AND ENGAGE ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN

PUT TOGETHER AND EMAIL OUR BI-WEEKLY NEWSLETTER IN GOOGLE DOCS

COMMUNICATE EXCITING NEWS

UPDATE WEBSITE, AS NEEDED

QUALIFICATIONS:

FAMILIAR WITH TWITTER AND FACEBOOK (WE WILL TEACH YOU THE REST!)

MUST BE ABLE TO WRITE CLEARLY AND CONCISELY

MUST BE DETAIL ORIENTED, TEAM PLAYER AND TECHNOLOGICALLY SAVVY

MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH MICROSOFT EXCEL (APPLE OS EXPERIENCE A PLUS!)

ABILITY AND DESIRE TO WORK WITH YOUTH GRADES K-12 HIGHLY DESIRABLE

GARDENER:

MAKE SURE THAT THE SOIL HE IS WORKING WITH IS OF THE RIGHT QUALITY AND IN GOOD CONDITION

HELP YOUTH SELECT THE RIGHT SEEDS OF PRODUCE AND FLOWERS WHICH ARE IDEAL FOR BERKELEY AND OAKLAND CONDITIONS AND HELPS PLANT

TRIM SHRUBS AND TREES, WATER, FEED, TRANSPLANT AND REMOVE WEEDS

KNOW WHICH FERTILIZER AND PESTICIDES TO USE IN AN ORGANIC GARDEN ORDER THE KEEP THE PLANTS HEALTHY AND PROVIDE NOURISHMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

LAY DOWN MULCH, WOOD CHIPS, MOSS AND OTHER SOIL MOISTURIZERS DEPENDING ON THE PLANTS

QUALIFICATIONS:

ENJOY PHYSICAL AND OUTDOOR LABOR

ABILITY AND DESIRE TO WORK WITH YOUTH GRADES K-12 HIGHLY DESIRABLE

CARPENTER:

BUILDING, FINISHING AND REPAIRING SMALL GARDEN AND FARM STRUCTURES USING WOOD, CONCRETE AND METAL

PERFORMING PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE ON HAND AND ELECTRICAL TOOLS

QUALIFICATIONS:

SKILLED IN CARPENTRY

ABILITY TO SKETCH EFFICIENTLY

CREATIVITY

GOOD COORDINATION OF EYES AND HANDS

ABILITY AND DESIRE TO WORK WITH YOUTH GRADES K-12 HIGHLY DESIRABLE

BENEFITS:

THESE ARE UNPAID PART-TIME INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. (WE ARE WORKING ON OBTAINING A SMALL STIPEND)

ESTIMATED WEEKLY HOURS ARE 5-8 HOURS PER WEEK, UNLESS YOU HAVE MORE TIME THAN THAT! (SCHEDULE IS FLEXIBLE, BUT MOST DAYS WILL REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF ½ HOUR, TO KEEP THE COMMUNICATION CONSTANT) (MINIMUM 3-MONTH COMMITMENT, BUT LONGER IF YOU’D LIKE).

Sign Up Below!

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ANV’s 3rd Annual “Spring Of Green” Open House and After Party -Saturday, June 7th

 

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FUN for the Whole Family!!
This FREE Community Event is not to be missed!

Acta Non Verba has got an amazing line-up of guest speakers, gardening workshops and lots of great kid’s activities planned like, Rock Climbing, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Cooking Demo’s and even a Bouncy House!

Check it OUT!!

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AND, After the SHOW, It’s the After Party…

Benefit Mixer for Acta Non Verba

Craft Cocktails!
Craft Cocktails!

6-9pm

7631 MacArthur Blvd.  Oakland, CA 94605

The celebration won’’t end at 4 pm on June 7th.Come out and join the ANV Staff, Board Members and Supporters at the Spring of Green Mixer from 6 pm to 9 pm at the ANV Shared Office Space (ANV:SOS) located at 7631 MacArthur Blvd!Enjoy some good eats, craft cocktails (included in the price) made with FRESH ingredients from our farm and an awesome DJ!All while visiting our shared work space, networking with fellow farmers and friends of farmers! You don’t want to miss this! A donation of $50 gets you in and tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.
We Need YOU!

Help Wanted! Social Media & Outreach Intern

 

 

Social Media Intern

 

Social Media / Outreach Intern

ABOUT US:Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming.

OUR MISSION: ANV’s quarter acre farm located in the City of Oakland’s Tassafaronga Park (83rd Ave & E Street, 94621) is planned, planted, harvested and sold by youth grades K-8 and 100% of the proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts for those who have participated.
Summary:
ANV is seeking a responsible individual to provide general communications and marketing support to the Executive Director and our Board of Directors and Advisory Boards, including direct mailing, generating marketing content, including writing and researching for the e-newsletter and blog, scheduling and representing ANV at relevant events; maintaining ANV’s social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ect. Additionally, there may be some duties related to event planning, fundraising and development.

Specific duties include:

• Create and implement program-specific marketing campaigns to increase awareness of our organization and participation in upcoming events
• Update and develop contact lists for outreach, including local events, to promote our programs and events
• Research and maintain a calendar of local outreach events; attend and represent ANV at these events
• Assist with editing marketing and programmatic materials, including press releases, tour announcements, fliers, brochures, etc.
• Populate ANV social media with content (i.e. articles, photos, links, videos, and blogs) related to our work
• Assist with organizing and running ANV events, including outreach and marketing for events, set up, tabling, taking photos, etc.
Primary responsibilities include:
• Identify new opportunities for marketing and outreach
• Staying current with social media trends and opportunities and be a key marketing resource for the Food Sovereignty Tours team and help the Program Coordinator develop marketing strategies for expanding our social media membership/audience such as planning and executing specific marketing campaigns
• Follow political developments related to our work. Write profiles of key organizations, communities and individuals from our community
• Be an active and enthusiastic participant invested in improving the organization

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The ideal candidate for this position must have strong organizational and writtencommunication skills and must be an active participant in the social media sphere. Must be a creative thinker and self-motivator to help promote our organization in new ways. Experience in marketing and fundraising a plus, but not required. In addition, we are looking for someone that is excited and passionate about our work and can convey that to any audience.

Requirements:
• Superior communication skills
• Self motivated and self directed
• An active participant in the social media sphere
• Advanced knowledge of social media technologies, tools and capabilities.
• Experience in underserved communities a plus
• Excellent writing skills, research experience a plus

* PREFERRED: Background in marketing, public relations, journalism or business. Competent in Spanish a plus, but not required.

Commitment:
The Communications Intern will be required to commit to a minimum of 15-20 hours/week for minimum duration of four months.

Benefits:
The Intern will gain invaluable experience developing, contributing to and editing an international newsletter, as well as executing various online marketing campaigns, including developing viral marketing strategies. The Intern will also gain useful writing samples in a number of formats, e.g web copy, grant proposals, blog posts, etc. In addition, Acta Non Verba is a dynamic environment for networking with local organizations, NGOs, scholars and activists working in a broad range of fields related to social justice in food and agriculture.
Acta Non Verba Interns are expected to also help out with farming duties. This is an unpaid position.

Application instructions:

Interested candidates please visit website at www.anvfarm.org and learn more about us! Then please submit your resume (or educational summary) and 1 paragraph cover letter further explaining your interest in this internship and why you’re the best fit for our organization. Additionally, please submit a writing sample.

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 7. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so please apply soon. Start date will be the second week of April 14, 2014. Please note: Applicant must be based locally and have their own transportation.

Contact:
Please send full application to info@anvfarm.org with “ANV Social Media Outreach Intern” as the subject line.

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Field Trips and Farm Visits

A church youth group visits ANV@ Tassafaronga!
A church youth group visits ANV@ Tassafaronga!

Looking for a safe and exciting place to bring your school, class, company or organization? Well look no further than ANV@ Tassafaronga!

We offer Farm Tours, Field Trips, Service Learning Projects and general fun to groups as small as five to groups as large as 50.

Get our application HERE!

We have hosted:

Barbeque’s

Celebrations

Classes

Conferences

Convening’s

Meditation Circles

Meetings

Workshops

Field trips for: Elementary, Middle and High Schools

Give us a call to plan and schedule your trip! 510.972.FARM (3276)

Find the Field Trip/ Farm Tour Waiver

Art Contest!!

1st Annual Camp ANV Art Contest!!

For OUSD youth in grades K-8…
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project is excited to invite you to participate in our First Annual  2014 Activity brochure Art Contest! Children are asked to create original artwork with the hope that it will be featured in ANV’s 2014 activity brochure. This year’s theme is “Food Comes From Farms” in addition to the artwork being featured in our brochure, the Grand Prize winner will receive a $50 gift card.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTWORK:
* 8 ½ x 11 white paper
* On the back, clearly print your name, home address, email address, phone number, grade and school.
* Entries must be RECEIVED by Monday, March 3, 2014
SUBMIT ENTRIES TO:
Acta Non Verba
Attn: Art Contest
P.O. Box 22944 Oakland, CA 94609
Questions?
Call 510.972.3276 or e-mail info@anvfarm.org
**IMPORTANT** We are not able to return any artwork. Any art submitted for this contest will be considered property of Acta Non Verba.

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