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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Work to Wealth Escalator: Why a Quality Job is More than Just Income

PolicyLink, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP), Jobs with Justice,  Family Values @ Work, and Insight Center hosted a dynamic discussion on the characteristics of job quality that lead to wealth building opportunities for families. The webinar highlighted key takeaways from the second report in the IASP Leveraging Mobility series, Employment Capital: How Work Builds and Protects Family Wealth and Security. The data suggests that the link between employment and building wealth goes far beyond the paycheck. Panelists also pointed to factors such as the importance of paid leave, the challenges of part-time and contingent work, and policy opportunities to improve quality employment for families.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
New Research to Help Expand Healthy Food Access in Your Community

New research in a joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust, Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research, underscores healthy food access as the foundation necessary for reaping the positive benefits associated with healthy food.
The webinar featured report authors along with a local government official. Speakers discussed how findings from the new report can be used to expand healthy food access in communities across the country.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Financing Healthy Food Retail 2.0: Tools and Resources for Effective Program Implementation

Across the country healthy food financing initiatives and programs are helping to increase access to nutritious foods for millions of Americans. Terms such as "food desert" and "underserved" have become commonplace, yet clear definitions can be elusive and vary by state and program. Other challenges include building a robust pipeline of applicants and marketing the program effectively, as well as attracting additional investment to support projects.
This webinar discussed these initiatives and how they are being administered by community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and food access organizations on the local and state level.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Development without Displacement in Sustainable Communities

This webinar discusses methods for identifying communities at risk of displacement, and strategies and policies to keep people and businesses home as new transit and other improvements come to the community and region.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Persuade 7 of 10 Americans to Support Government Action on Financial Security

In a climate where it’s tough to get a majority of Americans to support government action on anything, communicating effectively about financial security for all is imperative to enacting critical policies. The Ford Foundation and Hattaway Communications have conducted two years of in-depth research to develop communications tools that persuade 7 out of 10 Americans to support an active government role in helping people build financial security.

This webinar shared practical guides and principles for crafting compelling narratives and language to increase support for a variety of policies and programs.  A great resource for advocates and policymakers, this powerful approach can help you attract new supporters to your work—and achieve even greater impact for the people you serve.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
What Works: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

California’s future prosperity depends on the success of its growing majority: communities of color. Boys and men of color make up a significant part of this growing population – 70 percent of Californians under the age of 25 identify as people of color – yet they face unique barriers to opportunity that result in some of the state’s poorest outcomes.

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a group of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. Active locally and statewide, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color utilizes the strong and diverse leadership of youth and community leaders to ensure the health, well-being, and success of our state’s youth.

This webinar provided an overview of key best practices and lessons learned from on-the-ground Alliance efforts across California; and highlighted effective local practices and case studies from Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Long Beach.

Wednesday, November 7, 2013
How the Federal Tax Code Is Driving Inequity And What You Can Do About It

The primary purpose of the U.S. tax system is to generate public revenue, but it also serves as a vehicle to advance public policy goals. For example, the tax code includes provisions that incentivize taxpayers to take certain action – like buying a home, or saving for higher education or retirement – by providing them with tax credits, deductions, exclusions, and preferential rates. These tax benefits, known collectively as “tax expenditures,” reduce government revenues, disproportionately benefit wealthier households, and provide limited benefits for low- and moderate-income families and households of color.

Deliberations about reforming the federal tax code – including discussions about the cost and benefits of various tax expenditures – are underway in Congress. These discussions provide a unique window of opportunity for advocates to call for a more inclusive, progressive, and equitable tax code – one that provides fair benefits to all U.S. households. 

This webinar is intended to prepare practitioners and advocates for critical windows of opportunity to engage in tax reform debates and advocate for policies that enable low- and moderate-income families to access a greater share of the benefits.

Wednesday, October 23
California’s Undocumented Boys and Young Men of Color: Strategies to Improve Health and Success
California is home to over 400,000 undocumented children and youth. Despite facing significant legal barriers, these young Californians and their families enrich our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses. Their optimism, creativity, deep courage, and hard work are powerful assets that—if supported and harnessed—will ensure that California is strong and competitive for generations to come.

Unfortunately, many federal, state, and local policies currently stand as obstacles to their health and success. This Alliance for Boys and Men of Color webinar highlights the systems reforms and public investments needed to provide California’s undocumented boys and young men of color with the resources and tools they need for full integration into our society.

Thursday, October 24
Food Policy 101: Expanding Healthy Food Access on Food Day 2013

On October 24, the nation joined together for Food Day 2013 -- a celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. In honor of Food Day, the Healthy Food Access Portal held a food policy 101 webinar bringing together community leaders and activists throughout the country to share strategies for improving access to healthy foods.

Webinar speakers discussed the best way to harness the power of community to create policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. The webinar also addressed a range of topics including why healthy food access is important, the role that food policy councils, community leaders, and local government can play in making real policy change, and how to engage community to improve food access and quality.


Tuesday, October 15
Communicating about Race, Equity, and the Economy
To build an all-in nation, advocates and policymakers must talk squarely about how and why racial inequities hinder economic growth and development for everyone. But how can we communicate effectively about race and the economy? How do we expand the conversation about racial inclusion in a way that is honest, productive, and engages people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds? During this webinar, some of the foremost experts on communicating about race, equity, and economic opportunity will share tips and strategies.

This fifth webinar shares the ideas in All-In Nation: An America that Works for All, a new book by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress.

Tuesday, October 8
Jobs, Income, and Assets: Economic Security for All
Please join us for the fourth webinar sharing the ideas in All-In Nation: An America that Works for All, a new book by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress.

Economic security—having enough money to cover basic needs and enough savings to invest in the future—is essential for the health of families and the health of the economy as a whole. But as inequality has risen, economic insecurity has become the norm, especially for families of color.

This webinar discusses the state of communities of color in the American economy and the most promising strategies and policies to grow good jobs, boost the incomes of low-wage workers, and create opportunities to build assets.

Friday, September 27
All Aboard: Making Equity Central in Transportation Planning

Transportation is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all—connecting us to jobs, schools, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions – what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it – is central to creating equitable regions. Urban and rural communities that have sought to target transportation resources to places and people most in need have successfully maximized economic, environmental, and social equity benefits for the entire region.

This webinar focuses on how to incorporate equity into the transportation decision-making process in order to foster just and fair inclusion. Equity leaders across the country will describe their efforts to develop and implement strategies that expand public transportation including buses, rail, and vanpools; connect workers to quality jobs in the transportation sector; and foster healthy, sustainable, communities of opportunity.

Tuesday, September 24
All-In Local and State Policy Webinar

When it comes to equity, local leaders are innovating the way forward. Across the country, advocates, organizers, public officials, labor leaders, and others are building new coalitions and advancing new policies to create more inclusive and prosperous cities and states.

This webinar discusses policy strategies that are promoting equitable growth, including an “all-in” policy platform for New York City, an organizing and policy effort that is expanding opportunities for California’s boys and men of color, and “construction careers” policies to ensure low-income workers and communities of color can access good jobs in the construction sector.

Tuesday, September 10
All-In Infrastructure: Supporting Communities So All Can Thrive

Infrastructure – including transportation, water, and energy systems -- is critical to connect people to economic opportunity. But infrastructure is often crumbling in communities of color. How can we leverage billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements to reduce the nation’s unemployment and poverty rates and create pathways to jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for our fastest-growing demographic groups? What infrastructure policies hold the most promise for building a vibrant economy where all can participate and prosper? This second webinar of the All-In Nation Webinar series answers some of these questions.

Tuesday, September 5
Regional Equity Networks: Members and Partners Together - Pushing and Winning on Equity

Equity networks are emerging as a successful strategy to influence policies and investments, and create new pathways to connect people to opportunity. But winning policies and ensuring effective, accountable implementation is challenging work. Successful equity networks focus on building and sustaining strategic alliances with a broad range of governmental, private sector, and institutional partners. They stay true to authentic advocacy that reflects the real needs of those who are negatively impacted by the racial and social constructs that currently exist in our nation.

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Thursday, August 29
Farmers’ Markets in Low-Income Communities: Strategies & Best Practices

Across the country healthy food stakeholders are working to support farmers’ markets that increase access to healthy foods in low-income communities. This webinar will discuss how incentive programs, retail strategies and policies are changing how consumers shop at farmers' markets in their neighborhoods. Experts will share best practices and lessons learned from the field about how to implement programs to promote the sale of healthy food at these retail outlets.  

Tuesday, August 27
An All-In Primer: Demographic Change and the Economic Imperative of Equity

America is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, but what does this mean for our economic future? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead in building a competitive workforce? And what policies should we pursue to build an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few? This new webinar series drawing from All-In Nation: An America that Works for All will begin to answer these questions.

Thursday, August 22
Promise Zones Informational Webinar

The Promise Zones initiative is an exciting new strategy being implemented by the Obama Administration to address the challenges of concentrated poverty. Building upon the proven tools implemented by the President during his first term to combat poverty, this initiative will designate a number of high-poverty communities as Promise Zones, with which the federal government will partner and invest in to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and improve public safety. This webinar introduced this interagency effort, explored its potential for tackling complex issues, and discussed eligibility for application.

Wednesday, August 21
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Webinar

This webinar, on the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule currently under development by the U.S. Department on Housing and Urban Development, will explore: historical context around fair housing issues in the U.S.; why the Rule is being developed and the purpose it will serve; opportunities to provide feedback on the rule before it is finalized; and strategies to ensure communities of color will be invested in and prevented from displacement in the development of a final rule.

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Thursday, August 1
Health Homes for Boys & Men of Color: Strategies for Effective Design and Implementation

This webinar, sponsored by the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Health Policy Work Group, focuses on strategies to design and implement health homes tailored to the gender, culture, language, race, ethnicity and life experiences of BMoC. A "health home" is a place or system that delivers accessible, integrated, prevention-oriented health care to patients through partnership between multiple health specialists, patients, and their families.  Health homes are increasingly common and are expected to grow significantly in future years, particularly with incentives in the health reform legislation.  Health homes present an important opportunity to reverse the health challenges facing young men and boys of color, and panelists will discuss specific considerations for making this happen.

Tuesday, July 9
New Masculinities: Gender as Wellness for Boys of Color

This Alliance for Boys and Men of Color webinar explored a groundbreaking new approach to working with boys of color that drives healthy new masculinity and academic achievement. The webinar was the first in a series that explored definitions of manhood, perceptions of masculinity, and the multiple identities boys and men of color have in California. Participants had an opportunity to hear from B. Cole and Erica Woodland of the Brown Boi Project on a full school immersion program, after school program, and summer workshops. They facilitated a rich conversation on the new challenges facing boys and men of color today and offered tools that can be integrated into your current programming. Topics include healthy masculinity, gender transformative learning, engaging GBT boys of color, social emotional learning, and rites of passage.

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Thursday, July 11
New Market Tax Credits - An Important Financing Tool for Healthy Food Retail

Established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in low-income communities, the NMTC program incents private investment in eligible locations by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called Community Development Entities (CDEs). The NMTC program has a proven track record in expanding access to healthy foods by encouraging private sector investment in underserved communities.  This webinar was an introduction to a complex financing tool. Participants had an opportunity to learn the mechanics of the NMTC program and explore how NMTCs are being used to finance a variety of projects designed to improve access to healthy foods.

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Thursday, June 27
Food Access and Economic Impacts: Trends and New Research

Studies have shown that healthy food retail improves the economic health and well-being of communities, and can help to revitalize struggling business districts by supplying local jobs; creating foot traffic; and attracting complementary stores and services like banks, pharmacies, and restaurants. Healthy food retail can also increase or stabilize home values in nearby neighborhoods, generate local tax revenues, and promote additional spending in the local economy. This webinar provided the latest research on the economic impact of healthy food retail and explored how new healthy food retail provides jobs and other positive economic impacts to surrounding communities.

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Thursday, June 20
Healthy Food Financing: From Advocacy to Implementation

Across the country local stakeholders are adopting methods and strategies to improve access to healthy foods by advocating for policy change. This webinar uses The Food Trust’s recently published Healthy Food Financing Handbook: From Advocacy to Implementation to discuss how these efforts have led to the creation of healthy food financing initiatives at the city, state and federal level.
The webinar offers a roadmap for how to successfully advocate for initiatives that improve access to healthy food through the development of healthy food retail. Additionally, the discussion provided an overview of how healthy food financing initiatives are administered by government agencies, community development financial institutions, and food access organizations.

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Wednesday, June 19
Implementing Equity in Health in All Policies & Health Impact Assessments: From Concept to Action

This webinar focused specifically on why equity is critical to HiAP and HIA, and specific strategies to implement and ensure equity. The speakers discussed principles and frameworks for the inclusion of equity, as well as present examples of the principles in practice.

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Thursday, May 30
Resources to Create or Expand Healthy Food Retail: Public and Private Grant and Loan Programs

This webinar provided an overview of the “Find Money” section of the Healthy Food Retail Portal as well as examples of specific federal, state, and local resources that can be tapped to create or expand healthy food retail opportunities in underserved communities. 

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Wednesday, May 22
What We Don't Know About Economic Inequality in Asian America

Researchers from the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles shared national and statewide data on how various Asian ethnicities are faring through the foreclosure crisis, the recession, and slow economic recovery. The speakers also discussed the enormous diversity among Asian American ethnic groups, comprising some of the poorest populations in the United States.

Thursday, May 16
Baltimore: A Healthy Food Access Case Study

Baltimore offers an important example of a city that has successfully implemented an inter-governmental initiative to increase access to healthy and affordable foods in underserved neighborhoods. This webinar offers an in-depth exploration of Baltimore’s healthy food retail programs and accomplishments including its virtual supermarket program, the financing of two recent healthy food markets, and a just released study mapping food quality in Baltimore food markets.

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Thursday, May 2
The Grocery Gap: A Training for Grocers

This webinar highlighted financial resources and tools available to grocers building or expanding stores in their communities. Experts from the supermarket industry discussed lessons learned from the field and the innovative business models that have been adopted by grocers to improve healthy food access.

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April 30, 2013
Campaign Launch Webinar: Making Health and Opportunity Happen for Boys and Men of Color

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color held a webinar to discuss the Campaign to Make Health and Opportunity Happen for Boys and Men of Color.
The Campaign builds on the tremendous momentum generated last year from the work of the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, the Fix School Discipline Coalition and countless community, legislative and elected partners.

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April 4, 2013
Food Access & Health Impacts: Trends and New Research

Limited retail access to healthy foods affects the dietary patterns and health outcomes of many Americans.  Learn how new research and evaluation practices are helping to generate fresh solutions that stimulate change in local communities.    

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March 26, 2013
Cradle to College: Exploring How Children's Savings Accounts Pay Off

PolicyLink and a panel of experts discussed promising new developments in children’s savings accounts. This webinar explored ways that accounts not only contribute to saving for college, but also improve educational outcomes, and the odds that low-income students and students of color enroll in college.

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March 20, 2013
Food Policy Councils: Improving Healthy Food Retail in a City

Food policy councils are shaping the healthy food environment in cities across the country.  This webinar served as an in-depth tour of the successful Los Angeles Food Policy Council and highlighted efforts in other cities across the US.

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March 20, 2013
Ensuring Health for Boys and Men of Color in California: What's Happening with Medi-Cal Expanision and How Can we Make a Difference

The Health Policy Work Group of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color hosted a webinar on the expansion of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program). The webinar discussed the Medi-Cal expansion and important opportunities for communities to expand coverage and improve access to care for California’s boys and men of color.

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  • Also, read CPEHN's fact sheet, Medi-cal Expansion: What's at Stake for Boys and Men of Color?

March 6, 2013
Knowing the Basics: Food Access 101

Webinar presenters from the three sponsoring partner organizations discussed the problem of healthy food access and the innovative solutions being developed to address the issue. Designed as an introduction to the field of healthy food access, the webinar also featured a discussion on how to make the case for healthy food retail solutions in local communities.

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February 27, 2013
Why is America's Racial Wealth Gap Growing?

The Insight Center’s Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, PolicyLink, and Tom Shapiro, Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, held a webinar presenting breakthrough research on what is fueling our country’s growing racial wealth divide. Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, moderated a panel of experts on the policy implications of this new research, including Janis Bowdler, Director of Economic Policy with National Council of La Raza; Chuck Collins, Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies; Saru Jayaraman, Co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities centers United; and Deanne Loonin, Staff Attorney at National Consumer Law Center. 

September 25, 2012
New Tools for Understanding Criminal Records Employment Discrimination

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released updated guidance addressing the disproportionate impact of criminal background checks on people of color. The guidance educates employers and workers about the civil rights and consumer protections that regulate criminal background checks for employment. This webinar helped advocates understand the recent guidance, including the relevant civil rights and consumer laws; how to enforce worker rights and file complaints; the challenges and opportunities for communities and employers; and the impact of employment on recidivism and what the guidance means for local implementation.

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September 6, 2012
Building Sustainable Communities through Environmental Justice Strategies

Hosted by the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California, this webinar will define EJ (environmental justice) and its importance in building sustainable communities, introduce tools for measuring EJ impacts, outline best practices for engaging marginalized communities in planning processes and policy development, and discuss recent climate justice efforts.

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August 28, 2012
Equitable Strategies for Growing Urban Agriculture

The webinar provided participants with an explanation of the eligibility requirements necessary to benefit from the executive order the President announced on June 15, 2012. The urban agriculture movement is gaining momentum, creating pathways to healthy food, and improving the vitality of communities. PolicyLink continues its mini-series of webinars focusing on how low-income communities and communities of color are incorporating urban agriculture into their community development efforts and into policy infrastructures supporting this work.

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August 22, 2012
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program under which the Department of Homeland Security will not place certain, eligible individuals into removal proceedings. The webinar provided participants with an explanation of the eligibility requirements necessary to benefit from the President’s executive order announced on June 15, 2012.

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August 2, 2012 
Immigrant Integration: Integrating New Americans and Building Sustainable Communities

Hosted by the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California, this webinar will define immigrant integration, explain its importance for building sustainable communities, and outline best practices for integrating immigrants more fully into a region.

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July 31, 2012
Healthy Food, Healthy Economies

This webinar explores why and how supporting efforts to improve food security and healthy, local foods can strengthen our communities. Brought to you by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative, this webinar featured industry-leading speakers and data points to help you make the case in your own community.

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July 25, 2012
Maximizing Opportunity in HUD's New Fair Housing and Equity Assessment

Co-hosted by PolicyLink, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities

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June 27, 2012
The Power of Regional Equity Networks: Tools for Regional Advancement

Regional Equity networks and coalitions are taking the lead in shaping the implementation of equity-focused public policies that build and sustain communities of opportunity across America. This webinar explores the formation and sustainment of effective regional equity networks and coalitions.

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April 11, 2012
Opportunity Mapping for Regional Planning

Hosted by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, this webinar examines opportunity mapping and its applications.

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Friday, Mar 2, 2012
Engagement with Traditionally Marginalized Communities

In this webinar, participants had an opportunity to hear from several current Sustainable Communities grantees about their experience engaging traditionally marginalized communities in both regional and local planning processes. Participants were able to learn about specific methods to bring vulnerable populations to the table, build stronger relationships with these communities, messaging for inclusion, and, meaningfully integrating engagement into decision-making processes.

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February 16, 2012
Equitable Strategies for Growing Urban Agriculture
Building from the PolicyLink Urban Agriculture Tool, PolicyLink will host a mini-series of webinars focusing on how low-income communities and communities of color are incorporating urban agriculture into their community development efforts and into policy infrastructures supporting this work. This is the first webinar of this series.

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