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May 6, 2014

2014.05.06: Justice for Cecily: Cecily was found guilty

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:52 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Justice for Cecily: Cecily was found guilty

Cecily was found guilty.

We are devastated by the Jury’s verdict today. It has been clear from day one that Cecily has not received a fair and open trial. The job of a judge during a jury trial isn’t to guide the verdict to fit his opinion. Judge Zweibel, who consistently suppressed evidence, has demonstrated his clear bias by consistently siding with the prosecution. In addition to suppressing evidence, he imposed a gag order on Cecily’s lawyers, which is a clear violation of their 1st Amendment Rights, and placed the burden of proof on the defense, not the prosecution. He is rightly known as ‘a prosecutor in robes’.

Beyond Judge Zweibel, it is disgusting to see vast resources from taxpayers wasted for over two years to prosecute Cecily. Manhattan DA Cy Vance has refused to drop this case, pursuing maximum charges against Cecily while ignoring police violence and misconduct. This is unfortunately not isolated to Cecily’s case but is indicative of a system concerned not with justice but with the unrelenting harassment of dissenters and the powerless.

In the two years awaiting trial, Cecily was never offered anything less than a felony charge, a charge that would stay with her for the rest of her life. While awaiting a trial, Cecily has lived in limbo for two years, not knowing what her future would be, forced to re-live her trauma every one of those days. Beyond the sexual assault and physical injuries she sustained, Cecily suffered PTSD and has had difficulty finishing her master’s degree and continuing her work as a union organizer and activist.

Despite the chilling precedent this verdict puts forth for activists, we will not be deterred from seeking social and economic justice, as evidenced in the courtroom today. Though we’ve held our tongues throughout this trial as Cecily was personally attacked and degraded, we could not stand silent today in the face of such a gross miscarriage of justice. The people had to speak truth to power today by standing up and will continue to do so as long as this justice system continues to punish the 99% and protect the 1%.

As journalist Chris Hedges said in a recent article, “The corporate state, which has proved utterly incapable of addressing the grievances and injustices endured by the underclass, is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years. And if protests erupt again—as I think they will—the state hopes it will have neutralized much of the potential leadership. Being an activist in peaceful mass protest is the only real “crime” McMillan has committed.”

We recognize that, as poorly as Cecily has been treated these past two years, she was lucky enough to have an amazing support system comprised of representation from the National Lawyer’s Guild and Mutant Legal, as well as significant financial help from supporters of Occupy Wall Street and a team of ten who tirelessly worked to bring her case to light and support her through this trying time. It’s harrowing to imagine how many unfortunate people encounter this system without the resources Cecily had, though we know countless innocent people are forced to plea to felonies and ruin their lives every day in this building.

We will be fighting this unjust verdict in the court of appeals. Cecily’s lawyers are optimistic, given the circumstances of the case and the gross bias demonstrated throughout, that we can win on appeal.

Thank you all for your ongoing support throughout this trial. We know that many share our outrage at this verdict. Please continue your support: we will keep this website updated with how you can best help.

November 2, 2012

2012.11.02: Urgent: Occupy Sandy Volunteer Relief Mobilization

Filed under: OWS — nyclaw01 @ 8:35 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 8:45 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Urgent: Occupy Sandy Volunteer Relief Mobilization

Sandy relief for the 99%



Occupy Sandy!

Posted 19 hours ago on Nov. 1, 2012, 1:38 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: climate, disaster relief, hurricane, nyc, occupy sandy

Sandy Relief


Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street,, and The task of rebuilding communities is a marathon and not a sprint. We thank you for your donations and your support. The hubs we have set up so far are listed below and photos and volunteer updates are available on our facebook: To contact us with information that should be included on this hub, please email

To get regular updates by text message please text “occupysandy” to 23559.

Enter your email here to receive news and updates about how you can help!

Financial Donations can be made to:

Volunteer to Help Out the Relief Effort:

To locate an Emergency Shelter, use this map which is updated regularly to reflect current status of the shelters in :!/disaster/hurricane-sandy

For anyone who needs assistance with food:

Citymeals is delivering shelf-stable meals to seniors. If you come across any senior housing, please contact Citymeals and make them aware. Email

Emergency food stamps: Call 718-557-1339. Many people may qualify for the Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

To donate goods, here is a list of needs and where you can drop them off:

printer paper
baby items: diapers etc.
pet food

36-10 Crescent St. 2nd floor.
Contact Pam: 718-208-7205

Chinatown (open Nov 1, 10am-5pm)
46 Hester St Frnt A
(212) 473-6485 – email provided, but best to just show up to help or bring supplies!

Specific Requests in Chinatown:
Water bottles
C, D, AA, AAA batteries (and one 9 volt battery)
Food (hot at lunch, non-perishable/bread/cookies)
Some bottles of Ensure (Glucerna shake) for the elderly, vitamins for the elderly
Generator (for shelter at 350 Grand St, Seward Park High School)

Rockaway and Far Rockaway
Location 1:
Firehouse on 59th street
across from the train station.
contact person: Jean Dupont 9179755623

Location 2:
Veggie Island
96th Street and Rockaway Blvd.

Location 3:
Store Front Community Center
B113 and Rockaway Beach Blvd

Specific Requests in Rockaway and Far Rockaway (starred ones are most urgent):
* Propane grille or camping style oven
* Plates, cups, forks, bowls, spoons, etc
* blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, anything to keep folks warm
* cleaning supplies – buckets, squeegies, mops, bleach
* masks, gloves for cleaning
* socks
* water
* tarps
* garbage bags
electric stove
gas stove
satellite phones
big paper, tape, markers
pens, paper, notepads
camping tables
gasoline containers
fire extinguishers
walkie talkies
i9 tablets

Fort Green/Clinton Hill
45 Waverly Avenue
just off of Park Ave in Fort Green/Clinton Hill
(Hours for Nov 1: 10am-6pm)

Park Slope
Park Slope Armory
361 15th St, Brooklyn

Sunset Park
St. Jacobi Church
5406 4th Ave
Contact: Ronnie 646-353-5194

Specific Requests in Sunset Park:
steamtable foil pans full or half size w lids
cleaning supplies
tin foil
saran wrap

Williamsburg (starting Nov 1, 10am)
306 Leonard St, apt J1 (btwn Conselyea and Metropolitan)
Contact: Jennifer (917) 586-4153

136 Jefferson Ave, apt 2 11216

East Billyburg (Beginning Thursday Nov 1 at 12 noon)
House of Yes
342 Maujer st
Contact: Kae Burke (525)217-7209

Downtown Brooklyn
2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor

Location 1:
47 saint nicholas avenue #4d
btw 112 and 113

Location 2:
938 st Nicholas ave # 25 at corner of 157th and st Nicholas ave.

Lower East Side
The Bowery Mission
45-51 Ave D
contact: Claude Nelson or any “operations manager” on duty. they’re open 24/7 and in need of prepared foods, a generator and anything else you can offer.

Specific Requests at Lower East Side:
Prepared Foods

Occupy Wall Street & have teamed up with – a people-powered disaster relief platform – to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC. At we are launching support pages where people can GIVE help or post a NEED. Here is more information about this coalition.

We have started with the following Recovery pages, and more will be coming soon: – (646) 580-7473 – (347) 669-4394 – (347) 464-9269 – (347) 934-9927 – – @SIrecovers

The following hashtags are being used for tweets related to Sandy:

NYC dark

Goldman Sachs buliding: a beacon for our brave new world

October 9, 2012

2012.10.09: FYI: Weds. Rally at BK Crimi. Ct. to support Dennis Flores

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Criminal Justice,Free Speech,OWS,Police Abuse — nyclaw01 @ 11:51 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 11:51 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FYI: Weds. Rally at BK Crimi. Ct. to support Dennis Floresdenis flores

Please join Sunset Park Tenant Strikers, Occupy Sunset Park & Supporters toDemand that all Charges Against Activist Dennis Flores be Dismissed!!

WHAT: Press conference and rally to support Dennis Flores

WHEN: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am

WHERE: Brooklyn Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, Courtroom AP4

On Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am at the Brooklyn Criminal
Court, Sunset Park Rent Strikers, members of Occupy Sunset Park, and
other supporters will rally and demand the immediate dismissal of all
charges against Sunset Park activist Dennis Flores.

Sunset Park Rent Strikers, OSP, and supporters will rally and plan to
fill up courtroom and demand that the Brooklyn D.A’s office dismiss
all charges against OSP activist Dennis Flores. Flores came to the
aide of tenant Francisca Ixtilico who was assaulted by building super,
Israel Espinoza, who sent her to the hospital with cerebral bleeding.
Officers from the 72nd precinct arrested both OSP organizer, Dennis
Flores and super, Israel Espinoza, and charged them with 3rd degree
assault, a misdemeanor for fighting each other, and the super was also
charged for assault on tenant striker, Francisca.

Espinoza walked away from the 72nd precinct with just a desk
appearance ticket before police had even begun their investigation of
Francisca’s assault, and before they had contacted hospital officials
to learn of the extent of her injuries. Police officers were more
focused on arresting long-time organizer Dennis Flores, who had come
to the defense of Francisca by taking Espinoza off of her. Fransisca
spent a week in the hospital with cerebral bleeding.

Sunset Park tenants on 46th Street have been on strike for several
months. They have complained to numerous elected officials, government
agencies and others about the inhumane living conditions. Frustrated
with the lack of support from these officials and agencies they turned
to OSP, and others to fix and eventually take ownership of the three

For years residents at three adjacent buildings in Sunset Park,
Brooklyn (545, 553, and 557 on 46th St) have been living in fear of
fires and electrical blackouts. Despite numerous complaints made to
city agencies and politicians’ offices, documented housing violations
(including unsafe electrical wiring, a broken boiler, and
disease-triggering agents like mold, cockroaches, rats, and bed bugs)
continue to threaten the lives of dozens of residents.

While many of these violations have persisted for years, the situation
became more dire in recent months as the buildings underwent
foreclosure. The buildings’ owner, Orazio Petito, has refused to do
necessary repairs and continues to insist that tenants pay their rent.
In the meantime, a cheap plastic fan is being used to keep the
basement’s electrical box from overheating and catching fire.

In apartments that include a pregnant woman with two children,
disabled tenants, and individuals with chronic conditions, residents
went without heat and hot water during the winter months. Today, they
face the threat of more blackouts and fear an electrical fire if they
use much-needed air conditioning. For many residents, waiting weeks
for a court order poses an intolerable risk to their lives. “Do we
have to wait for a tragedy before we see action?” asked tenant leader
Sara Lopez.

On July 5th, the affected tenants and various community members and
allies, including members of Occupy Sunset Park and Occupy Wall
Street, held a rally to stress the urgency of the repairs. The rally
was immediately followed by a march to Felix Ortiz’s office. Felix
Ortiz, a New York State assemblyman elected by Sunset Park residents,
personally promised Sara and other tenants that he would work to
resolve their unsafe housing dilemma.

September 7, 2012

2012.09.07: Saturday Night: Occupied Photography

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Labor Solidarity,OWS — nyclaw01 @ 8:48 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 10:31 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Saturday Night: Occupied Photography

Featuring a cast of thousands*

Marking the first anniversary of the occupation of Wall Street, the Brecht Forum is proud to host “Occupying Photography: Documenting The Year of the 99%.”

(*including Noha Arafa, CDD-Brooklyn).


May 15, 2012

2012.05.15: Social Justice Events This Week

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:10 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Social Justice Events This Week

Today, Tues., May 15, 6 p.m.
#15M In NYC: Another World Is Possible.
On May 15th, join thousands in a mass convergence at Times Square for the culmination of a week of actions against austerity and corporate greed. In solidarity with hundreds of thousands rising up around the world, say no to a city and a world run by the 1%, say yes to another city, another world – ours.
Location: Times Square

Today, Tues., May 15, 5-6 p.m.
Commemorating Al-Nakba: Celebrating Palestine
On the 64th anniversary of the Nakba, commemorating the occupation of Palestine and the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of its people, when over 800,000 Palestinians were made refugees by armed Zionist forces seeking to establish an exclusionary Jewish state on the land of Palestine, we stand with our community in the US and our people in Palestine and everywhere in exile and diaspora, to demand our rights, particularly the right of Palestinian refugees to return.
Location: Union Square, 6 p.m. march to Times Square

Weds., May 16, 7-9 p.m.
New Perspectives for the Anti-War Movement
Havaar is a coalition of Iranians, Iranian-Americans, and allies formed in response to the U.S. government’s escalating attacks on Iran and to the Iranian government’s ongoing repression of grassroots movements (
Location: 365 Fifth Ave. CUNY Graduate Center, Segal Theater, First Floor.


Thurs., May 17, 5 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil to Demand Justice for Ramarley Graham
Please come to the vigil for Ramarley Graham, murdered in his own home by the NYPD. Bring loved ones.
Location: 749 E 229th St, Bronx. Take the 2/5 train to 225th.

Thurs., May 17, 6 p.m.
Rally for Worker’s Rights in East Harlem!–Marcha de Unidad por los Derechos de los Trabajadores Carwasheros!
JOIN US and rally TOGETHER with workers and community members to ask for JUSTICE and DIGNITY in the Carwash industry!
Location: 334 E. 109th St at 1st Ave NY, NY

April 5, 2012

2012.04.05: OWS/Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 2:55 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: OWS/Social Justice Events

Please repost and forward widely

Today: Thurs., April 5, 4-6 p.m. (erroneously listed for yesterday)
Emergency Rally: Activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja May Die from Hunger Strike
We will be holding an Emergency Rally on Thursday from 4pm-6pm in front of the Bahrain Consulate in NYC to demand the release of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja who is now on his 56th day of a hunger strike and may soon die from organ failure.
Location: Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 866 2nd Avenue (between 46th & 47th Streets), Manhattan.

Today: Thurs., April 5, 5 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil in memory of Ramarley Graham
STOP STOP & FRISK expresses our support for the family of Ramarley Graham, 18-yr-old killed in his home by police of the 47th Precinct in the Bronx, for the family of Jatiek Reed, beaten by officers from the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx, as well as for all of the countless families who have been victimized by police abuse, brutality, and unjust policies.
Location: 749 E. 229th St., Bronx

Today: Thurs., April 5, 6-9 p.m.
Film screening of the award winning documentary “To Shoot an Elephant”
“To Shoot an Elephant” is an eye witness account from the only foreigners who decided and managed to stay embedded in ambulances with Palestinian civilians during the 22-day Israeli military assault (Operation Cast Lead) on the people of Gaza that left more than 1400 people dead.
Location: Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, Manhattan.


Fri., April 6, 8:30-10 p.m.
Hijabs and Hoodies Against Hatred: Justice for Trayvon & Shaima
We invite all community members to participate in a Hoodies and Hijabs Against Hate Day on Friday, April 6. Wear your hoodies and head scarves to show your solidarity against the acts of violence committed against minority communities and your opposition to all forms of hatred and intolerance.
Location: Sundial, Columbia University, Manhattan.


Sat., April 7, 12 p.m.
Speak out for Trayvon Martin & Ramarley Graham, in Harlem
Come out this Saturday to show your outrage and demand justice, and get connected to the organizing happening around these and other cases of racist injustice.
Location: 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Manhattan

Sat., April 7, 2-4 p.m.
OWS Weekly Orientation
We’ll have a mix of newbies, occupiers and activists. Our hope is to give the lay of the land, discuss the issues we all care about and get people connected to groups and projects that they care about.
Location: Gandhi Statute, Union Square, Manhattan


Mon., April 9, 6 p.m.
Slain Youth Rally – A Gathering for Justice
The day after the Rally, April 10, 2012, it is RUMORED that George Zimmerman’s case will begin its processes and we want to make a FORCEFUL GESTURE IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE!, asking the grand jury to seriously consider the events that led to Trayvon’s untimely death when making its decision regarding a court trial. LET’S INFLUENCE THEIR DECISION AND FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!
Location: Union Square, Manhattan

March 27, 2012

2012.03.27: OWS/Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 4:26 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: OWS/Social Justice Events

Occupy Wall Street Upcoming Events Calendar

Tonight: Tues., March 27, 6 p.m. (Vigil), 7-10 p.m. (Membership Meeting)
Vote on Whether Park Slope Food Coop Members Can Vote for Palestinian Rights
We propose to hold a referendum vote at the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC) to determine our participation in the global nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel’s violation of international law and human rights.
Location: Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Place , Brooklyn

Weds., March 28, 1 p.m.
Protest New Evidence of NYPD political surveillance
Broader Community Plans Wednesday Press Conference In Response To New Documentation That Reveals Government Surveillance Program Expanded Far Past Muslim Communities.
Location: One Police Plaza, Manhattan.

Thurs., March 29, 3-6 p.m.
Anti-NDAA March in Support of the NDAA Lawsuit
March 29th marks the beginning of the anti-NDAA class action lawsuit, launched by several groups and individuals, that seeks to stop the unconstitutional provisions which allow the US military to indefinitely detain any suspected “terrorist,” from going into effect (sections 1021 and 1022, specifically).
Location: Foley Square, Manhattan.

Thurs., March 29, 4 p.m.
CUNY Wide Press Conference
CUNY Wide Press Conference regarding the NYPD spying on CUNY students.
Location: Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn.

Fri., March 30: All day
Mass Call In to White House. Free Peltier
Tell them you are calling regarding Federal Prisoner Leonard Peltier # 89637-132. Tell them you want Leonard released immediately by Presidential Clemency or any means.


March 21, 2012

2012.03.21: Rally Tonight for Trayvon Martin, and Other OWS/Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:53 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Rally Tonight for Trayvon Martin, and Other OWS/Social Justice Events

Today, Weds., 3/21
All Day: Defend OWS at Union Square
Occupiers in Union Square Stormed in Late Night Raid. Union Square’s occupation, active since the brutal NYPD police raid on Liberty Square on 3/17, is currently under threat of eviction. People are needed NOW to converge on the park and hold our public commons! Follow @OWSUnionSquare.
Location: Union Square.

All Day: Tweet to Free Palestinian Hunger Striker Hana Shalabi
Now near death: For over a month, 29-year-old Palestinian detainee Hana Shalabi is on a hunger strike to protest her degrading treatment and the Israeli practice of administrative detention against Palestinians. Use #HanaisDying2Live to let everyone know about Hana and Israel’s unjust policy of administrative detention.

6-8 p.m.: Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin – NYC
1 million hoodies, 1 million signatures on… Show the world we are all Trayvon.
Location: Union Square.

7-10 p.m.: HUNGER: The Struggle of Political Prisoners, From Ireland to Palestine
Film screening of Hunger, a film by Steve McQueen.  In light of the recent case of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, Alwan for the Arts and Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine and Al Awda NY invite you to discuss the parallels of these struggles and how you can stand in solidarity with political prisoners.
Location: Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. 4th Floor, Manhattan.

Thurs., 3/22
8:30 a.m.: Families Against Stop and Frisk
Rally & Pack the Courtroom. in Support of Maxine King, long-standing activist and founding member of Families Against Stop and Frisk.
Location: Joyce Kilmer Park, Corner of 161st and Grand Concourse, Bronx.

4:45 p.m.: Educators Stand up to the NY Post
Join Occupy the Department of Education for a protest at News Corporation’s Headquarters, and a tour of the publications that betrayed our teachers and students through the publication of teacher data reports.
Location: 30 Rockefeller Center.

Fri., 3/23
2:30-5 p.m.: Friday March on Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street will converge in the streets once again and launch the first in a series of spring training marches from Liberty Square to Wall Street in preparation for May Day, a day of massive economic non-compliance and strike.
Location: Liberty Plaza: The Occupation Of Wall Street.

Sat., 3/24
12 p.m.- ? : Let Freedom Spring: OWS March Against NYPD Racism, Brutality and Repression
Just since January the NYPD has practiced a campaign of surveillance, entrapment, and violence against the New York Muslim and Muslim-American communities; a campaign of terror against communities of color, most recently the brutal beating of Jatiek Reed and the senseless murder of Rahmarley Graham in the Bronx; sustained the criminal and dehumanizing tactic of “stop and frisk” in a campaign of racial profiling that serves no law enforcement purpose; and systematically oppressed protestors peaceably assembling in public spaces.
Location: 12 p.m. in Liberty Square (formerly Zuccotti Park) and ending at Union Square.

March 18, 2012

2012.03.18: OWS Alert

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Criminal Justice,Free Speech,OWS,Police Abuse — nyclaw01 @ 11:18 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 6:45 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: OWS Alert

#OWS community call to converge at 8pm TONIGHT at the red cube across from Liberty Plaza to support 80+ arrested last night, and to peacefully march against NYPD’s brutal attack. Please forward widely.

Sent from my iPhone


February 28, 2012

2012.02.28: FW: Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing: Workers of Color and OWS – March 7th

Filed under: Labor Solidarity,OWS,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 12:57 pm

From: Blum, Richard
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:57 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing: Workers of Color and OWS – March 7th



Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing:

Workers of Color and OWS


Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

6:00pm until 8:30pm

CWA Local 1180, 6 Harrison St

Following up from the December Racial Justice Workshop, organizers from the People of Color Caucus have joined with the Rank and File Committee (of the Labor Outreach Committee) for an exciting event on how racism has been essential to Wall Street’s historic roles in the US economy, and how workers of color have fought back throughout. Ai-jen Poo (Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance) will lead us through this history, highlighting the key roles that workers of color have played in the US Labor Movement, even when they had to fight racism within the movement.

The second half will be a panel discussion with rank and file leaders from New York’s labor struggles and how Occupy Wall Street can help them win against the corporations that profit off of their labor: Sotheby’s Workers (Teamsters, Local 814), Domestic Workers United and others!

How can OWS support those on the front-lines of the fight-back against the corporate attack? Join us to help OWS and the Labor Movement build together!

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