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Family of Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Sues Madison

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Tony Robinson, Jr., Shot to Death by Officer Matthew Kenny, Despite Posing No Threat

The family of Tony Robinson, Jr., an unarmed 19-year-old killed in a hail of bullets by a Madison police officer, will lead a rally announcing the filing of a federal civil suit against the City of Madison and Officer Matthew Kenny. The rally will take place at 4:30 PM in front of the State Capitol Building at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and E. Main Street.

The suit, brought by Jon Loevy and David Owens of the Chicago civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, charges civil rights violations in the March 6th killing of Robinson. Police audio and videotape directly contradict the version of events given by Officer Kenny, demonstrating that Robinson posed no immediate threat to the officer or other civilians, despite Kenny’s claims.

Police dispatch audio tapes, for example, record that Kenny was informed that Robinson was unarmed. And squad car video tape contradict Kenny’s claim that Robinson was near him, or coming towards him, when he began firing his seven shots at the teenager.

The suit describes the deliberate method by which Kenny killed Tony without any lawful justification:

“Defendant Kenny fired a first volley of three shots, and then stopped to pick up his flashlight, which he had dropped. Defendant Kenny then took a step back and fired three more shots into Tony Robinson. Then, Defendant Kenny took another step back, raised his gun again, and fired a seventh shot.”

The suit derides the standard procedure by which the City of Madison “investigates” police shootings – for example, allowing officers to re-visit the crime scene and review all available forensic evidence before making their witness statements. Despite those considerable advantages, Kenny’s story still was woefully at odds with the physical evidence, but Madison exonerated him anyway.

In short, Officer Kenny lied repeatedly, and Madison authorities allowed him to get away with it.

“The City’s investigation into the shooting of Tony Robinson is evidence of the City’s continued deliberate indifference to the use of unconstitutional deadly force against unarmed citizens. Rather than examine the evidence, and inconsistencies between Defendant Kenny’s account and the audio and video footage, the investigators accepted wholesale Defendant Kenny’s inconsistent and facially implausible version of events.  Indeed, the City did not even speak to Defendant Kenny in the course of its investigation. Instead, policymakers for the City publicly spoke out endorsing Defendant Kenny’s actions….”

“Because of his status as a police officer, Defendant Kenny, like the City of Madison, has not been held accountable for his actions. Instead, despite the cries of a grieving community, authorities, including the City of Madison, have endorsed Defendant Kenny’s actions — an act of deliberate indifference to the senseless killing of Tony Robinson, Jr. and others at the hands of the Madison Police Department… Those actions have left a family and community irreparably harmed, and without other recourse.”

Besides his parents, Tony Robinson, Jr. is survived by five younger brothers and sisters, ages 1, 10, 13, 13 and 16.

Loevy & Loevy is the largest civil rights law firm in the Midwest, with offices in Chicago and Boulder. It has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country over the past decade.

Illinois Black Caucus Thrilled With New Comprehensive Law Enforcement Reforms

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Comprehensive law enforcement measure signed into law

Earlier this year, Illinois Legislative Black Caucus member’s Representative Elgie Simms and Senator Kwame Raoul led the way for comprehensive law enforcement reforms aimed at ensuring accountability and safety for officers. The recent string of officer-involved deaths prompted legislators to draft Senate Bill 1304, which makes provisions for body cameras, independent investigators in officer-related deaths, special prosecutors and cultural competency training.

Earlier this year, members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus called on Governor Bruce Rauner to sign this pivotal piece of legislation, and today the measure was signed into law.

“Quickly, yet carefully, we crafted a package of reforms that demonstrate a serious commitment to restoring trust between law enforcement and communities,” Raoul said. “The steps we have taken are a response to recent tragic officer-involved deaths, but also a public acknowledgement that communities are only truly safe for all their residents when police and the people they serve can trust one another.”

Illinois is the first state in the nation to pass a comprehensive package of recommendations put forth by President Barack Obama’s police task force.

“Mandating independent investigations in officer-related deaths will provide an impartial analysis of cases, giving members of the public greater confidence that justice will be served,” said Sims, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 1304 implements numerous recommendations of the federal task force by:

·         Requiring independent investigation of all officer-involved deaths

·         Improving mandatory officer training in areas such as the proper use of force, cultural competency, recognizing implicit bias, interacting with people with disabilities and assisting victims of sexual assault

·         Creating a statewide database of officers who have been dismissed due to misconduct or resigned during misconduct investigations

·         Improving data collection and reporting of officer-involved and arrest-related deaths and other serious incidents

·         Establishing a commission on police professionalism to make further recommendations on the training and certification of law enforcement officers.

The legislation also prohibits the use of choke holds by police and expands the Traffic Stop Statistical study, which provides insights into racial disparities in vehicular stops and searches, to include pedestrians whom officers “stop and frisk”.

“These reforms minimize instances of police brutality without criminalizing police,” said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, chairman of the joint Black Caucus. “We need to keep officers and the public accountable.”

After Questioning from Kirk, VA OIG Ends Subpoena of Government Watchdog Group

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Decision Follows Hearing on Systemic VA Corruption and Abuse of Veterans

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) applauded the acting head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Linda Halliday for ending a subpoena against a government watchdog group aiding whistleblowers who have exposed corruption in the VA.

The OIG’s decision was the direct result of a hearing Senator Kirk, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, held on systemic corruption in the VA and abuse of veterans at many American VA hospitals. The subpoena was issued under the previous acting VA Inspector General, Richard Griffin, against the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in an effort to intimidate and retaliate against medical personnel whistleblowers.

In a letter to POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian, VA Deputy Inspector General Halliday wrote that, at the July 30 hearing, “Subcommittee Chairman Mark Kirk suggested I review the VA Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) subpoena issued to the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) on May 30, 2014. I have decided not to enforce the subpoena.”

Video of Senator Kirk asking Halliday at last month’s hearing to reverse the subpoena can be viewed here. The letter from Halliday informing POGO of her decision is available here.

National Congress of Black Women, Inc Supports Consumers for Smart Solar Amendment

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NCBW Statement supporting the Consumers for Smart Solar Amendment

The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) supports the efforts of the Consumers for Smart Solar. As stated in our Amicus Brief filed at the Florida Supreme Court on June 10, 2015, the NCBW opposes the Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC) Solar Ballot Initiative because the proposed amendment, if approved, will have a recurring detrimental financial impact on Black women, their families and communities in particular, as well as generally upon members of the public dependent upon electric utility service.

Persons who cannot afford solar energy will not have the benefit of solar energy. Yet, those persons will suffer utility rate increases needed to subsidize the use or intermittent use of the utility grid by solar energy users.

As an organization whose mission is to encourage the participation of Black women and their families in the development of public policy that impacts them through political education and involvement, the failure of the FSC ballot summary to fully and accurately explain the purpose and overall effect and ramifications of the proposed amendment, causes an unfair and misleading presentation to the voters.

You can learn more about our Supreme Court Brief by visiting:

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/briefs/15/15-780/Filed_06-10-2015_Brief_of_Opponent.pdf#search=national congress of black women

Welch Bill Aimed at Better Prosecuting Perpetrators of Child Abuse Signed Into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, which will help strengthen child welfare investigations and better allow for the prosecution of those who abuse or neglect children, was signed into law on Tuesday.

“As a young father, one of my top priorities is to protect the welfare of children across our state,” Welch said. “This legislation provides tools that will help in this effort and, hopefully, prevent child abusers from sliding through cracks in the justice system.”

Senate Bill 1335, an initiative of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office that Welch sponsored in the House, will allow State’s Attorneys to use evidence of child abuse and neglect from previous cases in temporary custody proceedings and abused, neglected, or dependent adjudication hearings.  Welch’s measure was also supported by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, the Illinois Attorney General’s office, the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, and the Family Defense Center.

“A wide coalition of advocates backed this legislation because it will improve child abuse investigations and keep children safer in the future,” Welch added. “I remain committed to working with advocates and my colleagues in Springfield to ensure that child abusers are punished and prevented from victimizing children again.”

Welch represents the 7th District which includes all or parts of Bellwood, Berkley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Forest, Westchester and Western Springs.

Ground Broken for First BUILT in Cook Economic Development Project

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President Preckwinkle, other dignitaries join in celebration in Franklin Park

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined a number of local and federal officials Wednesday in breaking ground for infrastructure improvements that are key to revitalization of the Cullerton Avenue Industrial Area in Franklin Park.

The groundbreaking celebrates the start of the first project funded in Cook County under the BUILT in Cook loan fund. BUILT (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Transportation) is a HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee program that allows the County to borrow money from private investors at reduced interest rates to promote economic development, stimulate job growth and improve public facilities.

“The Cullerton Avenue Industrial Area is home to 10 companies and employs more than 1,300 people,” President Preckwinkle said. “This loan of up to $4 million will be used to fund public improvements including street reconstruction, sewer and drainage work, and we anticipate 133 new jobs will be created. The project is an example of what can be done to promote economic development and job growth in our industrial communities.”

“The Cullerton Avenue Industrial Area project is made possible by government at various levels and businesses working together to address infrastructure needs, where all are partners in project financing to keep and expand jobs in the Village, Cook County and the region,” said  Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen.

“HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program is a powerful public investment tool to drive economic development in underserved areas,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator. “It will be a boost to the Franklin Park community and will provide employment opportunities for area residents.”

The Cullerton Avenue Industrial Area contains more than 2.3 million square feet of industrial space. The project is scheduled to be completed next year.

School Immunizations – New Certificate of Religious Exemption Requirement

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Exemption certificate requires health care provider signature

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Parents or legal guardians who object, for religious reasons, to their child being immunized for school entrance must submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which now must be signed by a health care provider.  Signed into law on August 3, 2015, this new legislation requires a health care provider to sign the certificate confirming they have provided education to the parents or legal guardians about the benefits of immunizations and the health risks of not vaccinating students.

“Vaccines not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because vaccines are not always 100 percent effective, it is important that as many people as possible are immunized to decrease the amount of disease circulating and help prevent illness and possibly even death.”

Educational information given by health care providers may include nationally accepted recommendations from federal agencies such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, information from vaccine information statements, and vaccine package inserts.

“We recognize the importance of providing an option for religious exemption, but we also understand there must be a balance between family rights and the health of all students,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D.  “This certificate ensures that parents and students are fully aware of the risks of not being immunized.”

The certificate also reflects the parents or legal guardians understanding that their child may be excluded from school in the case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or exposure.  Parents or legal guardians must submit the certificate to their local school authority prior to children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade.  This new requirement will be in place for religious exemption requests beginning October 16, 2015.

The new Certificate of Religious Exemption form will soon be available on both the IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) websites.

Urban Elite Business Awards to Take Entries on September 1st

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The Awards were created to recognize and reward remarkable achievements in the African American business community.


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The submission period for the Urban Elite Business Awards begins on September 1, 2015. The idea for the awards was conceived by entrepreneur Kyla Federowicz to celebrate and reward outstanding professionals in multiple disciplines within the African American community.

Federowicz, who is both founder and CEO of the Urban Elite Business Awards, comments: “One of our most important goals is to provide a national platform where we can honor the exceptional talent found within Americas vibrant Black business community. The Black business community has always played an important role in Americas social and cultural livelihood.”

She further added, “The Urban Elite Business Awards aims to elevate Americas Black business professionals to a world class level, and provide them with a meaningful and legitimate forum for national recognition. With 70 categories in six main divisions we hope to award a diverse group of winners who are making positive changes and contributions in their community.”

The Awards will honor outstanding professionals with over 70 awards in the following six categories: Business Services; Fashion and Beauty; Special Events; Entertainment and Media; Churches and Social Organizations; and Best in Business.

The Awards are open to all African Americans over the age of 13 and currently residing in the United States. Those eligible are allowed to nominate themselves and/or fellow business persons and community members. Interested persons can visit the Urban Elite Business Awards website to register their submissions from September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015.

Category winners will receive a custom crystal award, a custom press release, recognition on the Urban Elite Business Awards Website and a listing in its Black Book, as well as an electronic website badge confirming his/her award status, and a gift bag.

About The Urban Elite Business Awards
The Urban Elite Business Awards were conceived by entrepreneur Kyla Federowicz with the aim of recognizing and rewarding remarkable business achievements in the African American Community. For more details, visit www.UrbanEliteAwards.com

Treasurer Michael Frerichs Announces Online Auction for Unclaimed Property

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Live Auction August 17-21, Sale Preview Underway

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Commemorative coins, stamps, and jewelry are among the more than 12,000 items worth $45,000 to be auctioned online August 17-21, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

“We encourage bidders to start previewing items now to get a good glimpse of the many great, unique items available to collectors,” said Treasurer Frerichs. “Our unclaimed property team works hard to return valuables to their rightful owners. If the property goes unclaimed for 10 years, the items are auctioned to make room for incoming unclaimed items,” Frerichs added.

Auction items include a 1934 U.S. one thousand dollar bill, Colorado Rockies All-Star Game Collectors set, gold and silver jewelry, and 1882 U.S. Liberty ten dollar gold coin.

Auction items have been appraised by an outside vendor. Auction participants can register at illinoistreasurer.gov and click on the Unclaimed Property Auction link. For questions, call 217.557-8567.

Interested bidders can also stop by the Treasurer’s Office tent at the Illinois State Fair to learn more about the online auction or the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Vault.

The Illinois Treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. Items are auctioned after private and public entities tried for at least 10 years to locate the owners. The office secures more than $2 billion in unclaimed property. Individuals can search by name at illinoistreasurer.gov. Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check every six months.

Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property. Auction proceeds will be held for rightful owners until they are identified.

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. Currently, the portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of principal and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

Collaboraction to Tour New Crime Scene: Breathe Life Sown to Englewood, Garfield Park, Austin and Rogers Park in August

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As part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Program

CHICAGO, IL -  Collaboraction, the Chicago theater community’s “Ambassadors of Hope,” continues to spread its message of peace, art, love, hope and fun throughout Chicago with Crime Scene: Breathe Life, the company’s third annual, free Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks summer tour, playing every Thursday and Friday night in August at four different Chicago Park District venues:

Hamilton Park in Englewood, 513 W. 72nd St.

Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7, 7 pm.

New location! Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14, 7 p.m.

Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.

Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, 7 p.m.

Loyola Park in Rogers Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28, 7 p.m.

Tickets are free but reservations are requested. For information or to reserve your free ticket, email boxoffice@collaboraction.org, visit collaboraction.org or call
(312) 226-9633.

Crime Scene: Breathe Life is Collaboraction’s new traveling production based on its widely acclaimed 2015 mainstage production Crime Scene: The Next Chapter. In his three-star review, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called Next Chapter “a potent and highly useful couple of hours spent with fellow concerned residents in an equalizing setting” that lends “the sense that things really can be changed, if only lines of communication are forced open.”

The new, one hour Crime Scene: Breathe Life viscerally re-examines Chicago’s history of violent crime, while sharing five intimate portraits of real Chicagoans who have used their first-hand experiences with violence to become peacemakers and be a positive impact in the lives of others.

Ultimately, Crime Scene: Breathe Life asks Chicago residents “what do you see?” when it comes to the city’s current crime epidemic, and challenges Chicagoans to discover new ways to work together to create lasting change.

Friday night shows will be preceded by a special youth afternoon workshop called Crime Scene: The Next Generation. Young residents in the community are encouraged to come learn how to make devised theatre, and then they will be integrated into the on-stage performance that evening.

Also on Fridays, starting at 5 p.m., Collaboraction will present their signature Dome of Dance battle-dance tournament with DJ Shon Roka and a FREE Community Meal sponsored by Connie’s Pizza – a full spread – for 250 people.

Every performances is followed by a Town Hall discussion featuring a panel of Chicago Peace Movement leaders from groups such as Formers Anonymous, Example Setters, Y-Men, R.A.G.E. and I Grow Chicago.

Behind the scenes of Crime Scene: Breathe Life

Crime Scene: Breathe Life is Collaboraction’s latest update on the company’s 2013 break-out hit show Crimes Scene: A Chicago Anthology, which ignited the company’s ongoing series that links immersive, hyper-local live theater crowd-sourced with community activists and organizations to combat violence in Chicago. Five true stories of real Chicagoans who were victims of crime but who have since become agents of positive change include:

Sir Taylor, an original member of the Jesse White Tumblers who found his way out of Cabrini Green, became a member of the US Gymnastics Team, performed in Broadway’s The Lion King, and today leads Example Setters Youth Poetry. In addition to inspiring one of its stories, Taylor also performs in the show.

Mike and Karen Trout,
who moved into a home without heat in Lawndale in 1992 and founded Y-Men, an organization that has been preparing young men in North Lawndale for mature, responsible leadership, academic excellence and outstanding service to others since 1996.

Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project NIA, a grass-roots organization that promotes restorative and transformative justice with a vision to end youth incarceration.

Luis Crespo, a cast member in the original Crime Scene whose father founded the Villalobos, a Puerto Rican street gang in Pilsen in 1969. Crespo used theater as a way to get and keep him out of trouble, and today he directs Collaboraction’s Teen Ensemble with After School Matters.

Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old King College Prep high schooler who was lost to tragic gun violence in 2013, and her parents, Cleo and Nathaniel Pendleton, who have leveraged the national spotlight to keep Hadiya’s spirit alive and inspire millions across the country.

This is the third summer that Collaboraction has been tapped to share its Crime Scene message of hope and change with city residents via the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program. Previous versions were embedded in targeted neighborhoods including Englewood, Austin, Bronzeville and Rogers Park.

The success of Collaboraction’s Crime Scene summer tours also spawned the company’s monthly series of Let Hope Rise peace variety shows staged earlier this year at Chicago Park District venues throughout the city.

The cast for Crime Scene: Breathe Life includes Antonia Arcely, Georgann Charuhas, Justin Cornwell, Luis Crespo, Molly Hernandez, Monique Johnson, Ebony Joy, Nathaniel Swift and Sir Taylor. The production team includes Anthony Moseley (writer/director), Adam Seidel (co-writer), Genevieve Fowler (assistant director/script supervisor) Ashley Ann Woods (set), Jeremy Getz (lights), Elsa Hiltner(costumes), Matt Reich (sound), David Wooley (fight choreographer), Patrick Fries (production manager), Tara Malpass (stage manager) and Sarah Moeller (producer).

Anthony Moseley (writer/director) serves as the Artistic Director of Collaboraction, where he has produced over 50 productions, 13 SKETCHBOOK Festivals and over 250 events since the company’s founding in 1999. Moseley’s most recent productions include This Is Not a Cure for Cancer in 2014, and the 2013 debut of Crime Scene:  A Chicago Anthology. In 2000 Moseley co-founded the annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, which was lauded by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Reader as “the premiere short play festival in the Midwest.”

Collaboraction’s Crime Scene: Breathe Life is presented with the Chicago Park District with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help advance the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.

Next year’s 15


Final SKETCHBOOK Festival at the Chopin Theatre in January 2016

Collaboraction’s 15th and final SKETCHBOOK Festival will return to where it all started: the Chopin Theatre Mainstage, January 14-24, 2016, reuniting many of the Chicago artists who have participated over the years, including co-creators, Wesley Kimler (painter) and John Cabrera (tv and film producer/writer/actor.)

SKETCHBOOK will also return to its classic format of 16 short plays, visual arts and music, reuniting and further growing a diverse community of artists and audience for a grand finale bacchanal of provocative new works and immersive staging in a multi-disciplinary environment.

About Collaboraction

Collaboraction (collaboraction.org) collaborates with artists, community leaders, health professionals and citizens from throughout the city to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans. For tickets and information, visit or collaboraction.org or call (312) 226-9633.

Collaboraction, led by Executive Director Darcy Addison, Artistic Director Anthony Moseley and a dedicated staff and board of directors, is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation via the MacArthur Foundation, and the Wicker Park & Bucktown SSA #33 Chamber of Commerce. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Photo Caption: (top,from left) Crime Scene: Breathe Life features the true story of (1 & 2) Sir Taylor, (3) a vignette about a family bonfire celebrating the life of Hadiya Pendleton,

(bottom) (4) Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, (5) a Dome of Dance dance-off competition and (6) a free community meal catered by Connie’s Pizza before every Friday night performance. Click here to download these images.

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