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Useful info:
- Artists/performers/SW: scroll down for your specific careers. For current Chicago job openings, there's a link to the living board document in the Job links section.
- ICE is gearing up to raid Chicago during quarantine - REPORT THEM. WE ARE A SANCTUARY CITY. Info in Harm Reduction tab

LOCAL:
- Shelter in place order for everyone - you can leave for medical treatment & food
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What it isWho appliesSuspendedLink
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Financial Assistance for Individuals
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FEDERAL - if you owe taxes, the Federal Government will allow you to defer payments for 90 days without penalty (up to $1,000,000 per individual)
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LOCAL - Chicago will not be collecting parking tickets until April 30
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LOCAL- Chicago suspends debt collection until April 30
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Covid Unemployment BenefitsPeople laid off/out of work because of COVIDhttps://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx
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Covid Hardship and Help pageAnyonehttps://transformativespaces.org/2020/03/15/chicago-covid-19-hardship-and-help-page/?
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TANF Cash Aid- Illinois residents that are US Citizens/meet requirements
- Be pregnant or have a child under age 19 who lives with them
- Develop a plan for becoming self-sufficient and follow it.
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30358
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AABD Disability AssistanceThe program is for persons who are aged, blind, or disabled and who need money.
- Eligibility is determined based on age, citizenship, age/disability, and you must live in IL
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30370
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WICWomen and Childrenhttp://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30513
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BEAP Fund (Bartender Emergency Assistance Program)Bartenders - you do not need to be a member to applyhttps://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
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Credit Card payment relief resourcecredit card holdershttps://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/issuer-assistance-programs-amid-coronavirus-fears/
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One Fair Wage Emergency Fundrestaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, tipped workershttps://ofwemergencyfund.org/
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RWCF Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief FundRestaurant Workersapplications open
https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/news/2020/3/15/restaurant-workers-community-foundation-announces-the-formation-of-restaurant-workers-covid19-crisis-relief-fund
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Illinois Restaurant AssociationRestaurant Workers
forthcoming
applications haven't open yet.
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Southern Smoke Emergency Relief FundRestaraunt & Bar workers
https://form.southernsmoke.org/smoke/application/?utm_source=Austin+-+Main&utm_campaign=9bdb205a57-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_12_02_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_949542e015-9bdb205a57-145929389&mc_cid=9bdb205a57&mc_eid=df8abc5105
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Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance
allhttps://www.benefits.gov/benefit/597
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Chicago Emergency fundLow income familiesCall: 312.379.0301
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Flexible Financial FundIt is designed to prevent a sudden financial setback from becoming a long-term financial crisis.call 3-1-1
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Student Emergency Fundcurrently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardshiphttps://www.neiu.edu/university-life/student-affairs/student-emergency-fund
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U & I Care Emergency Fundcurrently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardshiphttps://dos.uic.edu/student-assistance/uicare/u-i-care-fund/
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Financial Hardship Tax Relief (City)individuals/business facing tax issueshttps://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fin/provdrs/tax_division/svcs/apply_for_financialhardship.html
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FEMA - IL Covid Fundall- forthcominghttps://www.fema.gov/disaster/3435
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JoustFreelancershttps://get.joust.com/covid-19-cancellation
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Covid Relief Fund for LGBTQI + BIPOC
LGBTQI+ BIPOC folks who are self-employed or in the service economy
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTIBIPOCCOVID19
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Student Loan Forbearance in Economic crisisall
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
Student Loan Economic Forbearance shit
https://www.lisahusseini.com/thoughts/i-just-spent-an-hour-on-the-phone-with-my-student-loan-provider-freelancers-listen-up
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Financial Assistance for Businesses/Organizations
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Funding for nonprofits affected by COVID-19https://www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org/
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COVID-19 Impact Survey for non profits - DUE MARCH 19th at NOONhttps://mailchi.mp/myforefront.org/forefront-update-on-covid-1548633?e=9d56dc8507
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SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19?emci=c7a639b4-9368-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=e49e36df-a168-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4551759
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Small Business Association Disaster Relief LoansSmall businesses
https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-provide-disaster-assistance-loans-small-businesses-impacted-coronavirus-covid-19
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Facebook Small Business Grants ProgramSmall businesses
https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZUa3oPd9Jc6rYQ2t51BnsQF0ybDsMg0EXiJJue-_c-XNMDkpV-B4P2x_uXPlFtWfafiBrPIvtohpZ0zJ1ivmjmvX3nX4eyHoulVKTXPT0ws_0WP6Pdy-dSGFIBLp7Dp8ciS7HT1xV1Y6Tok6hQuR8RSIItwbcpVKGxGg3nDae8mKR6eYAQfR4B4UXBconyfFqlB8d4HNHk0nHj59P2DRGXR&__tn__=R%5D-R
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Financial Hardship Tax Relief (City)individuals/business facing tax issueshttps://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fin/provdrs/tax_division/svcs/apply_for_financialhardship.html
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Coronavirus National emergency declaration permits employers to offer tax-favored financial assistance to employees
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Legal Assistance
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FEDERAL - Foreclosure/Evictions Suspended by Federal Order
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Support with fighting evictions (Chicago has mandated a 30-day suspension on evictions due to COVID-19)https://www.legalaidchicago.org/?emci=0fe0aec6-e367-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=f6f49c8c-e567-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4551759
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS During COVID-19 Info Sheet for immigrants and undocumented peoplehttps://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA003/1/74535/images/Email%20Graphics/2020/2020-03-18%20COVID-19%20external%203/HANA%20Know%20Your%20Rights.pdf?emci=bfe17d87-6469-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=7c4b744e-076a-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4551759
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Undocumented Workers Resourceshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18p9OSlLpSYanIoUC-gEbhVbRMYVUfw4wyrixa9ekGdc/
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KNOW YOUR WORKER RIGHTS During COVID-19 Info Sheethttps://nvlupin.blob.core.windows.net/images/van/EA/EA003/1/74535/images/Email%20Graphics/2020/2020-03-18%20COVID-19%20external%203/HANA%20Know%20Your%20Worker%20Rights.pdf?emci=bfe17d87-6469-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=7c4b744e-076a-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4551759
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Paid Sick leave ordinanceChicago full time workershttps://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/Consumer%20Information/pslnoticefinal060717.pdf
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HOUSING
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Info & Resources for Housing & Homelessness Professionals
https://housingactionil.org/what-we-do/public-education-organizing/covid-19-information-resources/
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Support with fighting evictions (Chicago has mandated a 30-day suspension on evictions due to COVID-19)https://www.legalaidchicago.org/?emci=0fe0aec6-e367-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=f6f49c8c-e567-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=4551759
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Rapid Re-Housing ProgramChicago ResidentsIf you need help, call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance.
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State Homelessness Prevention FundResidents of Chicago
call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance or visit one of the Department of Family Support Services Community Centers
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Emergency Rental AssistancePeople that can use a one-time grant for rent assistancehttps://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/serv/svcs/how_to_find_rentalassistanceinchicago.html
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Mortgage ReliefU.S. Orders Up To A Yearlong Break On Mortgage Payments
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818343720/homeowners-hurt-financially-by-the-coronavirus-may-get-a-mortgage-break?fbclid=IwAR1dqGTCykOZKB2vRcnUz3WjPYPwXY4rnByL2-OWO3omBR2bQAk1lXPCor8
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Chicago Housing Assistant GrantResidents who can show lost household income and be at or below 60 percent of the area median incomeDEADLINE: April 1
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=qc02cC0GUUGBRJfdxW5wJ6DY83Xq2vZCuA8Qkr1ZCnhUQ0lKUFNXRFRXNDNZT0lOQTcwWUMwSE1HSi4u
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UTILITIESHOUSINGHOUSINGHOUSINGHOUSINGHOUSING
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ComED Residential Special Hardship programComEd customers unable to pay their billshttps://www.comed.com/News/Pages/NewsReleases/2018_04_25.aspx
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ComEd has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately through May 1sthttps://www.comed.com/News/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
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People's Gas Effective immediately, no customer's service will be disconnected for non-payment, at least through the end of March.https://www.peoplesgas.com/updates/
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Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this periodhttps://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
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Comcast: 60 months free internet access for qualifying familieshttps://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
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Free internet for the Charter or Xfinity communities
https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/charter-free-broadband-coronavirus-students-1203533537/
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ARTIST ONLY RESOURCES BELOW
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Artist of color emergency grantArtists of colorhttps://www.forthepeoplecollective.org/
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Chicago Artist FundPerformers/Artistssuspended - please consider donating!https://www.gofundme.com/f/chicago-artists-relief-fund
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Artist Relief Treefreelance artistshttps://artistrelieftree.com/
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Craft Emergency Relief FundArtistshttps://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/
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RAUSCHENBERG EMERGENCY GRANTS

The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers - $5k granthttps://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Rauschenberg-Emergency-Grants
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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency grantVisual and performing artistshttps://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants
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Authors Leage FundWriters and authors - no strings attached loanhttps://authorsleaguefund.org/
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NYFA Emergency grantartistshttps://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Emergency%20Grants
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Writer's emergency fundprofessional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisishttps://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/
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Actor's Fund Entertainment Assistance programperformaing artist - multiple resources (this is a gateway application)https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/entertainment-assistance-program
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The Blues Foundation HART FundBlues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.https://blues.org/hart-fund/
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Musicians FoundationU.S. musicians in any genresuspendedhttp://www.musiciansfoundation.org/get-support/eligibility/
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Gottlieb Emergency Grant Programpainters, printmakers, and sculptorshttps://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant
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Queers Writers of Color Relief FundQueer Writers of Color
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4u-9VX5bQZrdt3H-wO99UPb8e_k4r3dy0A3wf8eoG3E-2sw/viewform
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Emergency Funds for Women (multiple)artists of every dicipline, provided that they're FAB (female assigned at birth)https://law-arts.org/resources-performing-arts-organizations-and-individuals-affected-coronavirus-cancellations
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The Haven Foundation
freelance professionals & artistshttp://www.thehavenfdn.org/
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Mayer Foundation
visual artistshttp://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/mayer/about.html
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Artists Fellowship
visual artistshttp://www.artistsfellowship.org/
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Change, Inc.
visual artists
PO Box 54
Captiva, FL 33924
(212) 473-3742
Application:
–Submission of a detailed letter describing the financial emergency.
–Copies of outstanding bills, medical fees, or estimates.
–Current financial statements.
–Career resume.
–Reviews, exhibition or performance announcements.
–Slides or photos of work.
–Two letters of reference from someone in affiliated field.
Details and Notes: Change Inc. provides one-time emergency grants up to $1,000 to artists of any discipline. This grant is a bit mysterious, however, since they don’t seem to have a website that supplies any additional information.
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Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Grants for painting, sculpture or printmaking that have been seriously active for 10 years
http://gottliebfoundation.org/grants/emergency-grant/
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AAC Emergency fund listingmultiplehttps://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs
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Dramatists Guild grantindividual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwritershttps://dgf.org/programs/grants/grants-for-writers
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CERF+ Artist Safety Netmulti disciplinehttps://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/
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AGMA Relief Fundmembers of the AGMAhttps://agmarelief.org/
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Queer Writers of Color Relief FundQueer Writers of Color
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4u-9VX5bQZrdt3H-wO99UPb8e_k4r3dy0A3wf8eoG3E-2sw/viewform
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Musicaresmusicianshttps://www.grammy.com/musicares
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Sweet Reliefmusicians/music industryhttps://www.sweetrelief.org/news/covid-19-what-were-doing
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Bluegrass Trust Fundbluegrass musicianshttps://ibma.org/bluegrass-trust-fund/
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Jazz Foundationmusicianshttps://jazzfoundation.org/
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Equal Soundmusicianshttps://equalsound.org/project/corona-relief-fund/
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3Arts Awards Resources - has many linksmultiple
https://3arts.org/resources/funding/?fbclid=IwAR1iHGiTYEV1zzSQoo4eWRoiQMqMX8D4A4jxiq05B9ZbKk7QCXqrZuTZEUM
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Season of Concerntheatrehttps://seasonofconcern.org/
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I Lost My Theatre Gigstheatrehttps://airtable.com/shrDPWrV7kk031WGf
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