Archive for the 'Politics & Activism' Category


Support the Broadway Coalition Petition Drive

posted August 26, 2014

NOTE: This petition is an initiative of the Broadway Coalition which is solely responsible for processing and managing the results. Sustainable Tucson hosts this online petition drive as a community service. [gravityform id=8 name=Please sign petition here title=true description=true] We want a thriving, vibrant Broadway Boulevard that is a destination for all of Tucson. Local, […]

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Special AUGUST 18th Meeting — Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?

posted August 15, 2014

  Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE? WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY? HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING […]

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ST July Mtg — Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production

posted July 10, 2014

Tucson CAN Have Abundant Urban Food Production Monday, July 14, 5:30-8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Urban agriculture is becoming much more common — in many forms, not just backyard gardens. Voters of Tucson recently adopted a General Plan that […]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center) Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception 6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall […]

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Broadway Coalition: Some Thoughts on Money

posted June 15, 2014

                                               

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What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

posted June 12, 2014

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade by Kurt Cobb Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html   There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected […]

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The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

posted June 12, 2014

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014   It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg.   The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed last week in the […]

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Request to RTA Board — April 25, 2013

posted June 11, 2014

Request to RTA Board April 25, 2013 Honorable RTA Board:     Thank you for my reappointment to the CART as an original member. I continue to be honored to serve the RTA and larger regional community in this role. Having closely followed the Broadway Blvd Project at public meetings and interviews, I want the following comments […]

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Request to RTA Board — April 7, 2011

posted June 11, 2014

  A Request and Proposal to the RTA Board by  Bob Cook,      April 7, 2011   Honorable Board members, I come before you as a planner, engaged citizen, and veteran of many local planning efforts. I was an active participant in the RTA planning process and because of the generous treatment for transit expansion, the […]

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2006 RTA Inflated Traffic and Population Projections

posted June 11, 2014

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Cover of PAG’s 2007 Annual Report shows population projections on steroids

posted June 11, 2014

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BROADWAY COALITION: Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway

posted June 11, 2014

BROADWAY COALITION:  Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway Based on all the facts we have examined and studies available to us, from the RTA as well as from national studies [See our website: https://sites.google.com/site/broadwaycoalition], we have arrived at a set of criteria that should be applied to all alternatives proposed for the Broadway Boulevard […]

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100-Foot Max WIDTH Resource Page

posted June 11, 2014

Broadway Coalition Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd : Pro 100′ width Broadway by Robert Cook Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd: RTA viewpoint by Douglas Mance Follow-up lobby letter to public officials June 9th by Robert Cook It is the width, not the number of lanes: Broadway […]

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RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project

posted June 11, 2014

RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project  By Robert Cook , June 8, 2014 This is the June 8th Sunday Arizona Daily Star Guest Opinion without the Star’s edits. Note the Star’s edited headline is: “8-Lane Roadway No Longer Makes Sense.”   The two-year design phase of the Broadway Boulevard, Euclid to […]

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Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test

posted June 11, 2014

  Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test by Douglas Mance,  Special to the Arizona Daily Star,  June 08, 2014   The last time I addressed the Broadway Corridor Citizens Task Force, I let them know I wanted those dedicated volunteers to succeed in their efforts to come up with a design […]

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ST June Meeting – BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion

posted June 3, 2014

BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies that may overwhelm first responders, and when “sheltering […]

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April 20th: “Welcome the Third Economic Revolution”

posted April 13, 2014

Welcome the Third Economic Revolution A talk on converting from a Consumer Killer Economy to a Sustainable Green Economy by John ‘Skip’ Laitner, featured speaker at Sustainable Tucson’s December 2013 General Meeting. Skip is a Resource and Energy Economist, International Economic Conversion Consultant, and Visiting Fellow to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Hear […]

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ST’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?

posted April 7, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?   Monday, April 14, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)   How much local food can Tucson produce? And how much local water is available to produce it? […]

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ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change

posted March 6, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change Monday, March 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear Nicole Foss, world-renown lecturer and co-creator of […]

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February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

posted January 28, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, February 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation of an emergency event that included a […]

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ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change

posted November 21, 2013

XXXX At Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sustainable Tucson December Meeting: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change This month, Sustainable Tucson brings international expertise and vision […]

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Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?

posted November 17, 2013

Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up? Published by Resource Insights on 2013-11-16 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2013/11/will-real-international-energy-agency.html by Kurt Cobb It was as if the International Energy Agency were appearing on the old American television game show To Tell the Truth last week as it offered a third contradictory forecast in the space of […]

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Loss and Damage @Warsaw: Climate change Conference of Parties 19

posted November 17, 2013

Loss and Damage @Warsaw Published by Daily Kos on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/15/1255756/-Loss-and-Damage-Warsaw by Deborah Phelan The issue of ‘loss and damage’, which at long last mainstreamed at last year’s COP18, is vying for center stage in Warsaw as COP19 participants wrestle with the problems of effectively addressing and financing the irreparable impacts of climate […]

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Three things you shouldn’t miss this week: Energy Crunch: the global picture

posted November 17, 2013

Energy Crunch: the global picture Published by New Economics Foundation on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/energy-round-up-the-global-picture by Energy Crunch staff Three things you shouldn’t miss this week The dwindling emissions budget if we are to limit global warming to no more than 2°C. Graphic: International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2013 Article: Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is […]

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Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy?

posted November 17, 2013

Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy? by Richard Heinberg xxxxxx Published by Post Carbon Institute on 2013-11-12 Original article: http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1949822-who-knew-that-seoul-was-a xxxxxx Did you know that Seoul, South Korea is one of the world’s key sites for post-growth economic re-development? No? Neither did I, until I saw for myself. xxxxxx I […]

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Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts

posted October 20, 2013

at Tucson Association of Realtors conference room,  2445 N. Tucson Blvd   (one block north of Grant Rd)   But, could something like a 2030 District in Tucson help align many efforts to support economic re-generation in our community?    Come join us on: Monday. November 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm  PLEASE NOTE: SPECIAL MEETING LOCATION Tucson Association […]

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When Wealth Disappears: International Banker

posted October 8, 2013

When Wealth Disappears By STEPHEN D. KING Published October 6, 2013,  New York Times   LONDON — AS bad as things in Washington are — the federal government shutdown since Tuesday, the slim but real potential for a debt default, a political system that seems increasingly ungovernable — they are going to get much worse, […]

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ST Oct Mtg: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions

posted September 26, 2013

Sustainable Tucson October Meeting: Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Investing in Local Solar Energy Solutions As Tucson begins planning to reduce its greenhouse gases 80% by 2050, the largest emissions sector (59%) arises […]

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ST September Mtg: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV – Sept 9th

posted August 22, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) ST September Meeting Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part IV Sustainable Tucson’s “Conversations with our Public Officials” series provides Tucson community members the opportunity […]

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

posted July 25, 2013

A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis by Christian Parenti, July 19, 2013 Several strands of green thinking maintain that capitalism is incapable of a sustainable relationship with non-human nature because, as an economic system, capitalism has a growth imperative while the earth is finite. One finds versions of this argument in the literature of […]

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Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports

posted July 25, 2013

Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, […]

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Our Coming Food Crisis by Gary Paul Nabhan

posted July 25, 2013

Our Coming Food Crisis By Gary Paul Nabhan,  Published by the New York Times: July 21, 2013   TUCSON, Ariz. — THIS summer the tiny town of Furnace Creek, Calif., may once again grace the nation’s front pages. Situated in Death Valley, it last made news in 1913, when it set the record for the […]

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Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? – National climate change conference in Tucson – Sep 20-21

posted July 23, 2013

Free lecture Friday evening at the TEP Unisource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson AZ Saturday conference at the Tucson Convention Center (details below) Tucson will be hosting a climate change conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and 35 other local and national organizations. The following […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change

posted July 3, 2013

The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change by Kurt Cobb,    June 30, 2013   The one thing you need to know about President Obama’s plan to address climate change is that the most it will accomplish is slowing very slightly the pace at which the world is […]

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Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!

posted July 3, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic, how the people […]

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ST June Meeting – Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community – Part III – June 10

posted June 2, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Working Together Toward a Sustainable Community Part III Last spring Sustainable Tucson hosted two “Conversations with our Public Officials.” Tucson community members had the opportunity to meet with City public officials to discuss a wide range of sustainability […]

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March Against Monsanto worldwide – and in Tucson at Reid Park – May 25

posted May 21, 2013

Free movie at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ March begins May 25 at 12 noon at Reid Park, 900 Randolph Way, Tucson AZ   May 19 Sunday 1:30 pm – free documentary movie showing and discussion of “The World According to Monsanto” at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road […]

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Building Sustainable Cities – New York Times Conference April 25

posted May 8, 2013

See the online video archive of the entire conference at nytenergyfortomorrow.com ENERGY FOR TOMORROW – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY   THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will […]

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Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People – May 10

posted May 8, 2013

May 2 planning meeting at Unitarian Church, 22nd between Swan and Craycroft May 10 demonstration at Miracle Mile freeway entrance   Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People JOIN US IN A NATIONWIDE ACTION ON MAY 10TH (details below) urging Americans to take the next step in passing a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT which declares that […]

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Pima County Food Alliance – April Meeting – April 29

posted April 24, 2013

at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson AZ   Join the Pima County Food Alliance for our monthly meeting on Monday, April 29 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Sam Lena Library (1607 S 6th Ave, Tucson). April is Native Foods Month at the Pima County Food Alliance! This month we’ll be […]

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Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL

posted April 17, 2013

Click to view/download a pdf of the full report Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL April 16, 2013 A new report out today from environmental groups shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would, if approved, be responsible for at least 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) […]

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100% Renewable Energy – Earth Day Weekend Rally – April 20

posted April 17, 2013

at Tucson Electric Power Headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ (corner of Broadway and Scott, just west of 6th Ave) 100% Renewable Energy: Earth Day Weekend Rally This Saturday April 20 at 10:00 am, the Tucson Climate Action Network continues its campaign to stop TEP’s stockpiling and burning of coal and push ahead with […]

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How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? – Climate presentation at Milagro – May 4

posted April 17, 2013

at Milagro Cohousing, 3057 N Gaia Place, Tucson, AZ Come early for a tour of Milagro at 4 pm. How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? Presentation by renowned climate scientist Dr. Steve Ghan, a Fellow of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Editor-in-Chief of the Atmospheres Section of the Journal of Geophysical Research. […]

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A Fierce Green Fire – A Film and Panel on Green Activism – April 19

posted April 15, 2013

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Join us for a special post-film panel discussion on opening night, featuring local experts in the field of environmental studies! Maria Baier – Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute Roger Clark – Grand Canyon Program Director for The Grand Canyon Trust Paul Green – Executive […]

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Sustainable Tucson Community Fundraising Appeal

posted April 15, 2013

Sustainable Tucson needs your support to continue to present timely, interesting and informative monthly programs. With minimal financial support from the larger community we have provided continuous monthly programs for nearly seven years, drawing particularly on local talent and sustainability leaders. As we increasingly bring in cutting-edge speakers from other cities and regions, Sustainable Tucson […]

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Tucson Time Traders – Tucson’s Local Timebank

posted April 14, 2013

Please see timetraders.metasofa.org for more information on our Timebank orientation meetings and other events. We’re also at Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meetings to give information about timebanking and Tucson Time Traders, and help you sign up online.   TUCSON TIME TRADERS Helping Build Community 1 Hour at a Time Tucson Time Traders is our local Timebank […]

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ST May Meeting – Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change – May 13

posted April 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Food Resilience in the Time of Global Climate Change Almost all the food we eat in Tucson is not grown here. It isn’t even grown in Arizona. Please join us for the […]

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Ask for Transportation Alternatives! – ADOT hearing in Tucson – Apr 12

posted April 11, 2013

at Pascua Yaqui Justice Center – Albert V Garcia Auditorium, 7777 S Camino Huivism, Building C, Tucson AZ ADOT hearing in Tucson – Fri, Apr 12th, 9 AM Ask for Transportation Alternatives! Come to a public hearing and speak in support of transportation options. There will be a hearing in Tucson this Friday, April 12th […]

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Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center – Tucson Bus Riders Union – April 2

posted March 25, 2013

at the Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress Street, Tucson AZ   Community Vision for the Ronstadt Transit Center Music, food, information, and the opportunity to give YOUR input. As downtown development proceeds, what will become of the Ronstadt Center? The City of Tucson has begun a public process aimed at “seeking a qualified development team […]

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Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters

posted March 22, 2013

Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters: An interview with four top climate scientists: Peter Wadhams, Director, Polar Ocean Physics Group, Cambridge University: Natalia Shakhova, International Arctic Research Centre; David Wasdell, Director, Apollo-Gaia; James Hansen, NASA, Goddard Institute. By Nick Breeze, Envisionation, Communicating Climate Change If there is one short video you need to share […]

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