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March 1, 2021
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This conference is sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) and co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, La Alianza, and Mayor Cooper’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Join us for a discussion on environmental and climate justice with Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE. Following prepared remarks by Yeampierre, the event will be guided by an extended Q&A session with questions from Vanderbilt University Law students.

Elizabeth Yeampierre, an internationally-recognized Puerto Rican attorney of African and Indigenous ancestry, is the executive director of UPROSE—Brooklyn's oldest Puerto Rican community-based organization. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance and co-founder of #OurPowerPRnyc, a community-led initiative of the Puerto Rican diaspora guided by the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing.

Yeampierre’s environmental and climate justice work has been featured in numerous books and media outlets, and she was recently featured in the New York Times as a visionary paving the path to climate justice. She was also named to Apolitical’s list of the “Climate 100: The World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy,” and selected as the opening speaker at the Obama Administration’s first White House Forum on Environmental Justice.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Register at http://vanderbi.lt/envjustice.

 

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March 2, 2021
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An ELI Public Webinar

In the wake of last summer’s racial reckoning, a multitude of companies, non-profit organizations, and others have released statements promoting racial justice. Organizations that had been previously silent on issues stemming from and connected to racial injustice began speaking out about the importance of anti-racism and structural change.

These statements of solidarity became nearly ubiquitous in the environmental sector. Traditionally white-led environmental organizations advocated for justice and equity by explicitly condemning white supremacy, police brutality, and environmental racism. Although this shift is commendable and necessary, demonstrated and quantifiable actions are required to underpin such statements.

What actions can organizations in the environmental sector take in order to actualize the principles they have vocally supported? How can organizations take accountability for and begin rectifying historic complicity in the exclusion of black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) from their staff and leadership? How do we evaluate the success of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) efforts? How can organizations collaborate with grassroots and community leaders to strengthen this shared work towards a more equitable, just, and environmentally-sound future? Join ELI and a panel of experts to explore these questions and opportunities for deeper and better engagement in light of the renewed national focus on racial injustice.

Panelists:
Emily A. Collins, Executive Director & Managing Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, Moderator
Marianne Engelman Lado, former Visiting Professor, Douglas Costle Chair in Environmental Law, and Director, Environmental Justice Clinic, Vermont Law School; Lecturer, Yale University School of Public Health; and Lecturer, Yale School of the Environment
Philip McAdoo, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Earthjustice
Theodora Okiro, Senior Policy Associate – Midwest, Nexamp
John Pendergrass, Vice President, Programs & Publications, Environmental Law Institute
John Minode’e Petoskey, Associate Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)

Materials:
ELI members have subsequent access to any materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

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March 8, 2021
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Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.

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Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • City & County of Honolulu v. Sunoco -- federal district court's remand of case to state court
  • Juliana v. US -- Ninth Circuit's denial of en banc petition
  • Aji P. v. State -- Dismissal of youth lawsuit against State of Washington
  • Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic v. Bureau of Land Management -- Continuation of temporary injunction on construction activities at National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska
  • Minnesota Auto Dealers Association v. Minnesota -- Dismissal of lawsuit seeking to block state from regulating GHG emissions from motor vehicles
  • Jacob v. Bloom Energy -- Shareholder lawsuit concerning clean energy claims
  • Interim Social Cost of Carbon
  • New climate legislation introduced in the House
  • The policy debate around vehicle emission standards

Speakers:
James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown University Law Center
Michael Gerrard, Founder and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

Materials:
ELI members logged on to the Members site will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.


ELI Monthly Climate Briefings are made possible by the
generous support of our institutional members.


NOTE: This call/recording is for ELI members only. No comments may be quoted
or used without the express written permission of ELI and the panelist.

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March 9, 2021
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An ELI Member Webinar Co-Sponsored by DC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Community and Women in Government Relations' Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task-Force

Despite the existing tension between trade pacts and global environmental rule of law, environmental side agreements (ESAs) of bi- and multi-lateral trade pacts have created a unique mechanism for environmental enforcement: citizen submissions reviewed by a commission or Secretariat. By empowering citizens to contribute to the oversight of trade-related activities, these citizen submissions have the potential to increase accountability for environmental harm around the world.

The process for submissions on environmental matters widely varies across different trade pacts, ranging from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to that of Secretariats including the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, and the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. As the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) significantly amended NAFTA in July 2020, this webinar will assess the impacts these changes have had on the environment and explore opportunities to advance the role of citizen submissions in strengthening the environmental rule of law.

Join the Environmental Law Institute and expert panelists for an engaging dialogue focused on the heightened importance of citizen submissions in global environmental enforcement, the impact of transitioning from NAFTA to USMCA on the environment, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Panelists:
Lee Paddock, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute, former Associate Dean, Environmental Law Studies, George Washington University Law School, Moderator
Linda Allen, Independent Researcher, Routledge
Lisa Goldman, Acting Assistant General Counsel, International Environmental Law Practice Group, Environmental Protection Agency
Paolo Solano, Director, Legal Affairs and SEM Unit, Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America
Jeff Todd, Associate Professor, Texas State University

Materials:
ELI members have subsequent access to any materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

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March 11, 2021
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An Environmental Law Institute Women in Environmental Law and Leadership (WELL) Event

What does career advancement look like for women in government pursuing environmental careers? Join ELI’s Women in Environmental Law and Leadership (WELL) initiative and expert panelists to explore pathways to government appointments and jobs in environmental protection, including career, political appointments and senate confirmed positions.

We are excited to host this WELL event on Remo, a unique virtual event and networking platform. After our panel discussion, all participants will have the opportunity to freely move around a virtual room and engage with other attendees at multiple tables.

Panelists
Adena Leibman
, Senior Oceans Policy Manager, Environmental Defense Fund, Moderator
Alexandra Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts LLP and former Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP and former Chief of Staff and Former Region 4 Regional Administrator, USEPA
Catherine McCabe, former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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There were no materials for this event.

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March 15, 2021
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An Environmental Law Institute & National Advertising Division of Better Business Bureau (BBB) National Programs Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

Green marketing – the practice of advertising products as environmentally safe or even eco-friendly – has become seemingly ubiquitous as companies vie for consumers who increasingly value sustainability. In 2018, ELI convened experts and participants for "Green" Claims: Is Environmental Marketing Meaningful or Misleading? and leading panelists explored the growth of green marketing and its influences on consumers’ purchasing decisions, as well as issues of truthfulness and accuracy in such claims, especially in regards to “green washing.”

This past year has proved substantial in the scope and number of claims brought before The National Advertising Division of the BBB National Programs (NAD), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory forum. From third-party certifications, to non-toxic claims, to biodegradable claims, NAD has addressed a wide breadth of environmental marketing claims in the last year. These cases provide valuable guidance to industry and stakeholders alike on how to avoid greenwashing and other problematic forms of green marketing.

Join ELI, NAD, and expert panelists as they highlight the key points emerging from these cases, insights on how to approach the development and substantiation of environmental advertising, and an exploration of sustainability initiatives on the micro and macro levels.

Panelists:
La Toya Sutton, Attorney, National Advertising Division, Better Business Bureau (BBB) National Programs, Moderator
Candace Sady, Chief Marketing Counsel, North America, Colgate-Palmolive
Robert White, Director and Assistant General Counsel - Fabric Care, Procter & Gamble

Materials:
ELI members have subsequent access to any materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

March 18, 2021 - March 19, 2021
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This conference is co-sponsored by Environmental Peacebuilding and the Environmental Law Institute.


This three-event series includes a conference, policy dialogue, and conversation with Colombian judiciary members. During the three events, participants will examine ways to improve environmental governance and legality of natural resource management to support peace in Colombia, focusing on four overarching sets of questions:  / Este evento con tres partes incluye una conferencia, un diálogo político y una conversación con miembros de la judicatura colombiana. Durante estas tres partes, los participantes examinarán maneras para mejorar la gobernanza medioambiental y la legalidad de gestión de recursos para apoyar la paz en Colombia. Los discusiones se centrarán en las siguientes preguntas:

  1. In the context of natural resources and peace in Colombia, what do legality and environmental rule of law mean? How can legal regimes protect both the environment and communities? / En el contexto de los recursos naturales y la paz en Colombia, ¿qué significa legalidad y estado de derecho ambiental? ¿Cómo pueden los regímenes legales proteger tanto el medio ambiente como a las comunidades?
  2. What laws, institutions, and practices are working, and which need to be revised?  How? / ¿Qué leyes, instituciones y prácticas están funcionando y cuáles necesitan ser revisadas? ¿Cómo?
  3. What are the priority next steps for managing Colombia’s natural resources to support the transition to peace? / ¿Cuáles son los próximos pasos prioritarios para la gestión de los recursos naturales en Colombia para apoyar la transición a una paz duradera y sostenible?
  4. What has been done in Colombia to use natural capital as an instrument for peacebuilding? What has been achieved, what have we learned, and how can this be leveraged? / ¿Qué se ha hecho en Colombia para utilizar el capital natural como instrumento de construcción de paz? ¿Qué se ha logrado, qué hemos aprendido y cómo se puede aprovechar?

Participants will explore these themes through four main tracks: / Los participantes explorarán estos temas a través de cuatro (4) ejes temáticos:

  1. Land and forests / Tierras y bosques;
  2. Extractives (oil, gas, and minerals) / Extractivos (petróleo, gas y minería);
  3. Climate change / Cambio climático;
  4. Justice/environmental rule of law / Justicia / Estado de derecho ambiental

Registration
Agenda
Scientific Committee
Logistics

Please visit the event page for the latest information.

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March 18, 2021 - March 19, 2021
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This conference is co-sponsored by Environmental Peacebuilding and the Environmental Law Institute.


This three-event series includes a conference, policy dialogue, and conversation with Colombian judiciary members. During the three events, participants will examine ways to improve environmental governance and legality of natural resource management to support peace in Colombia, focusing on four overarching sets of questions:  / Este evento con tres partes incluye una conferencia, un diálogo político y una conversación con miembros de la judicatura colombiana. Durante estas tres partes, los participantes examinarán maneras para mejorar la gobernanza medioambiental y la legalidad de gestión de recursos para apoyar la paz en Colombia. Los discusiones se centrarán en las siguientes preguntas:

  1. In the context of natural resources and peace in Colombia, what do legality and environmental rule of law mean? How can legal regimes protect both the environment and communities? / En el contexto de los recursos naturales y la paz en Colombia, ¿qué significa legalidad y estado de derecho ambiental? ¿Cómo pueden los regímenes legales proteger tanto el medio ambiente como a las comunidades?
  2. What laws, institutions, and practices are working, and which need to be revised?  How? / ¿Qué leyes, instituciones y prácticas están funcionando y cuáles necesitan ser revisadas? ¿Cómo?
  3. What are the priority next steps for managing Colombia’s natural resources to support the transition to peace? / ¿Cuáles son los próximos pasos prioritarios para la gestión de los recursos naturales en Colombia para apoyar la transición a una paz duradera y sostenible?
  4. What has been done in Colombia to use natural capital as an instrument for peacebuilding? What has been achieved, what have we learned, and how can this be leveraged? / ¿Qué se ha hecho en Colombia para utilizar el capital natural como instrumento de construcción de paz? ¿Qué se ha logrado, qué hemos aprendido y cómo se puede aprovechar?

Participants will explore these themes through four main tracks: / Los participantes explorarán estos temas a través de cuatro (4) ejes temáticos:

  1. Land and forests / Tierras y bosques;
  2. Extractives (oil, gas, and minerals) / Extractivos (petróleo, gas y minería);
  3. Climate change / Cambio climático;
  4. Justice/environmental rule of law / Justicia / Estado de derecho ambiental

Registration
Agenda
Scientific Committee
Logistics

Please visit the event page for the latest information.

March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 24, 2021
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The Circular Economy is rapidly gaining traction as a means to design and build more sustainable and lower carbon businesses. This session, moderated by John Lovenburg, Vice President for Environmental at BNSF Railway, will begin with a summary of key concepts including closed-loop supply chains and the upcycling of materials. A roundtable discussion of expert panelists will provide insights on innovative waste-to-product businesses, and illuminate the need for a revamped sustainability-focused legal and policy framework.

Panelists:
John Lovenburg
, BNSF Railway
Paul Hagan, Beveridge & Diamond
Rick Leahy, Walmart
Lauren Phipps, GreenBiz
Mathy Stanislaus, Global Battery Alliance

March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 16, 2021 - March 30, 2021
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Why Western Boot Camp? Join us for a stimulating three-day immersion in environmental law at Western Boot Camp. Designed for new and seasoned professionals, this intensive course explores the substance and practice of environmental law. Further details here.

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March 31, 2021
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An ELI Member Webinar

Industrial agriculture accounts for more than 24% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and animal waste, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other agricultural inputs and byproducts are significant sources of water pollution. The agricultural industry, which has placed an increased emphasis on sustainability and efficiency, has largely done so by incorporating new technologies. New and emerging technologies including drones, green sensors, information-based precision agriculture software, and more, could provide the agricultural sector with invaluable real-time data to improve crop-yields and potentially reduce environmental impacts. These technologies may be revolutionary tools to mitigate environmental harms associated with the agricultural industry including improved water conservation, limiting erosion, reducing fertilizer levels in local bodies of water, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, among other potential benefits. However, realizing the environmental benefits of these technologies ultimately lies with how quickly and easily they can be incorporated in the industry.

What are the opportunities for and obstacles to incorporating these technologies to become mainstream in agricultural operations in the United States? What are the best practices for interested stakeholders to incorporate these new technologies into the agriculture industry? What are the advantages of utilizing emerging technologies in the agricultural industry compared to alternative sustainable practices such as organic farming, non-chemical pest control methods, and polyculture farming? Panelists will delve into these questions and explore the potential opportunities and challenges for incorporating emerging technologies to increase the sustainability of agricultural practices. Join ELI and leading panelists as they delve into the emerging green technology for the future of agriculture.

Panelists:
Matthew Nanney, Mobile Technology & UAS Manager, Technology Services, AECOM, Moderator
Manojit Basu, Ph.D., Managing Director, Science Policy, Sustainability, CropLife America
Karen Ellis Carr, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
Ankita Raturi, Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University

Materials:
ELI members have subsequent access to any materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

 
 
 
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