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Tomas Kennedy is a Community Organizer at SEIU Florida. Lives in Miami, Florida. From Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2017 Tomas Kennedy was the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Progressive Caucus and a deputy political director of Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes.[1]

Son of Maria Asuncion Bilbao and Mauro Kennedy.

Career/activism

Education

Studies International Relations at Florida International University

FLIC comrades

Thomas Kennedy July 29 2019·

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Our Florida Immigrant Coalition Miami voter registration team is 🔥#Fuerza — with Adriana Granado-Segura, Elizabeth San Martin, Geoff Campbell and Amalia Villafane at Florida Immigrant Coalition.

We don't need more hate in Florida

March 11 2019 at the capitol in Tallahassee a press conference was held against a new law that they want to bring the Republicans and Governor Desantis so that our police and other public employees work with immigration to stop more immigrants.

Several elected officials and people affected by our community spoke against family separation and detention of immigrants.

We don't need more hate in Florida, what we need is a permanent solution!

  1. NoSB168 #WeAreFl
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— with Tomas Kennedy, Carlos Guillermo Smith, Jasmen M. Rogers-Shaw, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Nataly Chalco, Ida Eskamani and Charo Valero.

Celebrating the passage of amendment 4

Tomas Kennedy December 2 2018:

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Miami DSA electoral working group celebrating the passage of amendment 4. #TrySocialism. — attending Miami DSA Amendment 4 Celebration with Matias Buchhalter, Karina Buhler and Bean Blackett at North Shore Open Space Park.

#MetayerForMayor

Tomas Kennedy February 17 2018.

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Out here canvassing for Nancy Metayer. #MetayerForMayor — with Yaquelin Mela Lopez and Carlos Valnera Naranjo in Coral Springs, Florida.

Meeting Tom Steyer

Tomas Kennedy May 1 2018:

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‪It was a pleasure meeting Tom Steyer from NextGen America and discuss with him and amazing community leaders issues affecting our immigrant communities.‬ — with Sharon Kegerreis, Lolalegriamaria Rodz, Erika Grohoski Peralta, Marleine Bastien and Santcha Etienne at Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

CAIR connection

Florida Immigrant Coalition October 13 2018:

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Good conversation tonight with CAIR - Florida, The New Florida Majority and the ACLU of Florida on what advocacy means in these difficult times. — with Tomas Kennedy and Dwight Bullard at Islamic Center of Greater Miami-Masjid Miami Gardens.

Local Progress training

Tomas Kennedy July 21 2018:

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‪Defending local democracy panel with Local Progress, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions and Florida Immigrant Coalition. ‬ — attending Orlando Activist Training on Local Democracy with Jorge Mendoza, Stephanie Porta, Marcus L. Dixon, Francesca Menes and Mel Lopez at Orlando Public Library.

"We fight for racial and economic justice"

Tomas Kennedy January 24, 2018:

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Kind of like The Avengers, except instead of crappy action movies we fight for racial and economic justice. #SWAG — with Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Stephanie Ighodaro, Yulissa Arce, Devin Coleman, Desmond Meade, Stephanie Porta, Andrea Mercado, Isabel Vinent Grimany and Phillip Agnew.

Miami DSA Comrades

Tomas Kennedy, June 10 2018:

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With David Dominguez, Laura Leigh Rampey, Sam Turow, Ron Cox, Dawn Grayson, Gerry V. Dabs, Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones and Matias Buchhalter at Marlins Park.

Supporting Amendment 4

Tomas Kennedy, July 27:

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The crew out with Rep. Keith Ellison supporting Amendment 4. Vote #YesOn4 November 6 to restore the vote for 1.5 million Floridians currently disenfranchised due to racist laws. — with Anmaar Javed Habibinator, Manuel Ernesto Gutierrez and Dwight Bullard at Masjid Al-Ansar.

Gillum supporter

Tomas Kennedy, August 26 2018.

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With Andrew Gillum and Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones of Miami Democratic Socialists of America.

Tomas Kennedy October 13:

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‪Knocking doors today to support Andrew Gillum for governor and Amendment 4. We have 24 days until election day. Volunteer with FLIC Votes and help us make history. #BringItHome #YesOn4‬

Tomas Kennedy November 4 2018:

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With the next governor of Florida Andrew Gillum. #BringItHome #YesOn4 — attending Latinas Vote: Rally to the Polls at Shenandoah Miami-Dade Public Library.

Supporting Jose Javier Rodriguez

Tomas Kennedy, April 4 2018;

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‪The real progressive in the CD27 race is Jose Javier Rodriguez! Whether he is fighting against electricity monopolies like FPL, standing up for immigrants, protecting our environment, or defending labor unions, he can be counted on to be on the right side of the issues. Vote for him.‬ — attending Miami for Jose Javier: Fundraiser and Volunteer Kick-Off with Patrick Hidalgo, Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones, Maria Asuncion Bilbao and Mahrye Perez at 1306 Miami.

Velasquez connection

Tomas Kennedy November 2 2018:

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With Rep. Nydia Velazquez supporting my friend Robert Asencio in his reelection campaign! — at CWA3122.

Gillum's Miami comrades

Andrea Perez August 13 2018.

I had the opportunity to meet mayor Andrew Gillum last year. We had a great conversation about the future of our state and his campaign for Governor.

He is the most progressive candidate on the democratic primary. He embraced Bernie’s Medicare for All plan and believes that healthcare should be a fundamental right, not a privilege. His platform also includes criminal justice reform, rebuilding o... See More

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— with Tomas Kennedy, William Byatt, Erika Grohoski Peralta, Zenia Perez, Andrew Gillum and Geoff Campbell.



Tomas Kennedy

Gillum supporters

Norman Whyte, February 7 2018;

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I feel greatly appreciated by what Mayor Andrew Gillum said in his personal letter of gratitude for my contribution of doing the first ever successful Gubernatorial event of this magnitude in Homestead and South Dade. Thank you — with Ted Victor, Deltravis Lamont Williams, Councilman Johnny G. Farias, Eugenise Mompremier, Lourdes Diaz, Dianna Stafford Anderson, Kionne L. McGhee, Rubiett Jenkins, Aaron McKinney, Jennifer Leslie, Tomas Kennedy, Denzel D. Burnside III, Percy Johnson and Sajan Francis Kurian.

Win Justice Community Organizer Training

Melissa Morales July 31, 2018:

Win Justice Community Organizer Training 2018! Because you can't save the world alone.

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  1. WinJusticeLeague — with Irwin Cineus, Tomas Kennedy, Charles Ridley, Jackie Jahosky, Julio Calderon, Candice Fortin, Erika Grohoski Peralta, Jacquelyn Estinfort, John Muhammad, Ashley Green, Jabaar Edmond, Meghan Cottrell, Siottis Jackson, Luis Cerros, Petar Marinov, Angie Nixon, Christian Gonzalez-Orbegoso, Laura Goodhue, Hal Gentil, Laura Hernandez, Lauren Brenzel and Amy Busefink.

Steering Committee

Miami DSA August 2018

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Please give a warm welcome to the incoming Miami Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee. We’re excited to see where the next year will take us. 🌹 — with Karina Buhler, Matias Buchhalter, Tomas Kennedy, Lily Ostrer, Christian Ortiz Matallana and Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones.

Florida comrades

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Francesca Menes, June 11 2016, with Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Umi Selah, Tia Oso, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Alana Greer, Marleine Bastien, Meena Jagannath, Eel Kat, Esi Fynn-Obeng, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Ruth Jeannoel, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Tomas Kennedy, Natalia Jaramillo, Maria Rodriguez, LiLi Bach, Trina Jackson, Marcia Olivo, Daniel Agnew, Francois Alexandre, Karla De Anda, Valencia Gunder, Donald Anthonyson, Opal Ayo and Hulya Miclisse-Polat.

Eileen Higgins supporters

Tomas Kennedy May 20 2018.

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‪Just voted for Eileen Higgins in the Miami-Dade County Commission District 5 election! Today is the last day to vote early and election day is Tuesday. Go vote!!‬ — with Alana Greer and Luisana Perez-Fernandez at Shenandoah Miami-Dade Public Library.

People's Lobby

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Tomas Kennedy - first meeting of the People's Lobby — with Michael Wanek, Stephen Gonzalez, Nicolle Brito, Erin Berry, Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Daniela Martins, Matias Pareja and Bret Berlin at New Florida Majority, November 2016.

Latino comrades

Tomas Kennedy April 28 2018:

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With Lorena Tevalam, Nery Lopez, Jose Luis Santiago and Maria Asuncion Bilbao at 1776 NW 28th St, Miami, FL 33142, United States.

Miami Workers Center supporters

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Miami Workers Center - Tomorrow is #GiveMiamiDay! Now more than ever we need your contribution so we can keep working in 2017 to demand local policies that protect Miami's women, girls and femmes.

We need you! Starting tonight at midnight, please consider giving to the Miami Workers Center here: — with Nilu Choudhury, Tomas Kennedy, Cindy Wiesner, Julia Dawson, Serena Perez, Luisana Perez-Fernandez, Karla De Anda, Julia Daniel, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Gihan Perera, Hashim Benford, Marcia Olivo, Sarai Portillo, Camilo Mejia, Maria Rodriguez, Andrea Mercado, Daniela Saczek, Carla Hansack, Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Trenise Bryant, Natalia Jaramillo, Viviana Ivalo, Miami Girls Foundation and Move to End Violence.

Canvassing for Dwight Bullard

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Tomas Kennedy canvassed for Dwight Bullard in 2016.

1ra Asamblea De Trabajadoras Del Hogar

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Miami Workers Center June 28, 2016 circulated an ad for 1ra Asamblea De Trabajadoras Del Hogar;

If you clean houses or do you babysit in South Florida, it's time to learn about your rights! Sign up for free at the 1ra Asamblea De Trabajadoras Del Hogar-1st Domestic Workers Assembly in Miami next Saturday 23th of July

T. Claudia Gonzalez, Ale Sau, Natalia Jaramillo, Patricia Sosa, GuadaLupita De La Cruz, Rosana Araujo, Paula Munoz, Amrry Gonzalez, Adrian Madriz, Maria Rodriguez, Isabel Vinent Grimany, Paola Calvo Florido, Tomas Kennedy, Ada Bermejo, Andrea Mercado, Agua Panela, Serena Perez, Francisco Pitico Portillo, Viviana Ivalo, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Claudia de Anda, Cynthia Selene Hernandez, Rita Mendez, Ivan Parra, Dian Y. Alarcon, Candy Ironworker, Jacqui Carmona, Jeanette Smith, Yaquelin Mela Lopez, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Marcia Olivo, Mauro Kennedy, Laura J. Lopez-Coache, Bertha Sanles Wilson, Daniella Levine Cava, Julio Calderon, Elbert Garcia, Helene Villalonga, Karla De Anda, Jonathan Fried, Levis Torres, Kathy Bird Carvajal, John De Leon, Luisana Perez-Fernandez, Armando Carrada, Sarai Portillo, Saul Aleman, Maria Asuncion Bilbao and Latina Comunica.

Miami Peoples Climate March

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Cece Lia circulated an October 9, 2016 meme about the Miami Peoples Climate March

PLEASE SHARE: Join us for the People’s Climate March October 23rd at 1:00! http://bit.ly/miamipcm16 #ResilientMiami #PeoplesClimate #ActOnClimate — with Sam Van Leer, Rachel Collins, Drey Aradanas, Bruce Stanley, Glo Ruiz, Danielle Steele, Cynthia Selene Hernandez, Tomas Kennedy, Gladys Harlow, Natalia Arias, Jack Lieberman, Zelalem Negussie, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Pablo Terraza, Becca Pelham, Camilo Mejia, Sarah Younger, Michelle Allen, David McDougal, Umi Selah, Andrea Nunez, Jason Dilan, Andrea Going Green, Elizabeth Marie Taveras, Pete Gonzalez, Kaydrianne Young and Alex Rosales.

Badasses of the revolution

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Andrea Perez October 19, 2016 ·

...Me & Some badasses of the revolution

Last Sunday we hosted our first Democracy Spring South Florida training & I wanted to take a moment to thank the awesome National DS team for coming to Miami and making it extra especial, Kai, Justin & Sarah ❤ you b a d a s s e s are an inspiration, I am beyond thankful.

... See More — with Tomas Kennedy, Kai Newkirk, Maria-Victoria Ramirez, Sarah D'Agostino, Ernesto Medina, Dawn Grayson, Pj Espinal and Justin Jacoby Smith in Miami, Florida.

"Calling all Dreamers"

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Latina Comunica issued a November 30, 2016 call;

What's going to happen with DACA and DREAMers after Trump? Come get informed and invite your friends!!! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/378329962503000/ — with Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Dian Y. Alarcon, Adriana Martinez, Jeanette Smith, Armando Carrada, Tomas Kennedy, Saul Aleman, Carloss Roberto A, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Yaquelin Mela Lopez, Rita Mendez, Isabel Vinent Grimany, Cata Santiago, Bertha Sanles Wilson, Viviana Ivalo, Diego Ramirez, Aldo Martinez, Natalia Jaramillo, Elbert Garcia, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Francesca Menes, Mauro Kennedy, Maria Rodriguez, Luisana Perez-Fernandez, Karla De Anda, Diego N. Sanchez, Marcia Olivo, Rosana Araujo, Ivan Parra, Helene Villalonga, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Claudia Saucedo, Tomas Elias Pendola Biondi, Roberto Benavides, Paola Calvo Florido, Agua Panela, Julio Calderon, Paula Munoz and Jonathan Fried.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those saying they would attend, on Facebook included Tomas Kennedy.[2]

Comrades

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Erika Grohoski Peralta, January 11 2017; ·

With Carlos Jesus Calzadilla Palacio, Allan AJ Nichols, Dwight Bullard, Julian Ospina, Stefano Pena, Geoff Campbell, Sanjay Patel, Zenia Perez, Victor Nieto, Dawn Abate, Deltravis Lamont Williams and Tomas Kennedy.

Florida comrades

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Francesca Menes, June 11 2016, with Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Umi Selah, Tia Oso, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Alana Greer, Marleine Bastien, Meena Jagannath, Eel Kat, Esi Fynn-Obeng, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Ruth Jeannoel, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Tomas Kennedy, Natalia Jaramillo, Maria Rodriguez, LiLi Bach, Trina Jackson, Marcia Olivo, Daniel Agnew, Francois Alexandre, Karla De Anda, Valencia Gunder, Donald Anthonyson, Opal Ayo and Hulya Miclisse-Polat.

Shifting South Florida politics

Tomas Kennedy is a 26-year-old, who serves as the deputy political director of the immigrant rights group Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Kennedy has developed a reputation as one of the leading voices of South Florida’s burgeoning new Left. It’s a burst of progressivism that even Kennedy finds surprising in a region famously associated with Cuban-immigrant-led Republicanism.

In addition, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is growing in South Florida, with 100 members in Miami and another 100 in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Kennedy is a Democratic Socialists of America member.

Perhaps most significant is the advent of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Progressive Caucus, formed by former Bernie Sanders supporters who sensed an opening after the 2016 election. Kennedy was one of the main organizers for Sanders in South Florida; his evident leadership and his activism made him the easy choice to chair the new caucus. It now has 80 members.

“There needed to be a surge of fresh energy [in the county Democratic Party],” Kennedy says. “I’m not a strong partisan person, but it was like, ‘Okay, this side is clearly the best vehicle for change that we’ve got.’ ”

Kennedy’s personal background is closer to the more heterodox half of the current wave of South Florida immigrants—in other words, the ones more liberal than the largely conservative Venezuelan tidal wave that is also arriving in the Magic City.

He came to the United States with his parents from Argentina at the age of 10, fleeing that country’s 1998-2002 economic crisis. With his precarious immigration status and his parents’ interest in politics, Kennedy grew up attuned to political discourse, and became part of the Dream Act movement (and gained his citizenship last year). But he was launched into activism in earnest in 2015, after his father developed crippling arthritis in his legs. Lacking insurance, an operation was performed only thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and a kind doctor.

The experience was searing enough that Kennedy says he decided to devote himself to improving the lives of the marginalized in South Florida. He started in an official capacity at FLIC earlier this year after spending several years as an organizer with SEIU and working for progressive democratic state senator Josee Javier Rodriiguez.

Kennedy balances his duties at FLIC with running the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. After Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle decided not to bring charges against corrections officers in the death of Darren Rainey, a developmentally challenged inmate who was burned alive in a shower, the caucus demanded the party censure her. After waiting months to get a quorum to vote, they easily won it.

“We literally made their lives miserable every time they had a meeting—we showed up with signs like, ‘No, you’re not going to get away with it, if you’re going to pull these shenanigans you have to clean it up afterward.’ ”

The caucus was also instrumental in Democrat Annette Taddeo’s victory in a special election to fill a state House seat vacated by a three-term Republican.

“We felt that Annette was very open minded, willing to listen to the grassroots, and very receptive to our concerns,” he says.

The caucus also worked with the party to draft a resolution supporting the extension of the government’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for qualified immigrants and creating a permanent legislative solution for TPS recipients.

The TPS resolution is emblematic of the effort South Florida progressives are making to focus on long-term goals, such as restoring voting rights to felons, rather than on the next election cycle.

“We have had this six-month mentality of, ‘Which election do we have ahead?’ ” Kennedy says.

Knowing South Florida’s political history, Kennedy understands that the Left’s progress won’t reach a critical mass in the short term, but he has no doubt which way the city will ultimately swing. “A total shift in Miami politics is going to manifest itself in the next 10 to 15 years.” [3]

FLIC and allies

Florida Immigrant Coalition April 21 2018:

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Powerful experience and powerful connections with members and guests from Farmworker Association of Florida, YAYA - National Farm Worker Ministry, Florida Student Power Network, QLatinx, UNITE HERE Central Florida, Central Florida AFL- CIO, We Are All America, Organize Florida, FL HeretoStay, SEIU Florida, WeCount, Coqui Language Collective, Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Miami Workers Center, Florida KIDS COUNT and more! — with Aashutosh Pyakuryal, Curtis Hierro, Tomas Kennedy, Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, Mike Thom, Mike V. Cocco, Denise Diaz and Tessa Petit in Apopka, Florida.

"Disaster preparedness plan"

The New Florida Majority, April 23:

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Hurricane Irma proved that South Florida residents, government & physical infrastructure are not prepared for a severe natural disaster. Join your neighbors & community members in creating a disaster preparedness plan for your neighborhood! — with Maru Lanao, Wakumi Douglas, Francesca Menes, Dwight Bullard, Roderick C. Kemp, Isheka Harrison, Jen Janeway, Steven Moreno Jones, Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Nancy Metayer, Richard Way III, Trenise Bryant, Jasmen M. Rogers-Shaw, Tanisha Osorto, Debra J. Toomer, Tomas Kennedy, Kellie Tigertail, Mariama Gregory, Maria-Victoria Ramirez, Emmanuel George, Kizzy Rock, Meena Jagannath, Marcia Olivo, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Eel Kat and Erick On-Sang.

Progressive Democrats

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Erika Grohoski Peralta, January 2, 2017;

With Andrea Perez, Tomas Kennedy, Daniela Martins, Erin Berry, Lexa Lubin, Zenia Perez and Gregory Saint-Jean.

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