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U.T.B. United Third Bridge, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in New York on July 5, 1977.

OUR PURPOSE

As a Civil Rights organization, our purpose is to:

  • To maintain the high standards of integrity, honor and courtesy of its members;
  • To foster a spirit of brotherhood, benevolence, temperance and patriotism among its members;
  • To seek a broad development and expansion of employment for its members;
  • To encourage and actively support the promotion and advancement of minorities;
  • To seek and promote equality amongst its members;
  • To oppose social, ethnic, religious and sexual discrimination of minorities, patent or subtle, whether practiced by employers, trades, employees or fraternal organizations;
  • To promote and encourage the education of minorities seeking entrance and advancement in employment and, whenever possible, to provide appropriate training and counseling opportunities to meet their needs;
  • To establish and continually upgrade a broadened base of communication.

OUR GOALS

Empowerment

Educating the minorities of their rights of Empowerment in government: Local, State, and Federal, by representation through the ballot box, voter registration and voter education.

Education

  • To develop, through education, a working relationship with city, county, state, federal government and the private sector.
  • To improve the quality of life of Hispanic Americans and other minorities.
  • To establish and maintain Scholarships to assist minorities in education programs.

Civil Rights

  • To oppose discrimination based on social, ethnic, religious race or sexual discrimination.
  • To investigate Civil Rights complaints.
  • To mediate Civil Rights inequities.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

U.T.B. has over 200 local members. Some of its accomplishments are:

The establishment of Equal Employment Opportunity Task Forces with Brevard County to evaluate Affirmative Action Plans regarding employment, construction contracting, and purchasing activities of the County and its affects on the minority community. We have also been involved with the County Government assisting in the recruitment of qualified minorities for employment, construction contracting and purchasing.

The establishment of the following scholarships at Brevard Community College:

  1. The John A. Rodriguez Memorial Fund for Hispanic American Police Cadets in 1995.
  2. The Irma Lozada Memorial Scholarship for Hispanic American Corrections and Probation cadets in 1996.
  3. The Dr. Ramon S. Velez scholarship for community services.
  4. The Roberto Clemente scholarship for baseball players.
  5. In conjunction with Health First a scholarship for nursing.
  6. The establishment of 3 additional scholarships in finance, fire fighting and legal assistance
  7. The Maxwell King Education Scholarship at BCC and the University of Florida.

We are continuously working with the Sheriff's Department, City of Melbourne, City of Palm Bay and other localities for the hiring of qualified Hispanic police officers, correction officers and probation officers.

Established an ongoing relationship with the Brevard County School Board in placing qualified Hispanic American and other minorities as teachers.

The annual Miss Latina Pageant in Brevard County uniting and celebrating all Hispanic cultures.

The hiring of the first Puerto Rican reporter at Florida Today's Newspaper.

Established a Puerto Rican/Hispanic community involvement workshop co-sponsored by Florida Today in the areas of: tourist development, affirmative action plan/equal equal opportunity employment plan, labor unions, voter education, post Vieques, naming of schools and street projects.

The establishment of a resolution by the County, School Board, the City of Melbourne and the City of Palm Bay, declaring the month of November as Puerto Rican Heritage Month by celebrating our culture, heritage and the contributions Puerto Ricans have made.

Established the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and purchased a building to house United Third Bridge, Inc. and the Chamber.

U.T.B. United Third Bridge, Inc., the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc., together with the Brevard County Commission, Commissioner Helen Voltz, District 3, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, the Brevard County Historical Commission, Colonel Douglas Peck, Historian, Mr. Frank Thomas, Historian, Ponce Landing Referendum Committee, South Area Advisory Board, the Government of Puerto Rico, Brevard Community College, Banco Popular, Chili's Restaurant, community organizations and the public, was able to finish Phase I and currently is working on Phase II out of IV of the Don Juan Ponce de Leon Landing Statue Project in Melbourne Beach marking the 500 year celebration of the discovery of Florida in 2013.

U.T.B., the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc., together with Our Lady of Grace Church, other churches, community organizations, the Puerto Rican Defense Fund, other community leaders and the public defeated the Anti Immigration Ordinance sponsored by the Palm Bay City Council.

FUTURE GOALS

U.T.B. and the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is petitioning NASA for the first Puerto Rican Astronaut aboard a shuttle flight on a mission into space.

The establishment of a Hispanic section in the Florida Today newspaper.

The naming of a school in Brevard County in honor of the late Roberto Clemente.



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