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U.T.B. United Third Bridge, Inc., is a civil rights, educational and cultural 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, incorporated in New York City on July 5, 1977.

OUR PURPOSE

As a civil rights, cultural and educational 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;
  • To host events that celebrate the contributions of minorities living in Florida;
  • To establish annual activities designed to celebrate the cultures of different minority groups living in Florida;
  • To establish and maintain scholarships to assist minorities in educational programs.

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.

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 our 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 John A. Rodriguez Memorial Fund for Hispanic American Police Cadets in 1995 at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College) .
  • The establishment of the the Irma Lozada Memorial Scholarship for Hispanic American Corrections and Probation cadets in 1996 at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College).
  • The establishment of the Dr. Ramon S. Velez scholarship for community services at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College).
  • The establishment of the Roberto Clemente scholarship for baseball players at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College).
  • In conjunction with Health First, the establishment of a scholarship for nursing students at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College).
  • The establishment of three additional scholarships in finance, fire fighting and legal assistance at Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College).
  • The establishment of the Maxwell King Education Scholarship at Eastern Florida State College 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.
  • Uniting hispanic minorities by establishing and hosting an annual Miss Latina Pageant in Brevard County.
  • 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, 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 U.T.B. United Third Bridge Inc., and the Chamber.
  • U.T.B. United Third Bridge Inc., along with the help of the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Inc., many community leaders/organizations and the public, was able to finish Phase I and Phase II of the Don Juan Ponce de Leon Landing Statue Project in Melbourne Beach in honor of the 500 year anniversary of the discovery of Florida.
  • U.T.B. United Third Bridge Inc., along with the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Inc., 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 proposed by the Palm Bay City Council.
  • U.T.B. United Third Bridge Inc., along with the help of the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc, successfully petitioned NASA to send the first Puerto Rican Astronaut aboard a shuttle flight on a mission into space. As a result, Joseph M. Acaba, a Melbourne High School teacher was part of Shuttle Discovery crew in 2009.

FUTURE GOALS

  • 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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