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In May of 1968, a group of Puerto Rican students concerned about their rights and privileges at Brooklyn College organized to deal with these issues.

Working with the African American organizations and progressive whites on campus (who gave our club its name), these students worked hard to make Brooklyn College a better place for Latinos, Blacks and all students in general. SOme of the issues dealt with were: Open admissions, the recruitment of minority student and faculty, the establishment of the Department of Puerto Rican (and Latino) Studies and curriculum, etc.

The Puerto Rican Alliance fought for these rights through massive protests, takeovers and demonstrations. These students were courageous enough to fight, get arrested and shed blood for issues important to them and their people. Because of these students, P.R.A. is still strong and active.

Today, we realize that these tactics are usually no longer necessary; our goals may be met through civic and educational means. Some of our present struggles include equal representation in budget allocations, student body and faculty representaion and abolishing institutionalized racism.

The Puerto Rican Alliance is devoted to the advancement of Latinos through educational, cultural and political awareness.

P.R.A. is dedicated in providing concrete services for all Latinos that will enhance their personal and academic experiences at Brooklyn College.

2005 - 2006 E-Board
President: Yader Alfredo Bravo
Vice President: Paulette Frederique
Treasurer: Erroll "Casper" Williams, Jr.
Secretary: Edwin Caban

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