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Group to advocate political action

One ant can?t build an anthill, but with an army of ants, such a task is not as daunting. Anthony Brooks understands this concept and said he is using it to make a difference at USF.

Brooks is heading up a new group called the Coalition for Progressive Student Organizations. The group will use collaborative efforts from Amnesty International, NAACP, National Organization of Women at USF, the Green Student Union, College Democrats, Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PRIDE Alliance, Cuba Vive and Africana Studies.

?We are going to combine our efforts and get a lot more done,? Brooks said. ?There is power in numbers.?

Brooks said The Coalition will try to educate students about the actions taken by groups and said the group offers an alternative to Greek Life.

?This gives students who don?t want to join a fraternity another option,? Brooks said. ?But we are targeting students who are more politically minded.?

The Coalition will hold its first event, The Progressive Rush Reception, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Plaza. Brooks said students can expect to hear messages from all the member groups as well as meet community leaders, such as the representatives from the local NAACP chapter.

Nicole Fotovat, president for the College Democrats and NOW at USF, will be speaking at the event.

Fotovat said the rush should encourage more student involvement.

?More people means more power and more action,? Fotovat said.

Contact Ryan Meehanat oracleryan@yahoo.com