In case you missed our first installment of our Speakers Series w/ Congresswoman Donna Shalala - COVID-19: Federal Response and Assistance, you can view the webinar here and slides with Federal resources here. A big thank you to our Champion Congresswoman Shalala for kicking the series off.
Join us for the next installment of the Speaker Series on Monday, April 6th at 4 pm with Commissioner David Richardson. Click here to RSVP.
This is a tough time for all. Nonprofits throughout the world are going to take an unprecedented financial hit. With the postponement of SAVE’s Champions of Equality Awards and other community events like Miami Beach Pride, these are opportunities lost in connecting with our LGBTQ community and allies.
Without these events, we are challenged to continue our fundraising efforts while maintaining our focus on our mission to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
We need leadership in public office, and we will continue our focus on electing pro-equality candidates to ensure our community is protected in public policy. Already we are looking for ways to do our work in innovative ways without losing our focus on what is at stake this year.
Triple your contribution
Through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, we receive a dollar for dollar matching donation. Thankfully, we have a donor that has pledged an additional $50,000. But we can only get this if we are able to raise an equal amount from the community by April 15th.
Want to see your charitable donation to SAVE tripled? Your donation of $25 turns into $75, a $100 gift triples into $300, and a $1,000 donation morphs into $3,000 to help SAVE continue its work at a time when all nonprofits are going to be hit hard during this crisis.
Through the AIDS Health Care Foundation’s Florida AIDS Walk, we are receiving 1:1 matches and right now we have a challenge from a donor who will match all contributions up to an additional $50,000. But we need your help to secure this pledge.
Here’s where we are:
March 23: $50,515
April 15 goal: $100,515
Throughout this period, we will continue to send updates on the status of this campaign. We will also provide opportunities to hear from community leaders through Zoom/Facebook Live town halls. If you have thoughts about topics you’d like to hear about, please let us know.
Yours in service,
Executive Director, SAVE
P.S. The Florida AIDS Walk event has been indefinitely postponed until further notice to a date when it is safe for public gatherings to reconvene. We appreciate that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has remained committed to supporting the nonprofit organizations benefiting from the fundraising efforts.
We hope you are safe and healthy. There’s no doubt our daily lives have been impacted. It is certainly not business as usual despite our transition to work from home. We are bracing ourselves as we continue to understand the full impact of the coronavirus.
We need collective efforts.
The novel coronavirus continues to evolve rapidly, and the course of its future is in our hands. While it’s unclear where things will go next, we do know from epidemiologist that reining in the outbreak requires our collective efforts:
- To stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus
- To support the health system, which includes all the first responders, clinicians, healthcare professionals and public officials by helping reduce the burden and increase the focus on the most vulnerable
Additionally, safeguarding our members is important to us so we are writing you to share information, tips and resources to keep top of mind:
Follow the top recommendations from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging all Americans to[i]:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Self-isolate when you’re sick or suspect that you might be
- Start "social distancing" (essentially, avoiding other people whenever possible immediately
Call your loved ones to check-in and say hello. Your friends and family may need some encouragement from you to stay home and take the pandemic more seriously. Also, they may be experiencing anxiety and isolation during this time. Older adults and people living alone may feel especially isolated and in need of support. Consider using Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Duo or other video technologies to combat the feeling of isolation.
Local news is available through The Miami Herald for free. The subscription requirement has been lifted for all news related to coronavirus so you can follow the latest developments on the virus and how it affects your life in South Florida. Here’s a link to access all the relevant information in one place.
Check out this page from the Miami Herald if you need resources:
We remain committed to our focus on the 2020 elections to make sure we get pro-equality candidates elected. We are especially keen on making sure we do all we can to elect a pro-equality president who can lead and stabilize daily living; and to restore LGBTQ human rights in our country. We will make every effort to use data, scientifically proven methods, and innovative technologies to get out the vote like our life depends on it—because quite frankly it does.
Many thanks for your continuous support of Safeguarding American Values for Everyone. Remember while you are socially distancing yourself, you are not alone. We have banned together many times in the past over local, state, national, and global matters related to our health and human rights. Let’s do it again -- in solidarity with our LGBTQ and allied community.
Yours in service,
Executive Director, SAVE
I wanted to give you an important update. At our monthly board meeting earlier this month, Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) named Jonathan Freidin as Chair and Trelvis Randolph as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for SAVE Inc., the 501(c)4 political advocacy arm of the organization most known for its candidate endorsements and field organizing to get pro-equality candidates elected and legislation passed. The SAVE Foundation, which is the 501(c)3 arm that focuses on raising awareness and providing education on LGBTQ+ issues named Helena Castro as Chair and James Moon as Vice-Chair.
Elizabeth “Liz” Regalado and Brian Adler stepped down from their leadership roles as chairs of SAVE Inc. and the Foundation, respectively, and will remain active as board members. We are grateful for the years of leadership and service that Liz and Brian provided the organizations. Together they saw the organization through major milestones, successes, and challenges for our community and the organization.
Leading up to this change in board leadership, SAVE has announced that its strategic focus for 2020 is community engagement and fieldwork. By focusing on the field, SAVE returns to its core competency on which it has built its reputation and political power through grassroots organizing.
We are ready to put in the work to get SAVE and the LGBTQ community ready for 2020. This year’s elections will have a profound impact on all of us, so our top priorities are to make sure we elect pro-equality candidates and counter the hatred and bigotry coming out of Tallahassee and Washington. To do this, we’ll be activating with an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach, and I hope the entire LGBTQ community and allies will come together and join us.
You can read our new leadership bios below. Please join me in welcoming them to their new positions.
Yours in service,
Executive Director, SAVE
Jonathan Freidin is a trial attorney at Freidin Brown. P.A., where he represents plaintiffs in medical negligence, serious personal injury, and whistleblower/qui tam claims. He earned his college degree summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2009 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2012. Jonathan has served on the SAVE, Inc. Board of Directors since 2018, as well as the Chair of SAVE’s Endorsement Committee. In addition to his involvement with SAVE, Jonathan also serves as the Chair of the Safety, Security, and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Mayor’s Panel on Ocean Drive.
Trelvis D. Randolph is a partner in the Miami law office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. He focuses his practice on all matters relating to general liability litigation, including cases involving claims of personal injury from automobile accidents, slip and fall cases, negligent security, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, nursing home and assisted living facilities malpractice, and retail, restaurant and hospitality industry defense. Mr. Randolph received his Juris Doctor degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at The University of Memphis. In addition to his involvement with SAVE, he currently serves as the President-Elect of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association; and also serves as General Counsel of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP.
Helena Castro has been an educator for almost 25 years in the Miami Dade County Public Schools as a social studies teacher and for the past 14 years as a Student Activities Director. As an educator, she has worked with a diverse population of students and faculty, representative of our rich community, and thus has witnessed the growth in advocacy and representation of our LBGTQ peers. Helena grew up in Hialeah, Florida where she became immersed in local politics and grassroots campaigning. After marriage equality came to Florida, Helena married her wife, Yvette in 2016.
James “Jim” Moon is an attorney who handles a wide variety of complex civil and cross-border litigation matters in both state and federal courts for national and international clients. He has handled all aspects of litigation from inception through trial and appeals to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has litigated matters that include prosecuting and defending foreclosure actions, pursuing contract and tort claims against large financial institutions such as banks and their professionals. Additionally, he has pursued and defended against all manner of fraudulent transfer and preference litigation in both state and federal courts. In addition, Jim represents debtors, panel trustees, official and ad hoc committees and individual creditors in complex bankruptcy cases brought under chapter 11 and chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. As a community leader and activist in the LGBTQ community, Jim serves as Vice Chairman and national board member of “A Wider Bridge,” a national civil rights organization advocating for LGBTQ rights inside Israel and support for Israel among the community of nations. He has also served on the board of the Outshine Film Festival. Furthermore, Jim has been recognized as an advocate for Israel by AIPAC, lecturing and writing about the progressive case for support for the State of Israel. Jim has served on the SAVE board since 2018.