This past Saturday, March 21st SAVE had another hugely successful canvassing event in Miami at Florida International University. We are SO proud of the turn out and we can't wait for the next action!
“I’m here today because I believe in equality and you can’t just believe in something and not fight for it,” said Alex, one of the 40+ excited volunteers that attended the canvass. “What’s the point of believing in it if you’re not going to do something about it?”
We totally agree Alex! That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.
The main purpose of the canvass was to inform voters about the need for protections from discrimination for transgender Floridians, and the danger of proposals like HB 583.
HB583 is a bill currently under consideration in Florida's legislature which criminalizes access to public facilities by transgender individuals. The proposal is ill-informed and mean-spirited, and it works to undo local protections from discrimination for transgender people like the one SAVE helped pass in December 2014.
It all started at around 9:30AM and the volunteers were briefed and taught more about the bill, why they’re there, and how to speak with voters about this cause. SAVE organizers Charo Valero & Justin Klecha were accompanied by organizers Steve Deline, Justine Gonzalez, Ella Barrett, and Virginia Escobar from the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Leadership LAB.
Along with the National LGBTQ Task force, the Leadership LAB has partnered with SAVE this year on a pioneer project aimed at figuring out how to best reach voters when it comes to transgender equality.
The canvassing took place in different parts of Miami -- Coral Gables, The Roads, and Coral Gate. Volunteers went door to door to speak about HB 583 and about how this affects the transgender community in hopes to change the perspectives of voters about what it means to be transgender and why it's important for cities and counties to protect their transgender residents from discrimination.
Canvassers came back at around 3PM. Their hard work had totally paid off and the total results consisted of over 100 conversations with Miami-Dade voters. Way to go SAVE!
Our next transgender prejudice reduction canvass is on Saturday, April 11. Join us!
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came this past Saturday. We’re one step ahead in fighting transphobia. Be sure to share your photos/videos on Twitter and Instagram using #TeamEquality.