Join us for our virtual gala on August 28 at 7PM, as we celebrate the 2020 Champions of Equality with an inspiring program. This annual event brings together hundreds of political, civic, and community leaders from throughout South Florida who stand for fairness and equality for LGBTQ people. Through the use of a virtual platform, this year we look to engage with an even greater audience of individuals who share our passion and values.
*Registration is free.
Please consider registering with a donation to support the work of SAVE.
SAVE established the Champions of Equality awards in 2005 to honor those who have significantly advanced the cause of equality for the LGBTQ community in South Florida.
2020 Champions of Equality Honorees:
State Representative Nicholas X. Duran
State Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Commissioner Dennis C. Moss
Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez
Hall of Champions
Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis
Dr. Besiki Luka Kutateladze
Dr. Steven A. Safren
Dr. Mario Stevenson
Dr. José Szapocznik
Robin L. Bodiford
This is a huge election year and we want to make sure you have everything you need to be election ready. That's why we've created our 2020 Election Center that has everything you need from checking your voter registration status to signing up to vote by mail to SAVE Action PAC's 2020 Pro-Equality Endorsements. And all of it is one quick website away: www.wevote2020.miami.
Tomorrow, July 20th is the last day to register to vote for the August 18th Primary. Make sure you are election ready. Register to vote and sign up for a vote by mail ballot today at www.wevote2020.miami.
Important Dates for the August 18th Primary:
Voter Registration Deadline - July 20th
Vote by Mail Request Deadline - August 8th
Early Voting - August 3rd - August 16th
Election Day - August 18th
We are excited to announce we have hired Edward Martí Kring as our Community and Field Organizer to further SAVE’s 2020 strategic focus of community engagement and get-out-the-vote. By focusing on efforts to get-out-the-vote, SAVE returns to its core competency on which it has built its reputation and political power through grassroots organizing. This year presents a unique challenge and opportunity with the onset of the coronavirus and the need for social distancing.
This year SAVE will combine the use of social media and traditional approaches in deep canvassing to do its work in getting out the vote. We are looking at innovative mixed-methods in engaging volunteers to connect with voters through safe in-person canvassing, phone banking, and social media. But we can’t do it without your help! Become a SAVE Member today.
We have an urgent invitation for our community, please answer the call to courage before us by joining SAVE in doing the work it takes (safely from home) to elect pro-equality candidates to local and state offices - human rights and our democracy needs us! You can sign up to volunteer here.
Yours in service,
Executive Director, SAVE
About Edward “Eddie” Martí Kring is an FSU Alumnus, lifelong community organizer and human rights advocate. Eddie and his mother escaped the Castro regime when he was six and relocated to Hialeah, FL. At the age of 16, after coming out to his family he survived an episode of homelessness before being adopted by a caring family in Naples, FL who offered him a loving and safe place to call home. Eddie brings to SAVE extensive community organizing experience which began in his early days of student activism in high school and college. His organizing experience also includes statewide coalition building on LGBTQ Equality as well as working to end homelessness in Florida’s Capital City. He enjoys rollerblading, cycling and loves spending time with his two Yorkies, Arjay and Shiloh (who are 13 years young).
Thanks to the generous support of the Freidin Brown, P.A. law firm, SAVE is proud to announce the 2020 Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarships which will provide support for LGBTQ and allied students in South Florida.The Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarships provide financial support to LGBTQ and allied students who have strong connections to the South Florida community and are striving to lead in a field of Social Justice. By offering $25,000 in needed financial support, Freidin Brown, P.A. and SAVE hope to give tomorrow’s social justice leaders the tools they need to excel.We will provide $5,000 in financial assistance to five (5) applicants, totaling $25,000 in scholarship awards.Application Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020Finalists will be requested to join us for a brief interview before the winners are announced. Scholarship winners will be announced on or before December 1, 2020, and scholarships will be funded directly to each winner’s school for the Spring 2021 semester.