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2020 Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarships

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, 2020
Finalists 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.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Candidate Forums

In case you missed last week's Miami-Dade State Attorney State Forums with Melba Pearson and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, they are up on YouTube! This is a huge election year and we want to make sure you are informed. You can view Melba Pearson's forum here, and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's forum here.

Black Lives Matter

As we kick off Pride Month, the idea of “celebrating” anything is almost inconceivable. Upon a backdrop of continued violence against the Black community and the events presently unfolding in our nation’s streets, this is hardly a time of joy. Yet I can’t help but be moved by the unbridled cries for change and by the protests energized by hope – and the distinct possibility that this time our voices we will be heard.

Celebrate right now? Perhaps not. Motivate each other? Hell yes!

Today I became a member of the NAACP to kick off Pride month — and I strongly invite you to do something. Do your part right now by helping to end racism and violence directed towards the Black community. The very existence of the NAACP confirms that the struggle still continues for many people in this country.

Just look at the facts. A recent Washington Post analysis reveals that “Black Americans account for less than 13 percent of the population but they are shot and killed by the police at a rate that's over twice as high as for white Americans.”

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community, our diversity spans racial and ethnic identities – and just as much as we hope for people to stand with us in the fight for full equality, we must stand with others experiencing injustice. There is no path to full equality for our community unless we are all liberated.

SAVE condemns any and all violence directed toward the Black community. Today, we mourn the loss of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor — yet the roster of lives lost is massive and it spans years of our country’s history. Every name added to the list is a reminder of our country’s persistent racist legacy.

The current lack of leadership in the White House and the relentless stoking of fear has emboldened white supremacists and other hate-based groups to act at a rate that has brought civil unrest. I hope you also will act today to honor the lives lost.

Allow me to share a list of recommendations of what you can do today – right now. Please do what you can. Though, we also ask that you do three things: (1) register to vote, (2) sign up to vote by mail, (3) vote in August and November for leadership that will help our country address systemic racism and discrimination. 

Please keep safe.

Yours in service,

Orlando Gonzales
Executive Director, SAVE

SAVE's 2020 Federal Election Recommendations

SAVE is proud to announce our 2020 Federal Election Recommendations. This a huge election year and we are so fortunate to have such strong allies running for office. Please join us in supporting:

Former Vice-President
Joe Biden
U.S. President

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
U.S. House District 23

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
U.S. House District 26

Donna Shalala
U.S. House District 27

Miami-Dade Mayoral Forum Recap

This year is a critical election year and last week SAVE had it's Miami-Dade Mayoral Forums with former Mayor Alex Penelas, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, and Commissioner Xavier Suarez. Stay tuned for SAVE Action PAC's August endorsements. You can view the candidates' forums at

SAVE, SAVE Foundation Name New Board Members

Abby Corbett, Michael Larkin, and Pavel Gonzalez named new members to the Board of Directors.

Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) elected Abby Corbett, Michael Larkin, and Pavel Gonzalez to the Board of Directors at its monthly board meeting in April. Ms. Corbett and Mr. Gonzalez will serve on the board of SAVE Inc., the 501(c)4 political advocacy arm of the organization most known for its candidate endorsements, get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts, and field organizing to get pro-equality candidates elected and legislation passed. Mr. Gonzalez has a dual appointment with Mr. Larkin to the SAVE Foundation, which is the 501(c)3 arm that focuses on raising awareness and providing education on LGBTQ+ issues.

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Speaker Series: SAVE Action PAC Endorsements

In case you missed it and you are looking to get involved in the 2020 elections - our last Speaker Series with the SAVE team was on SAVE Action PAC's Endorsements featuring updates on the 2020 elections and a conversation about our endorsement process. You can view the video here and the slides here. You can sign up to be a panelist for our endorsement interviews here.

2020 is a huge election year and we want you to be informed. That is why we are hosting a Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Forum next week. Featuring:

Speaker Series: Commissioner Higgins and Senator Rodriguez

In case you missed it, our last Speaker Series was with Miami-Dade Commissioner Eileen Higgins and Florida State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez. You can view the video here and the slides here.

Looking to get involved in the 2020 elections? Later this week we will have a Speaker Series with the SAVE team on SAVE Action PAC's Endorsements featuring updates on the 2020 elections and a conversation about our endorsement process. This webinar is on Thursday, April 30th at 5 pm. RSVP here.

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