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).
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.
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,
Executive Director, SAVE
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:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
U.S. House District 23
U.S. House District 26
U.S. House District 27
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 www.save.lgbt/youtube.