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.
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.
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:
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.
In case you missed it, our last Speaker Series was with attorney and LGBTQ advocate, Elizabeth Schwartz, on Legal Essentials - Planning Around Uncertainty. You can view the video here and the slides here.
Our next Speaker Series is with Miami-Dade Commissioner Eileen Higgins and Florida State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez today, April 27th, at 1 pm. Click here to RSVP.
And 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. Click here to RSVP.
In case you missed our Special Sunday Edition of the Speaker Series, you can view the video here for Self-Care During the Coronavirus Crisis with author and found of Soulful Power Christian de la Huerta.
On Monday, April 27 at 2 pm, we will be joined by Miami-Dade Commissioner Eileen Higgins and Florida State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez for updates on the state and local response to COVID-19. Click here to RSVP.
And on Friday, April 24 at 2 pm, we will be joined by attorney and LGBTQ advocate Elizabeth Schwartz for a session on Legal Essentials: Planning Around Uncertainty. Click here to RSVP.