News release from SAVE Dade:
SAVE Dade recognizes commissioners and partners for supporting effort to add all-inclusive language to countywide Human Rights Ordinance
MIAMI, FL, August 15, 2013 – In light of the County Commission’s withdrawal yesterday of the proposal to add all-inclusive language to the existing countywide Human Rights Ordinance, SAVE Dade Board Chairman Brian Adler commended Commissioners Edmonson, Barreiro, Heyman, and Jordan for their sponsorship of the amendment.
“The fight to achieve an all-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance that protects everyone in Miami-Dade County is just beginning, but we never could have made it this far without the steadfast, principled support from Commissioners Edmonson, Barreiro, Heyman, and Jordan,” said Adler. “I can’t think of a better group of lawmakers to work with on this issue going forward.”
Adler reserved particular praise for Commissioner Edmonson, who brought the proposal to vote before the Health and Social Services Committee this summer. “Commissioner Edmonson has been with us every step of the way,” he said. “She’s a champion on this issue and a dedicated public servant committed to protecting equality for her constituents and everyone in Miami-Dade County.”
“I am proud to take a stand on the issue of civil rights,” said Commissioner Edmonson, “and I look forward to working with SAVE Dade and our community partners to educate the voters and the commissioners, and to pass this critical proposal.”
The organization also hailed the support of its national partners, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Human Rights Campaign, as well its statewide partner, Equality Florida, and numerous community partners. “Of course, the real soldiers in this battle are the volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors day after day,” Deputy Director Maria Barth noted, “and without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Volunteers have helped SAVE Dade collect over 3200 signatures in support of an all-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. In addition, during over 150 volunteer shifts, they have made over 3300 phone calls to voters and knocked on over 600 voters’ doors. SAVE Dade will continue to work with volunteers as the organization implements an aggressive plan to engage the community on this issue.