Report on the Second Annual United We Stand Fest

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I attended Free and Equal ‘s second United We stand Fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on September 19, 2015. Following is my overdue report.

One of the reasons I waited to review the event is that I was unable to say exactly who was on the stage. Even if I heard the name announced, it was often hard to catch, and some of the names weren’t easy to spell without seeing the name written down. My companion had the same problem. There was no program available to know who was on the stage, or anything about the performers. This was actually the biggest problem that I had with the event–the lack of a program and the ability to know who was still going to speak.

However, now that I’ve looked on search engines for individual videos, which I had hoped would show up by now, I found the program featured in the first link listed below. However, I don’t know if this was issued before the event, or after. I even emailed Christina the next day and asked for a list of speakers, but never heard back.

At about 8:30 (the event was supposed to go until 10), my companion was ready to go. I walked around to see if Jill Stein was still going to speak, but no one knew. Since I had heard from a vendor that Ramsey Clark wasn’t going to show up, and not from the stage, I kind of thought she wouldn’t be there either, so we left.

I’m pleased but embarrassed to say that she had shown up. She speaks in the video posted below at 3 hours, 58 minutes.

Another comment that I have is that I’m not sure some of the performers were clear on what the evening was about. The first part of the program was heavy in New Age-types, who talked about warm-and-fuzzy things like the environment, the need for justice, and so on. These are certainly worthy topics, but no one seemed to tie the Republican or Democratic parties to them, and the fact that third parties might present other solutions.

Richard Winger and Judge Gray also spoke at the event. Their section is at 1 hour, 40 minutes.

I did enjoy myself, and we did see most of the program. I commend Christina for planning such a big event. I hope she considers the evening a success.

Following are some links:

UWST 2015 Program

UWSF-livestream

Here is an interview that was done with Dr. Stein at the event

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I found this article about the first United We Stand Fest while researching for this article. It’s an excellent compilation of last years event.

United We Stand Festival Ignites a Wave of Action Among Independent Journalists and Active Citizens

4 thoughts on “Report on the Second Annual United We Stand Fest

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    There was very little discussion of it before we left, and mostly from Judge Gray and Richard Winger.

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    That’s actually part of the reason we left. We just didn’t feel like we belonged there.

    One of the other things I found disappointing was the lack of any press. Someone videotaped it (or whatever the term is), but I was maybe the only one taking notes. I really couldn’t find anyone to help me with the names. Another reason I was reluctant to write a review is that much of what I felt needed to be said was negative.

    I met half a dozen bloggers and members of the alternative press last year. That was great.This year, there just wasn’t a whole lot going on.

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