Political knowledge is an integral pillar of a true democracy. This resource, which is heavily dependent on accessibility, is unevenly distributed in the current population, a finding that has troubled individuals and institutions working to address the unrest in the political landscape. For the most part, high political knowledge allows a person to make well-informed decisions, hold stable opinions, and pay close attention to any factors that may threaten democracy. More significantly, it is also correlated with correct voting behavior. However, influenced by the advent of social media, the quality of information that exists today has been compromised. Millions of people across the globe are thought to hold incorrect beliefs about politics, science, and medicine. Highly cognizant of this challenge, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation has intensified its efforts in educating communities through its United We Stand Festival.
This widely acclaimed stakeholder is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-partisan organization who has taken on the mission to open the electoral process through education and collaborative action. Founded in 2008 by electoral reform and voters’ rights leader Christina Tobin, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation is guided by the goals of educating voters on local and federal processes and empowering them to get involved in local political discussions. Apart from urging constituents to participate in the political process, this purpose-driven initiative also operates under the objective of inspiring more candidates to run for local, state, and federal office.
Over the years, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation has launched numerous endeavors in line with its overarching mission. It has hosted open gubernatorial, presidential, and senatorial debates, including 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential debates moderated by a roster of high-profile names. A year after its establishment, it started organizing annual electoral reform symposiums uniting intellectuals and experts.
It was in 2014 that the Free and Equal Elections Foundation first introduced the United We Stand Festival. This annual nationwide tour connects younger generations with musicians, artists, and thought leaders in the hopes of encouraging local civic participation and inspiring visionaries to run for office. From July 3 to 4, the seventh UWSF will take place in the beachside town of Cambria, California.
The anticipated festival, which the Free and Equal Elections Foundation will host in partnership with the Brock Pierce Foundation, Open the Debates, and The Independent National Union, will feature over 40 speakers, activists, artists, and musicians, all united under the cause of bringing communities together to take a more active role in shaping and reforming the country’s policies. “At this year’s UWS Festival, attendees will connect face to face with our community sponsors and national thought leaders for networking and coalition-building while giving back to our youth and uplifting our community with music, art, food, and conversation,” shared the strategic minds behind the gathering.
With over three hundred guests expected to attend in-person and thousands to tune in via the live stream, the United We Stand Festival will give the floor to speakers and artists that include Mike Love, Peia, Cas Haley, Samuel J, G. Edward Griffin, Sean Stone, Richard Gage, Cindy Sheehan, Brock Pierce, Keith Mitchell, Karla Ballard and more. Proceeds from the event are set to be donated to Skate Cambria to help fund the rebuilding of their local skate park.
Learn more about the Free and Equal Elections Foundation by visiting its website. If you would like to live stream the event on your Facebook business page, please visit https://www.knekttv.com/contact and add UWS Cambria in the subject line, along with your Facebook page URL.