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This past weekend thousands enjoyed the Free & Equal sponsored festival, United We Stand. The festival was to promote the idea Americans should have free and equal access to Libertarian Party (LP) and other minor party candidates. The organization was responsible for putting on the popular third party debates moderated by Larry King, during the 2012 presidential election when LP candidate Gary Johnson was excluded from participating with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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The event was meant to educate voters of the merits to include all candidates in future presidential elections and why they should receive equal coverage by the general media. The festival featured music groups such as Public Enemy, Brother Ali, The Siren, Immortal Technique, the Luminaries and many others. Co-sponsors of the event were Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Rock the Vote, KPFK FM radio, Hubert's Lemonade, Rawvolution among others.

Cristina Tobin is the founder and chair of Free & Equal, whose goal is to shift the power back to the individual voter through education. She stated today, "We overcame huge obstacles to make this festival a success. Originally scheduled to be held on the UCLA campus, the festival had to move at the last minute. Supporters blasted the word out, and the crowds came, packing the house. We made the event free and open to the public."

Today, Tobin announced the organization is setting up a crowd funding campaign through IndiGoGo which is to start later today to raise $15,000 over the next 15 days so Free & Equal can hold future festivals. They also hope to use some of the funds raised to develop their mobile app which will be an election assistant to help inform voters of all their choices, not just the Democrat and Republican in future political races. The crowd funding page has not yet gone live, however interested parties can click here to fill out their pledge form.

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