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We The People Festival to Take OVER L.A. September 27th!
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 2:50PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



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We The People Festival takes over Los Angeles State Historic Park September 27th!

"We the People" is the premiere festival for socially conscious music and people. It is a progressive event that promotes non-partisan, non-violent, environmental and politically conscious views as established through music and dialogue. Including performances from RZA, Les Claypool, Tom Morello, Flying Lotus, DJ Premiere, EPMD and more!

What: We the People Music, Arts, and Cultural Festival
When: Saturday September 27th, 2008
Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street, L.A. CA 90012

"We the People"...The first three words of the United States Constitution. Those three words brought together a new land of freedom and opportunity. Now, those three words will be used to bring together the people of Los Angeles and beyond, by creating America's premiere entertainment & music festival for social consciousness.

We The People Festival began in 2006 in Watts, Los Angeles as a unique environment to bring together socially aware artists and speakers and to give them a platform to reach urban youth. The Festival continued in 2007 with 4,000 + attendees.

Now in its third year, We the People Festival aims to transform social activism by producing the biggest event in its series on the heels of a historic American election. The festival will be held at the Los Angeles State Historical Park (the largest piece of Green land in downtown Los Angeles) and 10-15,000 attendees are expected. This is an event that engages urban youth to take action on issues that affect them socially, culturally and politically in an environment shared with the artists and community leaders they admire and respect.

"As the creator of We the People Festival, I believe passionately that the real power to improve our world rests within the people. By gathering artists, speakers, and all like minded individuals dedicated to making change, We the People can lead to a major social impact." -Orlando Padilla
Performing artists include: Les Claypool, Tom Morello, RZA, Dilated Peoples, Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), EPMD, Suicidal Tendencies, DJ Premier, Z-Trip, Eeek-A-Mouse, Barrington Levy, Bassnectar, Fishbone, Free The Robots, Flying Lotus, B-Side Players, Roots of Creation, Markus James, Look Daggers, and many others.

Guest speakers include: Green Party Presidential Nominee Cynthia McKinney, G.C.N. Network Radio Personality Jack Blood, and American Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan.

At the Festival, attendees can walk around the beautiful 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic park and enjoy many multicultural performances like, Martial Arts, Danza Mexica,Tribal Dancing, and B Boys and B Girls... to name just a few. There is also an international food court where attendees can choose from an assortment of dishes that compliment various tastes and cultures. A kids' corner where children of all ages can enjoy a variety of arts and crafts will occupy a giant tent. Children under 9 are free! There will also be an Art Exhibit entitled "Art is a Hammer" featuring Art by Spectr and Shepard Fairey. Last but definitely not least, a section of the festival is set aside as a non-profit quad where non-profit organizations can share their information and ask for donations without any cost to their organization.

We the People also partners with nonprofits to help make change happen. Festival goers can align themselves with causes they feel passionate about and make a change. Nonprofits benefit by directly connecting with the help and support of the young people they need to reach. Some of the nonprofits that will be involved this year are: Rock the Vote, Chrysalis Project, Self Help Graphics, American Lung Association of California, and many others.

"This festival stimulates social awareness by bringing together some of the world's most fascinating thinkers, artists, and activists. They will all converge on one day for a common purpose: to express raw, uncensored social views that push the boundaries of the norm and encourage tangible results that will improve the quality of life to people around the world" -Orlando Padilla (co-founder of We The People)

This year's We the People Festival has something for everyone. It's not to be missed.

Rock the Vote lends its support to this annual non-partisan event.

* http://www.wethepeoplefestival.com/ *
* http://www.myspace.com/thepeoplefestival *

Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com and all ticketmaster retail outlets.



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