I think it's important to look over how things went in such events as Flag Down. I wasn't there, but I don't see any post specifically for reviewing how things went and what to learn from the operation. So, here's my little outline from afar. Feel free to completely ignore my viewpoints, but I still think a public de-brief, after action review, critique, or whatever you want to call it should be done. This isn't to shame or praise any individuals. It's so the next event can be better. GOOD some great speakers event/protest combination is good Security seems to have worked WHAT COULD MAKE THE GOOD BETTER Have a theme * * * * * * * * * * * * * BAD no press conference acoustics of room not considered you could only see the first speakers' heads (podium too tall) at Minnreg schedule of speakers kept a secret Cursing from some speakers, now forever on important videos HOW TO FIX THE BAD Look at previous such events and learn from them Test things ahead of time (acoustics, podium height) Do a lot of "what if" thinking. Like, what if so-and-so doesn't show up?