On July 23, be sure to tune in to We Stand Together, an online concert and special to raise money for arts programs geared toward young people in Oakland—and to voice solidarity against social injustices committed against the Black community.
Hosted by iconic musician Sheila E. and Elevate Oakland, We Stand Together will be broadcast from Yoshi’s in Oakland. The team behind the event believes that art is deeply connected to politics and society, and can be a source of power for those who are marginalized.
The variety special aims to raise $500,000 for the We Stand Together Fund, and will benefit three organizations:
YR Media, located in Oakland, produces of-the-moment content and highlights important stories (in mediums ranging from podcasts and documentaries to museum exhibitions) from a national circle of young artists and journalists.
The Black Lives Matter Foundation prioritizes eliminating violence against Black people and the effects of white supremacy. Funds will be given to its nationwide Arts+Culture project.
Elevate Oakland connects with public schools to bring art and music programs to students through artists-in-residence, student performances with professional musical artists, and in-school music curriculum.
Featured performers and speakers include a slew of current and former locals as well as all-star names from around the country, including George Lopez; Misty Copeland; Mahershala Ali; Dr. Angela Davis; Lynn Mabry; Michael Franti; Ledisi; Tony! Toni! Toné!; Freddie Stone; Dolores Huerta; Damian Lillard; and Sheila E. (among many more).
The free We Stand Together special will air on Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. on YouTube, Facebook Live, and elevateoakland.org/standtogether. Donate at charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/we-stand-together-fund.