Rooted in the belief that change for Black Lives is achieved by the collective investment in initiatives that operate on all scales, the WE STAND TOGETHER Fund aims to pool financial resources for organizations that are operating both at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement and in their own communities to support programs that restore equity for BIPOC individuals by creating space for marginalized voices.
At launch, donations will support several national and local initiatives that center on creative youth services and direct support for the movement to fight for freedom, liberation and justice for Black lives across the globe. Benefiting nonprofits include Black Lives Matter Global Network, YR Media, and Elevate Oakland.
This fund has been created in tandem with the WE STAND TOGETHER Virtual Benefit Show presented by music legend and Queen of Percussion Sheila E. featuring some of the nation’s most legendary artists, activists and community figures as they stand together in support of justice for Black Lives.
The lineup of participating artists and celebrities includes musician Sheila E., musician Ledisi, musician Israel Houghton, actor Mahershala Ali, musician Michael Franti, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, activist Dr. Angela Davis, activist Dolores Huerta, musician Tony! Toni! Toné!, musician Goapele, musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, comedian Jo Koy, musician Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters, musician Lynn Mabry, musicians Pete & Juan Escovedo, comedian Mark Curry, musician Freddie Stone, musician Avery Sunshine, athlete Damian Lillard, actor James Pickens Jr. and musician Stevie Wonder, with more appearances and performances to be announced.
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday July 23rd // 7pm PST
ENCORE RELEASE DATE: Saturday August 1st // 5pm PST
MEET THE NON-PROFIT BENEFICIARIES:
Black Lives Matter Global Network - Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc, is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, they are winning immediate improvements for Black lives. Elevate Oakland is partnering with BLM Global Network to direct funds strategically to their Arts+Culture initiative which seeks to empower and uplift artists and creatives across the nation by partnering with them to create a variety of art activations across the world that promote healing, justice, rejuvenation and awareness surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
YR Media - YR Media, formerly Youth Radio, is an award-winning national network of diverse young journalists and artists from underrepresented communities who create content for this generation. Headquartered in downtown Oakland, CA, they collaborate with aligned partners around the country to amplify music and stories that matter through platforms ranging from podcasts to music festivals to museum exhibitions, documentaries and more. For more than 25 years, YR Media has invested in future generations to build crucial skills in journalism, arts and media, with an added focus on providing onsite wraparound services and access to professional-grade studios and equipment for Oakland youth. YR Media engages 250 Bay Area youth each year, and hundreds more across the country through our national network. Their work, which has reached millions of listeners and viewers, has been featured by NPR, the New York Times,Teen Vogue, The Guardian, the official Instagram corporate platform and more.
Elevate Oakland - Founded by Sheila E., Lynn Mabry, Yoshie Akiba of Yoshi’s Oakland, and Jason Hofmann, Elevate Oakland is a non-profit that provides culturally vibrant art and music programs to Oakland’s youth. Their mission to provide students with opportunities to engage in art and music programming has led Elevate Oakland to partner with public schools to meet a wide variety of needs, ranging from artists in residence programs providing hands-on music curriculum during the school day to facilitating opportunities for students to perform alongside local professional musicians. To date, Elevate Oakland has successfully served over 3,000 youth at over 30 Oakland public schools. Across its programs, the focus is not on creating professional musicians, but instead on utilizing music and the arts as a conduit to get students excited about learning.
Elevate Oakland, an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has partnered with GoFundMe to deliver tax-deductible donations to support those in need. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.