Photos: We Stand Together: A Fundraiser for Philando at The Cedar July 17th

This past Sunday, 7/17/16, local musicians came together to raise money for the family of Philando Castile. Following the livestreamed aftermath of Castile being fatally shot by a police officer in Falcon Heights, citizens have taken to occupying the Governor’s Mansion and taking to the streets to call for an end to police brutality.

The show featured Ayvah, BDP, Dem Atlas, Eric Mayson, Fort Wilson Riot, Lydia Liza, Manny Phesto, Mina Moore, Nathan Ejuwa, Nsikak, PaviElle, Prizm, Rich Garvey, TABAH, Tony The Scribe, and ZULUZULUU.  Performing everything from rap, to soul, to spoken word, many artists took time to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and Philando during their sets and played songs that had been inspired by past instances of police brutality.

Per host Sol’s request, the crowd took pause between acts to yell out why they had gathered there, attendees calling out “Philando!” A group of seats to the right of the stage gave space to those who needed a break, whether mental or physical. We Stand Together acted as a space for healing, for remembering, and for community building, raising over $3,000 for the family of Castile.

-Anna Schultz
Cedar Marketing and Content Intern