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originally published: 20/08/2022

Singer-songwriter, producer and advocate MILCK has teamed up with BIIANCO, Grammy winner Autumn Rowe and Ani DiFranco for an urgent new protest song “We will not return,” created in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, constructed from audio recorded during a protest on the steps of the DC Supreme Court.

The new music video, released on August 18, 2022, was directed by Jen Rosentein, who has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Pentatonix and Jennifer Hudson, and features comedian Sarah Rose Hyland (MTV Punk’d, MadTV) together with all the artists who created “We will not return”. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the song will go to Planned Parenthood, SisterSong i Yellowhammer fund. To join their efforts, the artists are inviting others to donate to MILCK’s I Can’t Keep Quiet Fund, housed at the Community Foundation of Louisville, whereby 100% of donations will directly benefit the three named beneficiaries.

With the faces of MILCK and his collaborators superimposed on famous works of art by women throughout history, such as Mona Lisa and Aphrodite., it is an image of strength and unity that implies the effect of major decisions in today’s society, ones that can alter the trajectory of progress forever and set back the efforts of generations of activists with quick political judgment.

“We’re Not Going Back” started in DC the day after Politico leaked Roe v. Wade, which would eliminate the constitutional right to abortion. MILCK participated in a rally where hundreds of people gathered in protest and the cathartic and powerful chant “We won’t go back!” became the resounding anthem.

That night, MILCK took the audio he had recorded of the protests and created a sample that would soon become a song, which he would share on social media, offering the audio to his community with the intention that others would contribute their voices and stories. . “Community is the cure for most problems, and this song was no exception,” says MILCK, who documented the song’s creation and release on social media. See more of her stories on Instagram: @MILCKmusic and Facebook: /MILCKmusic.

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“The process of creating this song embodies one of my favorite Maxine Hong Kingston quotes: ‘In times of destruction, create something,'” adds MILCK. “I hope this song gives people a sense of energy to keep fighting the good fight. I hope it helps people process their anger, their determination and their grit.”

“We Won’t Go Back” is a full-circle moment for MILCK, who became world-famous five years ago for her viral rendition of her song “Quiet” during the Women’s March. “Quiet” became the movement’s unofficial anthem, was named Billboard’s #1 Protest Song, and was selected for NPR’s American Anthem series. MILCK has since established The Somebody’s Beloved Fund, to use her music to generate resources for ten grassroots grantees building power around racial justice, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, criminal justice reform, and mental health

MILCK and Ani DiFranco recently lent their voices to the cover of Billboard ‘Roe’ overturned: music leaders on how to act. MILCK has been featured in the Grammy Museum, TIME Magazine, Elle, NPR, The Kelly Clarkson Show and more. She has become an important voice for women’s rights and recently spoke at Global Citizen NOW (which also included Billy Porter, Connie Britton and Gayle King), Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies Livestream, Vital Voices Global HQ Festival alongside Secretary Hillary Clinton and Diane von Furstenberg, and was presented at the Women’s Convention by the Women’s March this week. On the topic of abortion, MILCK appeared as a guest on the recent episode of Switched On Pop along with NPR’s Ann Powers (Listen here) and on Katie Couric’s Next Question podcast (see here).

PHOTO CREDIT: VEALY CELDRAN

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