Samantha Bee spent her Saturday with “a few friends” at the Women’s March on Washington. The Full Frontal host saw a lot of things that inspired and gave her hope, but one thing stood out: the #ICANTKEEPQUIET Choir of DC, a group of women who spent the weekend doing flash mob-style performances around the city on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, surprising unsuspecting strangers with their soul-stirring a cappella empowerment anthem, “Quiet.”
The song — written by L.A.-based musician MILCK — features the chorus, “I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh/ A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh/ I can’t keep quiet/ For anyone, anymore.” The moving protest tune was performed all over D.C. by MILCK and a group of women from thousands of miles apart who connected and rehearsed online and met in person for the first time at the march.
Watch the performance by MILCK with the GW Sirens and Capital Blend (starting at 4:23):
This video of them performing the song at the March went viral over the weekend.
#ICANTKEEPQUIET is also launching a project to collect stories about “everyday people who have braved extraordinary distances to speak up, and speak out.” Those stories will be posted on the #ICAN’TKEEPQUIET site later this year, with 20 percent of the proceeds from merch sales going to the Los Angeles chapter of Step Up, a nonprofit that provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls 13-18.