At the end of January 2017, on the day that the new American President was inaugurated there were worldwide demonstrations opposing the values which he stood for. At the Womens March on Washington that day, a new song was sung for the first time. Written by Connie Lim (her stage name is MILCK) I Can't Keep Quiet is a powerful, empowering song which refuses to be silenced. Originally an expression of her own marginalisation (see an interview with Connie here ) the song quickly travelled the world and became the anthem for many subsequent demonstrations, including International Women's Day (8th March). Groups around the world have enthusiastically taken it up, and Connie is planning a world-wide #ICANTKEEPQUIET day on 8th April.
I saw video of the Womens March on Washington, and was deeply affected by the song. I began learning it, made an arrangement based on Connie's original version (it has, naturally, evolved into myriad versions, depending on context and singers) and brought singers together from the Wellington region, to sing it wherever and whenever it's needed. Reheasals and group practises have happened in people's homes, local halls and wherever people can meet and sing, and I've been priviledged to share the song as far as Kapiti and the Wairarapa. So far we've sung at IWD events for TEU, the UN Womens Breakfast at Parliament, WWW4P walk in Wellington, at Te Papa, at the Cindy Sherman exhibition at City Gallery, at the demonstration against rape culture, and even got to visit Marama Fox in her Parlimentary office and taught her the song! 
We have already got many other gigs lined up, and new singers are welcome to come along.Currently the best place to find out what we're up to is on Facebook, our group page is here.