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originally published: 08/20/2022

Singer-songwriter, producer and advocate MILCK teams up with BIIANCO, Grammy winner Autumn Rowe and Ani DiFranco for an urgent new protest song “We won’t be back,” created in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, constructed from audio recorded during a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court in the District of Columbia.

The new music video, released on August 18, 2022, was directed by Jen Rosenstein, who has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Pentatonix and Jennifer Hudson, and features comedian Sarah Rose Hyland (MTV Punk’d, MadTV) along with all the artists who created We Won’t Go Back. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the song will be donated to Planned Parenthood, SisterSong and Yellowhammer Fund. To join in the effort, the artists invite others to donate to MILCK’s I Can’t Keep Quiet Fund, housed at the Louisville Community Foundation, for which 100% of donations will directly benefit the three aforementioned beneficiaries .

Featuring the faces of MILCK and her collaborators superimposed on famous works of art of women throughout history, including the Mona Lisa and Aphrodite, it’s a visual image of strength and unity that interjects the impact of momentous decisions in today’s society—ones that can alter the trajectory of progress forever and set back the efforts of generations of activists with one snap political judgment.

“We Won’t Back Down” started in D.C. the day after Politico leaked information about 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, powerful chant of “We’re not coming back!” became the resounding anthem.

That night, MILCK took the audio she had recorded from the protests and created a sample that would soon become a song that she would share on social media, offering the audio to her 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. Check out more of her Instagram stories: @MILCKmusic and facebook: /MILKmusic.

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“The process of creating this song embodies one of my favorite quotes from Maxine Hong Kingston: ‘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 this helps people overcome their anger, determination, and sass.

“We Won’t Go Back” is a full-circle moment for MILCK, who five years ago rose to worldwide fame with the viral performance of her song “Quiet” during the Women’s March. “Quiet” became the movement’s unofficial anthem, was named Billboard’s No.1 protest song, and was selected for NPR’s American Anthems series. MILCK has since created The Somebody’s Beloved Fund to use her music to generate resources for ten grassroots beneficiaries who are building power around racial justice, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, criminal justice reform and mental health.

MILCK and Ani DiFranco recently lent their voices to the film for the cover of Billboard ‘Roe’ overturned: Music leaders on how to take action. 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 featured Billie 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 included in the Women’s Convention by the Women’s March this week. On the topic of abortion, MILCK appeared as a guest on a recent episode of Switched On Pop with NPR’s Ann Powers (Listen here) and on Katie Couric’s Next Question podcast (see here).

PHOTO CREDIT: VEALI CELDRAN

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