Protesters can't keep quiet in Camden
Camden — A large number of protesters concerned about the state of the nation under new President Donald Trump spoke out in song Saturday, April 8, on the Village Green in Camden.
The group, many of them women wearing pink hats, tapped into the energy of the Women's March on Washington as they gathered and sang the song "I can't keep quiet," by MILCK (also known as Connie Lim).
It became a viral sensation on the internet and the protest song of the times when Lim and others performed it on the streets of Washington in January.
On Saturday, sheet music was distributed to those gathered and they were led by James Cook on guitar and singer Kristi Kalajian. Cook and Tracy Jalbuena helped organize the event and founded the Midcoast Maine Indivisible group with the goal of standing up to and resisting the Trump agenda.
Cook said seeing a president who bragged about groping women elected was a turning point for many women in this country. He said the message of the song fits. The people are not going to be quiet, they are going to speak out.
Lyn Donovan of Camden also helped organize the event.
"What's helping me get through this insanity is singing," she said. "It's saving my soul."
"I have no choice but to speak up," said Jalbuena.
The event is one of many such singing demonstrations taking place around the country. The Camden protest drew many from the neighboring towns and groups from Lincoln County, the Bangor area and even as far as Mt. Desert Island.
For more information, visit Midcoast Maine Indivisible on Facebook.
Daniel Dunkle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 594-4401 ext. 122. Follow him on Twitter @DanDunkle.