Several hundred protesters and passers-by formed an impromptu choir under the Washington Square Arch last Sunday as part of an unusual protest against Donald Trump.
According to organizers, the #ThisIsWhatDemocracySoundsLike event was intended as a communal sing-a-long for freedom, and attracted musicians, singers and members of the public alike.
The group sang classic protest anthems including This Land is Our Land, Amazing Grace and Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. Protesters also joined hands for renditions of We Shall Overcome and Love Shine a Light.
Attendees said the sing-a-long was a more positive experience than attending a protest, adding that peaceful demonstrations are more likely to have an impact in the long run.
“I’ve been to a protest every day since Trump got elected and I always feel drained by the end them. This sing-a-long lets you know that there’s still light in the world and we need that right now,” said one man, who declined to give his name.
Donations collected during the event were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Organizers had planned to hold another sing-a-long this coming Sunday, but had to cancel due to permits falling through. However the group will be organizing more events for the future, so stay tuned (pun intended).