Letters to the Editor

Two years in – “Ukraine Shall Overcome”

Two years ago this coming Saturday, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. From the beginning, America has supported Ukraine’s fight for freedom. Since the war began, an estimated 500,000 Ukrainians and Russians have been killed or injured.

The plight of the Ukrainians hasn’t been lost on my friends here in Laguna. We have protested at Main Beach, held a fundraiser at the museum, found housing for refugees and more.

On a personal note, I am grateful to LagunaTunes Community Chorus and Laguna’s Eric Alcouloumre, an ER physician, for recording my rewrite of the 1960s civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

I wish the members of Congress, who currently are holding up funds for Ukraine, could hear “Ukraine Shall Overcome.” I think it has the potential to change their minds (and votes).

Here are the two Laguna-based versions:

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach


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