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Billy Talen
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The Church of Earthalujah! with the Stop Shopping Choir
The Church of Earthalujah! with the Stop Shopping Choir

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THE FEAR GETS TO ME. I'm listless. Heat-heavy and forgetting things. I can't hold a complete thought. I can hold a feeling, but its not a good feeling. I go for a walk in the park. There is fear in the air. A white cop sits in a car playing a video game with his thumbs. There is a magic wind in the old oak trees above his car. The branches are tossing like the arched necks of big horses. The police and me are underneath and we can't dance like that because we're stuck in dumb fear. He looks up from his pixels suspiciously.
Playing a video aren't you? But not trained in gently de-escalating. Can't learn that on a screen. You notice how there is this fear all around the park. Will the black families come out today with the bar-b-ques? Will they play with their kids while you sit here?
Will I extend a hand to you? How do I appear in your police car window with peacefulness, with the leafy windy trees in my fingers? How do I make you smile with the recognition of life? Do you need for me to appear with my child and pink balloon?
Dear Cop - I've been sitting at my window for days. I'm stuck. Let's ask ourselves an impossible, embarrassing question. Do we love each other? Do we both love living? Aren't these oak trees up there beautiful with those dancing branches? Wanna dance?
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Watch Reverend Billy's new Freakstorm: Blessed Are You https://youtu.be/QBAYCSApklI #Paris #Lebanon #COP21 #BlackLivesMatter #StopShopping

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I urge activists who live in their isolated outposts called "issues" - including those of us who reside within issues that we think include all the others, the big ones like Peace activism and Environmental activism, to understand that state-sanctioned violent insanity of the kind we see with Tamir Rice is a death gene that is in each of our bodies now. http://www.revbilly.com/earth_rights_human_rights

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