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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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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
Racism kills all the good causes and so it has become the only progressive cause at this time in our history. Racism is the only issue until we are killed by it or we are free of it and we are all free.
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instead of trying to justify hatred of any designated other, so much better use of time/energy/interaction to attend to one's own passions
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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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Blessed is Reverend Billy. 
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Rev Billy you're an inspiration!
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Reverend Billy walks the route of the Peoples Climate March six weeks after everyone has gone home, and reflects on a second march.  "Either we stop driving cars or the Earth will."    

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Trees killed by trucks adorned with Sycamore leaves.
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The Church of Earthalujah! with the Stop Shopping Choir
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From sidewalk preaching in Times Square in 90's, Reverend Billy Talen has spent the last decade toggling between community activism and theatrical spectacle. The 35 voice "Earthalujah Gospel Choir" has grown up around him as the climate crisis has brought a crescendo to the "stop shopping" theme. The shopping that matters most now is dirty coal, mountaintop removal, fracking and tar sands. Now, after films and records and world tours, the hope is that power-shopping Americans will be pulled from a deep consumer hypnosis. The hush that has settled over the American landscape, as leader after leader cannot raise their voices - is answered by the preaching of tornados and fires and floods...
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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Reverend Billy and His Stop Shopping Choir are known for mixing soulful music, satirical shtick and righteous politics

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Billy Talen to stand trial for preaching on bank's environmental record accompanied by choir members wearing toad hats

Banks face invasion of golden toads in environmental protest
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Reverend Billy's singing activists dressed as extinct species plan 'gentle' demonstration against irresponsible lending

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Financing the Destruction of Planet Earth Are the Same Banks That Cratered Our Economy

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir
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An American preacher with a white suit, bouffant hair and a radical agenda, Rev Billy Talen isn’t an actual priest but – though he looks and

| Make Congress Come to Work
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TELL CONGRESS: NO MORE TWO-DAY WORKWEEKS. Most Americans put in a five-day workweek. Yet in 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives schedule

Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York, From Niagara Falls to Ma...
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Hundreds of gay couples got married across New York state Sunday after it became the sixth and most populous state in the United States to r

Declaration of the Occupation "To The People Of The World" by the Stop S...
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These are the words of the final section of the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, written by The Call to Action Working Group

London & NY - 99% Across the Water | Reverend Billy Talen
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London & NY - 99% Across the Water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE6ouF0-NO0 Reverend Billy's Freak Storm" finds our wanderin

A Life Beyond Money: Why I Stopped Shopping
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Why I Stopped Shopping. Years ago, I liked to shop. I would hit the malls or shopping districts a few times a week, always bringing home lot

The people at this pharmacy are neighborhood people. The feeling is the opposite of the corporatized Walgreens, CVS etc. They are kind, relaxed, smiling. I will hope that this pharmacy stays on Prospect for a long time.
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