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Billy Talen
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 Ladies and Bananas!

After all our trouble with the law lately - did you forget how we really love to put on a show, a barnburner, an eco-system riseup, an incandescent minute?

Come to church this Sunday at 2:30 EST for a Live Stream of our Holiday Jiggly Performance, the fifth in our series of suspicious church services at Joe's Pub at the Public. www.revbilly.com/livestream

Gather around the cyber hole and get your Solstice dose of Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir.

Glory. Be.  Earthalujah!
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USING WAR ON TERROR LANGUAGE FOR THE WAR ON EARTH ACTIVISTS. It's one thing to get boos from the audience when you wanted a standing ovation. But for the prosecutor to shout "Riot!" & "Menace!" & "Unlawful Assembly!" & "One year in Jail!" & "$30,000 Bail!" from the front row... that can ruin your day. Or your year. In New York City we have seen the legal response to 9/11 used to seize immigrant parents in front of their screaming children; illegally detain transportation activists, pulling them from their bicycles; and beat up peaceful protesters at Zuccotti Park. Some New York law enforcement person has the job of reading my sermonettes. Let me talk to you directly: Hi. You have kids? Rising sea-levels, superstorms and droughts and floods -- it comes from the investments of these big banks and hedge funds. JPMorgan Chase, Citi & B of A are investing billions into fossil fuel projects. We have found no way to stop them. They control trillions of dollars, but they are rogue banks. Their reservoirs of cash are larger than governments and no one reviews how that money is spent and it's gonna kill us and our kids won't live normal lives. The banksters are making so much money on gas & oil & coal that even a televangelist and a bunch of artists dressed up like extinct toads spending 15 minutes in a bank brings down a milder form of the language developed out of fear of Chelsea Manning. Listen: Instead of spying on us, why don't you put on a toad-head and go banking with us? Can you say "Earthalujah!" 
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Our sermon-and-party at the Bayview Boat Club in San Francisco was like being saved from the suburbanization of your favorite city.  The boat club is run by salty sailors.  They protect their bar and lawn and dock with a fiery defense.  They need to because across the street on the land side loom terrible looking slabs of dot com offices…  We are grateful that they host us, and will be grateful to return. --Rev
Rev. Billy and Church of Stop Shopping performed in San Francisco recently concerning our yawning silence about climate change, and what we all must do now.
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Consider this our radical "Happy Holidays" card from the Church of Stop Shopping. Wouldn't this make a grand new end-of-the-year [or any-time-of-year] tradition? Spread the love!
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Can you help us keep the knot of toads, swarm of bees, and movement of music going strong, amen alelujah? So much more work to do in 2014, and it's not even here yet! www.revbilly.com/donate
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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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