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Posted on on November 23rd, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (




Re The WALK OUT OF THE WARSAW CLIMATE CONFERENCE BY THOUSANDS OF EARTH PEOPLE AND CITIZENS OF DROWNING SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS – AS THE RICH NATIONS REFUSE TO DISCUSS REPARATIONS FOR CLIMATE CRIMES: Oh, how I wish we were there! …singing and preaching with these Earth warriors, who will be remembered in the coming HUNDRED YEAR APOCALYPSE for their final declaration to the rich nations: WE WILL LEAVE YOU NOW, NOT BUY YOUR PRODUCTS, NOT LOVE YOUR CELEBRITIES, AND WE WILL STOP WORSHIPPING THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. And in leaving this last fundamentalist religion, they walk back into the hot wind and frothing sea, the poisoned shale and tubercular coral reefs.

Leaving the big banks and oil companies at their rigged conference – is to return to the overwhelming power of the Earth, an economy of mystery. Or is it true, as the New York Times suggests, that this walk out was only a negotiating tactic. (Amazing how the Times infantilizes the poor. The Times invented snark.) Some I’m sure will return to talk to the wealthy national representatives – but not Yeb Sano, going hungry as he learns of his relatives’ fate in the path of Haiyan. Not many of them. We sense that there is a real vision of independence from the West. There is a growing demand that the West take responsibility for what they have done to the climate. Actually, even the colonial bankers have trouble when their murders are right there in the room, when weeping people are there before them in suits, trying to go on, trying to be successful professionals in the game of international diplomacy, trying to talk with the perpetrators of climate change as if it is just another policy. Please listen – boycotters of the fossil fuel diplomats – you are our teachers.

The following were the words spoken by Reverend Billy  that might yet gethim up to a year in jail time, if we do not act.

He said: We are in the midst of a mass extinction at this time. I ask you to think of your own children. I am the father of a three year old and I’m worried about the kind of world that my daughter will inherit. Please protect life, protect the earth. Take your money out of J.P. Morgan Chase or work inside the bank to change the values system of this bank. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets, but it is also the top bank in the world for financing industrial projects which poison the atmosphere with co2 emissions.

Who caused Hurricane Sandy? Chase bank did, if anybody did.

Rise up against the corporations that are poisoning the atmosphere. It’s up to you and to me, only we can do it.

Somebody give me a “Change-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!
Somebody give me a “Life-a-lujah”!

Right Hallelujah

Are you alright? Is no one angry?

You are angry, in the white shirt, I can tell.

Sign Rev. Billy’s petition, and check him out on stage in NYC – like this Sunday at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan at 2:30 PM while he is still a free man.

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or write a nice email to the Honorable Cy Vance, Jr. to let him know what an upstanding citizen the Reverend is, and how he lights up culture and society with his presence.

  • Mj KohlerRev Billy is a prophet of climate change.
    • Jonathan SteinerReverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir: A Prophet of Climate change, fighting against the Profit of Climate Change.
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      About Us

      About Us

      Our church is a radical performance community based in New York City.

      Statement of Belief

      Let’s talk about the Devil. Corporate Commercialism has sped up to a roar, virtually unopposed. Consumerism is normalized in the mind of the average person, sometimes we even refer to ourselves as consumers forgetting that we are also citizens, humans, men, women, animals. We forget that we share many resources, public spaces, libraries, information, history, sidewalks, streets, schools that we created laws and covenants and govenerments to protect us,, to support us, to help us… The subjugation of these resources and these laws to the forces of the market demands a response.

      We are a post religious church. We hold “services” wherever we can, in concert halls, theaters, churches, community centers, forests, fields, parking lots, mall atriums, and perhaps most importantly, inside stores, as close to the cash register as we can get, within spitting distance of the point of purchase.

      We sing, we dance, we preach, sometimes we perform small “interventions”, invisible plays, acts of ritual resistance. We exorcise cash registers and remythologize the retail environment, we illuminate the Devil. We make media and send it out around the world. We get hassled by security guards and sometimes get arrested.

      Above all we try to complexify the moment of purchase, to snap people out their hypnosis and back into the mystery of being human. We remind people that things come from somewhere, that products have a resource past, a labor past. Someone made It, and It is made of something, we trace the route a product took to get on the shelf, the life it might have when we throw it away. We animate the objects that surround us and in so doing we re-animate ourselves. We become citizens again.

      Liberation is a radiant process, it spreads. We think freedom from consumerism is virulent, contagious. Tell your neighbor you stopped shopping and it gives her permission to do the same. One day we can all live in richly varied and hilarious neighborhoods, with people who seem to have invented themselves, and so are endlessly fascinating, something beyond entertainment. Yes there IS a Life After Shopping!

      Remember children… Love is a Gift Economy! —  Rev


      The Church of Stop Shopping is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. They employ multiple tactics and creative strategies, including cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, cell phone operas combined with grass roots organizing and media activism. They are entertainers and artists, performing regularly throughout The US and Europe.


      Since 1999 our project has expanded from a one-man performance artist preaching against consumerism in Times Square to a 40-person choir and 5-person band with dozens of original songs, a critically acclaimed stage show, a major motion picture and multiple media platforms. Our performance community hails from all over the US and the world. We are all ages, races and sexes. Together we have demonstrated commitment to educating people about ever expanding commercialism and the over-consumption it demands. We maintain that consuming less is a critical, immediate step individuals can take toward halting the climate crisis.

      We use theatrical forms to build a surprisingly moving, powerful critique of economic systems and environmental practices and instill a sense of responsibility in our audiences, leading them to simple actions they can take immediately (committing to ride their bike once a week, calling an elected or picking up trash in their local park) and others that require more work and cooperativity (defending a community garden, mobilizing a divestment or a boycott).

      We often partner with large NGO’s and advocacy groups, while they negotiate and lobby for policy change we raise the profile of the effort and involve citizens more directly- creating classic inside/outside campaigns. Our successful campaigns of this kind include an effort to stop Victoria’s Secret from using Virgin Boreal Forest for their ubiquitous underwear catalogs. We pressured both the Starbucks Corp and international trade bodies to endorse the appellation of Sidamo, Yirgajefee and Harar coffees in Ethiopia. The new trade marking agreement allows Ethiopian coffee farmers to demand higher prices for their legendary coffees at market. Most recently we joined a number of groups in pressuring JP Morgan Chase to divest from the surface mining practice known as Mountaintop Removal (MTR) in the Appalachian Mountains of the US. (Other examples of our creative campaigns can be found at our website This work is important not just for the achievement of a worthy goal but because each is a model by which other campaigns can be created. We have performed in venues on 4 continents and on or in literally hundreds of fields, malls, streets, and sidewalks. We have been invited guest artists at more than one hundred institutes of higher learning and 23 primary schools. We have won an Obie Award, a Glickman Award, and the Alpert Award in the Arts. In 2009 Reverend Billy Talen was a candidate for mayor of New York City on the Green Party ticket.

      We are avid media makers, with two full length professionally produced CD’s, 3 documentaries films, including What Would Jesus Buy produced by Morgan Spurlock, which played on 125 screens in the US and European television. An earlier film, Preacher With an Unknown God won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Bill Talen has published 2 books (What Should I Do If Reverend Billy is In My Store and What Would Jesus Buy) with two others forthcoming in the next 18 months. We produced eight 28-minute television shows, The Last Televangelist, and broadcast them on cable and community access TV stations across the country. Our post-religious church is the subject of a small revolution on the Internet, where anti-consumerist fans have posted more than a thousand homemade Reverend Billy You Tube films of actions and shows.

      We are frequent guests of news media appearing on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Nightline, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Colmes, Democracy Now, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace,” Geraldo Rivera, CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show, The BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous other local and regional affiliates and International print outlets. Many people across the western world have joined us in resisting Consumerism and it’s enabling twin Militarism.

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