Welcome to the Church of Stop Shopping!

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is a radical performance community based in New York City, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands.

We are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities all over the world defending community, life and imagination.

We compel action in those who have never been activist,  revive exhausted activists, and devise new methods for future activism. We also put on a great show.

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A Good Day To Ask

10628671_10152210323440974_3602532395757124733_o.jpgWhat’s my magic trick?  What am I doing that makes me predictable and non-impactful (dead) and what could I do to resurrect from it?  A good day to look out at devastation that the world has become and get brazenly creative about what might be my own Edward Snowden, my own Arctic 30, my own Pussy Riot.

Each of us has an amazing thing we can do.  And if you want to join a group and not be a loner hero – pick the right group, one that might have in them the big crazy Occupy or Iguala or Hong Kong or Ferguson.  Like this: who will stop glyphosate spraying? Clue:  March Against Monsanto is May 23rd this year.

Because there is no doubt that we are in a dangerous slowdown in activism right now.  Since the Peoples Climate March – have you noticed? Culture generally seems so dull and slow.  My liberal friends are victims of NPR-like mildness.  Countries are shrinking back to the most minor stories, like soccer scores and celebrity divorces. BUT JUST BECAUSE GREENLAND IS BLACK DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULD GIVE UP.

The Earth should not have to step up and give us another Sandy to activate us.  We can go out on the front steps and look at our neighborhood with fresh radical eyes.  We might see a Chase Bank or HSBC or UBS on the corner.  They are top investors in CO2 emissions.  They are a Devil to throw down the hole.  That’s a cross for the big die-and-fly!

By which I mean, for instance, all these hipsters in their skinny pants and tattoos stand at the ATMs of these murderers. They need a severe GOTCHA, am I right? Yes, that might be a resurrection.  A breakthrough!  A shocker!  A rise to the STATE OF EXALTED EMBARRASSMENT!  What a coming back to life! What a beautiful springtime!  Earthalujah!

 

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What do you do?

1621842_10203347226264034_1982435645_n_(1).jpgYou don't know when it will happen, then suddenly you stop on the sidewalk and it dawns on you, "Oh, this is the kind of life I've chosen to live!"  I'm arrested again and again lately, the last time handcuffed within minutes of beginning to speak.  Then the jail and the judge and it dominates my family and my community of singing-activists...  

Now it's two days after the last surreal trial, where they dropped the charges while telling the judge that "He waves his arms in the air and shouts loudly."  I'm still groggy from the whole thing.  Long slow walks in Prospect Park are good.  Reading books to (5 years old on Monday) Lena: VERY good. The Lorax was last night's nighty-night read.  She was asleep before the last Truffula tree was felled by the Super-Axe-Hacker.  

Trying to breathe and see straight after the professional violence of New York City, I look at my calendar.  Oh, we're starting a radio show on Pacifica, I'm writing a book for City Lights, we're off on a European tour with 15 singers, then off to Chicago with 30 singers...  All this all at once.  April and May.  Impossible!  Oh, but this is the life I have chosen to live.  Earthalujah!

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