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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Non-Thinking

11051883_10152759992710974_6785684112681688581_o.jpgIn our posse of singing-activists, we find "consensual hypnosis" in America. People get lost in these ghosty labyrinths and are fundamentalists when we get out. Militarism and consumerism - Americans are hunted by these systems on a daily basis. Right-wing apocalyptic Christianity overlaps with the other isms, like inert chemicals that make a toxin like Glyphosate more persistent in the soil. We seek to break up these hypnotizers with song, polemics of joy, unashamed love in all its genders, education about Devils...

I'm thinking about non-thinking this morning, after our 5 week tour is completed, because of Monsanto and BP's strategies. The marketing of falsehoods in the case of these companies is so extreme that they resemble cults. How Monsanto explains away Agent Orange thru sentimental patriotism, even as Viet Namese children are living without limbs - you know that bad mind-magic is their corporate world. The enormity of the Whiting Refinery yesterday has another side: lies as big as their smokestacks. BP's talk about tearing down the sacrifice community of Marktown to make "green space," a vengeful fiction.

They don't care if they are unbelievable. They create a general field of confusion, as important as the barbed wire around their toxic furnaces. We aim our unconfused joyful song at them, betting that a single person within their offices, wavering, has a dream.

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Prayer or Curse

CF3ZPp8WYAAIpbx.jpgMarktown, Indiana is a sacrifice community surrounded by the tar sands refinery owned by BP. The choir and I met with about 60 local residents. The violence they have in their lives - we spent the first half hour asking questions, looking into eyes, listening, hugging. Of course the preacher had to preach, but the testimonies of Marktown people were so moving, it made the songs more passionate, like a town hall meeting turned into a musical. At the end we gathered in a big circle and prayed for health and radical change - that Marktown would flourish and the refinery would be shut down. It is a toxic monster, the local mortality is hard to take in.... and it's those same corporations again, BP and the Koch Bros. the most conspicuous owners. Then we walked across the highway onto refinery property and got in as close as we dared and sent one last prayer, or was it a curse?

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