Friends

Our Stop Shopping Church wants to continue to help community defense groups.  Below we have a list of citizens’ organizations and threatened independent businesses. The choir has sung for them or the Rev has hosted their fundraisers.  By energizing picket lines, marching through traffic jams, or harmonizing in the heart of super malls with sweatshop-produced merchandize, the Church of Stop Shopping responds to the need for creative forms of resistance. 

APE was the first organization to offer financial support to the Church fo Earthalujah, as usual our friends in the UK lead the way. Check out their amazing work.

Artists Project Earth in collaboration with international musicians has produced three fundraising albums to date: Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba, RDM: Classics and last year’s album, RDM: Revival. Profits from sales of the albums go to support projects all around the world that are helping to mitigate, adapt to and raise awareness of, climate change: from reforestation initiatives in Africa and Brazil, to support for wetland conservation in Uganda; from campaigns to highlight the folly of tar sands extraction for ‘dirty oil’, to the Plane Stupid organization whose direct action has helped to derail the proposed third runway at Heathrow airport; from a Special Award for the global Transition Towns movement which is paving the way towards sustainable development from the grassroots up, to the COPART collaborations in South Africa which are working to bring community-based arts and theatre into the climate change debate at next year’s COP17 in Cape Town. To date, APE has supported over 230 projects globally.
We first performed in Black Rock City in in 2003, during a truly devilish  dust storm -- and some of us have been there every year since. Check out Burners Without Borders, Black Rock Solar, and Black Rock Art Foundation too.

Cedepca is a training center that provides safe, accepting, creative spaces where women and men from many different Christian traditions can deepen their faith while they strengthen their ability to confront the key issues facing their communities. Cedepca offers people the tools to eradicate violence and injustice in their world, especially violence against women and children.

The CIW is a community-based worker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. CIW strives to build our strength as a community on a basis of reflection and analysis, constant attention to coalition building across ethnic divisions, and an ongoing investment in leadership development to help our members continually develop their skills in community education and organization.

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.
DDDB leads a broad-based community coalition fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.
Forest Ethic’s mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing--one of our focus areas is climate change, which compromises all of our efforts if left unchecked.
The annual Howl! Festival named in honor of the groundbreaking poem by Allen Ginsberg and produced every summer celebrates New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side's role as a preeminent locus of culture.
I-Witness Video uses video to protect civil liberties. We probe police actions at First Amendment events. I-Witness Video has uncovered perjury and abuse by police officers and prosecutors, revealed illegal police surveillance and exposed official lies.
More Gardens! More Peas! New York City has got to breathe!
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members--lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees--the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.
The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of groups from across the U.S., formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance (WTR).
Founded in March, 2006, the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) is a broad organization of  anarchists and anti-authoritarians who live in the New York metropolitan area. NYMAA is a social revolutionary organization. Thus, our ultimate aim is to eradicate all forms of authoritarianism, hierarchy, and domination and help build a genuinely liberatory, self-managed, directly democratic society.
Pond is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering socially engaged, experimental art in an accessible and interdisciplinary environment.
The Radical Homosexual Agenda is a contingent of the NYC queer community who believes that our rights extend way beyond marriage.
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) is dedicated to winning improved conditions for restaurant workers and raising public recognition of restaurant workers' contributions to the city.
The Retail Action Project (RAP) is an effort to build worker and community power to challenge injustices in retail and ensure that retailers provide stable jobs with living wages, benefits, and respect.
 Dear Reverend,

Shortly before Halloween I encountered a giant calculator on sale at a local Walgreen's. I decided I was going to use this absurd product of our consumer society to spread the gospel of the Church of Stop Shopping. So I bought the calculator (It is totally awesome!) and used it to make a costume representing the shopocalypse. On Halloween night I went out on the town dressed in my shopocalypse costume. Everyone wanted to know what the costume was and I was able to explain to many people what the shopocalypse is. I want to share some pictures of my costume with you and other members of the church. To see pictures you can go to:

http://picasaweb.google.com/sabbottk/ShopocalypseHalloween#5264884785316...

The gospel is spreading! Your Church makes a difference! We can only emerge from the age of the shopocalypse by working towards an economy founded on democratic and human relationships not alienation, exploitation and endless consumption.

In holy communion,

Sean Abbott-Klafter
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.
SweatFree Communities assists sweatshop workers globally in their struggles to improve working conditions and form strong, independent unions.
Billionaires for Bush is a grassroots network of corporate lobbyists, decadent heiresses, Halliburton CEOs, and other winners under George W. Bush's economic policies. Headquartered in Wall Street and with over 60 chapters nationwide, we'll give whatever it takes to ensure four more years of putting profit over people. After all, we know a good president when we buy one.
Not An Alternative is a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, whose mission aims to integrate art, activism and theory in order to affect popular understandings of events, symbols and history. The organization operates a multi-purpose venue named The Change You Want to See Gallery and Convergence Stage, where free and low-cost lectures, screenings, panel discussions, workshops and artist presentations occurs.
The Maine Fair Trade Campaign is a coalition of 51 labor, environmental, human rights, faith, and community organizations working together to build a just, sustainable, and democratic local and global economy.

TIME'S UP! is a New York City-based not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote alternative transportation and life freindly city.

These Transition Town pioneers celebrated with us during the UK Shopocalypse Tour...our heroes in Norwich!

Transition Norwich aims to bring together the people of Norwich to design and implement a community response to peak oil (the imminent decline in world oil supplies) and climate change - two issues which fundamentally challenge our current way of life.
Related Campaign: 2009 UK Shopocalypse Tour
A project/initiative of the New York City Central Labor Council to end off-shore sweatshop labor and promote instead union-made garments.