Rev. Billy Talen

Reverend Billy Talen is pastor of The Church of Stop Shopping, New York activists now seeking to map the spraying of Monsanto's RoundUp in parks and schools in the US.  The Stop Shopping Choir has sung in the offices of the Central Park offices of the NYC Parks Dept and exorcised glyphosate spraying trucks in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.  Last year the church was produced by Laurie Anderson, and opened for Neil Young in his anti-Monsanto tour.  Talen is the author of "The Earth Wants YOU", from City Lights Books.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 7:45am
Wild Cats Grab Back
The big wild cats are dying. The leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers… Each of these cats leaps from the top of their own ecosystem, and yet we humans are above the cats and we’re killing them all. We are the apex predator in the era we’ve named after ourselves, the...
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
The 100-Year Conversation
"It’s time to learn how to have the 10 year conversation, the 20 year conversation - the 100 year conversation!" —Anohni Since November 8th, we gaze out at the funky world. No one has called the beginning of 2017 a scenic view. The human part of it looks like a World War. The nature part is a...
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Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 11:00am
Standing Rock: A Moment of Clarity for Progressive Activists
Earth-force meets money-force at Standing Rock. I’m so relieved I’m here. It scares me to think that I might have missed this. We get up at dawn. Four hundred people walk slowly in a light snow to the river by the camp. A teacher is talking. His headdress is a crisscrossing of long, narrow feathers...
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Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:00am
Did Our Anti-Monsanto Song Beat The Three Hates?
We were approached recently by the Wall Street Journa l. A writer on agriculture subjects wanted to know about what Monsanto protesters will do when the object of their wrath merges with, and disappears into, the Bayer Corporation. How does a protester continue? The article based on our...
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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 2:45pm
Environmentalists: Make Your Stand Like Standing Rock
The First Nations peoples in North Dakota are showing us the future of direct action. In the path of the Enbridge pipeline—the “black snake”—they’re making something that traditional environmentalists don’t have words for. A friend of mine who is there put it this way: "It’s not like a protest. It’...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8:30am
A Slow River Flows Through the Campaigns
The teleprompters seemed to be climate science deniers. It was as if the political class at the microphones of Philadelphia and Cleveland suffered from a deep racial fear or even sexual fear – of the Earth. Directly addressing the crisis of our lives was impossible. For Earth activists the...
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