Rev. Billy Talen

Reverend Billy Talen is pastor of The Church of Stop Shopping, New York musicians and singers who create different kinds of ritual trespassings in corporate space, while holding six-part harmonies.  Their illegal concerts have recently favored banks that finance fossil fuel industries.  Upcoming shows include the Brooklyn Folk Festival, Mother's Day at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, and the March Against Monsanto in Miami.  Talen is the author of "The Earth Wants YOU", from City Lights Books.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017
Manifesto for a Naïve Activism
It is the darkest of times; it is the brightest of times. A mentally ill President slouches toward the nuclear suitcase to mistake a Twitter feed for the big one. But he can see in the windows of the Oval Office, out in streets, the 99% and the Black Lives and the Kayaktivists and the Pussy Power...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
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 09, 2017
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
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 06, 2016
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
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
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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