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Neil Young invites Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir to Open for 'The Monsanto Years' Show

WASHINGTON - Sharing their opposition to Monsanto and Starbucks and Walmart, Reverend Billy and the 40 singing-activists join forces with the radicalized rocker on Tuesday, July 21, at Jones Beach Theater in New York. Accompanying Neil Young is the band “Promise of the Real,” with Lukas and Micah Nelson, sons of Willie Nelson.

Monsanto is also the Devil of the Church of Stop Shopping. This summer, the Rev & singers will perform “Non-Violent Dramatic Actions” to support a ban on Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s most frequently used herbicide. New York City sprayed Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Roundup more than 1,300 times on its parks and playgrounds in 2013. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was declared a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

This spring, the singing and preaching activists invaded London’s British Museum for an unsanctioned concert against BP, a company that buys prestige by giving money to the old museum. During a recent trip to Chicago to lead the March Against Monsanto, they exorcised Monsanto from Home Depot and their new office building. They also visited the sacrifice community of Marktown, IN. This small town suffers extreme rates of cancers and asthma, living in the shadow of the largest tar sands refinery in the United States, the Whiting Refinery, owned by BP and the Koch Brothers.


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Reverend Billy is Bill Talen. What began as a satiric take-down of the rightwing preacher in the 90’s – changed after 9/11. Reverend Billy became a popular pastor in New York, baptizing hundreds of children into a “life beyond shopping.” The Church of Stop Shopping believes in fighting for, and praying to, the Earth. The Church of Stop Shopping has fired all fundamentalist gods, usually with a good joke. After three arrests last fall, two from “Black Lives Matter” actions, Reverend Billy is out of the court system.

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