Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a radical performance community based in New York City. Our non-profit is Immediate Life.
We are at a showdown.
We live in the Sixth Great Extinction of all life on Earth. Insecticides threaten the global food supply. GMOs choke out organic agriculture. Our story is the Star Wars of the environmental struggle.
Monsanto is our villain, the instrument of death that breeds GMOs and soaks seeds in neonicotinoid insecticides. Bayer, Syngenta and the United States government are Monsanto’s nefarious cohorts.
The Honey Bees are our heroes.
We are going to Saint Louis, the global headquarters of Monsanto...
and the offices of the corporate factory farming GMO regime leaders.
We must unleash that part of ourselves that we've held quietly in reserve, that collection of courage. Anybody hear me?
Let's be too outlandish to be called mere "protesters."
Our nonviolent direct actions will be so dramatic that people will shout out, “How will the bees get back to their hive?” “And how will I survive?”
Who is Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir?
Reverend Billy Talen is the Earthalujah! preacher, an author, artist and father. He has been jailed more than 50 times for his dramatic advocacy for the Earth, justice and democracy.
Savitri D leads the Stop Shopping Choir, a community of 40 singer-activists and musicians. Nehemiah Luckett is the music director. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, Fox, and many other international media outlets.
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