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Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

Just back from actions in Barcelona, Spain, Reverand Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have fought Starbucks, Disney and Walmart in support of independent businesses and the survival of our neighborhoods.

The Church performed on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, April 20. Church was held at Borders, the GAP, Starbucks, and Urban Outfitters.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir are on a singing and preaching tour from L.A. to Humboldt County April 16 to 24, performing for citizens, activist groups and union locals who are resisting the predatory influx of transnational chain stores.

Some performances take place in theaters, others are ‚Äúretail interventions‚Ä? ‚Äď unannounced, unpermitted appearances that take place in ‚Äúcontested space‚Ä? supercenter lobbies, sweatshop dressing rooms and strip mall parking lots. Throughout its seven year existence the OBIE-winning Church of Stop Shopping has fought Starbucks, Disney, Walmart (to name a few) promoting independent businesses and gift, thrift and barter economies; encouraging the survival of our neighborhoods; and giving a voice to countless sweatshop workers worldwide.

Photos: [ 1 - 2 - 3 ]

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Reverend Billy Preaches in Santa Cruz

coverage of Reverend Billy in Los Angeles: Reverend Billy Challenges Corporatism
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The Church of Stop Shopping performs radical ‚Äúretail interventions‚Ä? of political theater cloaked in evangelical fervor.

Just back from actions in Barcelona, Spain, the Church has fought Starbucks, Disney and Walmart in support of independent businesses and the survival of our neighborhoods. They will perform in Santa Cruz for a couple of hours on their tour from the Walmart invasions in L.A. to proposed Big Box Store developments in Northern California.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir are on a singing and preaching tour from L.A. to Humboldt County April 17 to 24, performing for citizens, activist groups and union locals who are resisting the predatory influx of transnational chain stores. Fourteen events over the course of the week include a Los Angeles screening of Playloud! Productions documentary ‚ÄúReverend Billy‚Ä?, a live concert for tree-sitters near Arcata and the finale performance at the 1400 seat Castro Theater in San Francisco.

Some performances take place in theaters, others are ‚Äúretail interventions‚Ä? ‚Äďunannounced, unpermitted appearances that take place in ‚Äúcontested space‚Ä? supercenter lobbies, sweatshop dressing rooms and strip mall parking lots. Throughout its seven year existence the OBIE-winning Church of Stop Shopping has fought Starbucks, Disney, Walmart (to name a few) promoting independent businesses and gift, thrift and barter economies; encouraging the survival of our neighborhoods; and giving a voice to countless sweatshop workers worldwide.

Location:

Pacific Avenue. Starting near the GAP proceeding to Urban Outfitters.
 
 


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Re: Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

Thank you to everyone who came out on a rainey Tuesday morning to for some wild and wacky political theater.

I especially enjoyed the cash-register exorcism at the gap, and the piano and choir concert at the coffee roasting co.

Choir members said "hey, this is a great town to perform in, the people are in suuport and the police seem very laid back." Riiiiiight.....it must be the music that tamed them.
 

Re: Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

...Oh my god!! The Reverend drives a Crown bus!
That is the best bus by far on the hwys of
america.. I got to drive one this winter and I am
a convert.
I'm sorry I missed the visit.. it looks like big fun!!
I must try harder to make my late night party life
work with my next day activism.
I seee some folks smiling in these photos who
rarely crack smile. It must have been good.
 

Re: Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

An old Crown coach? Nice. That means he gets between 7-9 miles per gallon.

What a hog! The worst SUV or HUMvee isnt even that bad.

Looks like we bombed Iraq so that Reverend Billy could keep his gas guzzler on the road. I'd hate to breathe whatever's coming out of that crusty-ol non-EFI pipe.

You know diesel is the worst gas to burn too, right? Because it's dirty, nasty shite compared to unleaded. That's why it's cheaper.

Way to save the environment, Billybob. So who do you support when you fill up that 50gallon tank, the foreign terrorists or the domestic ones?

Walk the walk.
 

Re: Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

Change-a-lugh-ya! Thanks Bradly! and the ROCKIN SC IndyMedia! Even the main-stream Senile had good photos and a reasonable article (on Wed 4/21/04 page A-4).
Art & Revolution were hosts to the Rev'n Choir (they'd love to come back in the near future).
If you'd like regular updates re. future A&R activities, workshops, etc. let us know!
Name and phone # are good for confirmation.

Thanks for all your work! Rock-on!
G-rant
 

Bring Back Billy, But on a Saturday!

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I missed you out there Brent!

The bus looked really cool. It was neat to see a 'no enemy' sticker in the bus too.

Reverand Billy mentioned that the bus they travel in sucks up a lot of gas. I'm sure they would love to drive one that runs on biodiesel or alcohol or other alternative.

Art and Revolution have organized the best events on Pacific Ave since I've been in Santa Cruz, with the exception of 'Santa Cruz Night Out' -- those three nights were great!

I look forward to seeing Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir again soon!

Hopefully they can stroll Pacific on, say, a Saturday afternoon...
 

Re: Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

I have LOTS of buses, amd fire trucks, and years of experience. I'm a good mechanic and activist. Need a bus I can help. I have Crowns Gilligs, with diesle powered Cummins, CAT Detroit, International. automatics, 5 speeds, 6 speeds, 10 speeds, two axle or three axle buses. Just call or write. Special rates for people doing good for others.

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Powered by 8V79.5 CAT NA
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