Reverend Billy started preaching on the streets of Times Square In 1998. His early message was a rallying cry against consumerism and the Disneyfication of NYC. He very quickly became involved in the thriving anti-globalization movement and The Stop Shopping Choir emerged (clapping!) from street actions and rallies. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Reverend Billy turned his attention directly to The Climate Crisis and Earth Justice. Reverend Billy has won an OBIE Award, the Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council’s Preservation Award, and has been jailed more than 50 times. He was a central figure of Occupy Wall Street and toured 25 OWS tent communities from Zurich to Oakland, CA with the Stop Shopping Choir. He has run for New York City mayor on the Green Party ticket. Reverend Billy has released three CDs, three documentary films, published two books, and produced eight 28-minute television shows as part of The Last Televangelist on cable and community access TV stations across the country. The Reverend is a frequent guest of news media, having appeared on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Nightline, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Colmes, Democracy Now, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace,” Geraldo Rivera, CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show, BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous other local and regional affiliates and International print outlets.
Savitri D. is an artist/activist and the director of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping choir and has led direct action and organizing campaigns against corporations, institutions and human failure for fifteen years. She is a serious lover of all things wild. She has led many interventions and actions around the world. Internationally she has appeared at ICA London; CCA Barcelona; Vooruit, Belgium; House of World Cultures, Berlin: The World Social Forum, Nairobi; Saving Iceland, Reykavik; Schauspieler Haus, Hamburg and Zurich; Hemisferica, Buenos Aires; Edinburgh Fringe, UK and numerous festivals of art & politics.
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