Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Perform “Faster! Monsanto Die! Die!” in Chicago; Join March Against Monsanto

Chicago — Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir confront Monsanto, the company responsible for Agent Orange, PCBs, GMOs, Bovine Growth Hormone, honeybee-killing Neonicotinoids and Glyphosate, recently designated as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir join the March Against Monsanto on May 23rd at 1:00pm at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams Street.  Their stage performance begins at 8:00pm at the People’s Church of Chicago, 941 W. Lawrence Avenue.

The singing-activists have travelled on their spring tour from New York City to Vienna to London and now to Chicago with activism by day, “Faster! Monsanto Die! Die!” concert shows by night.  Last week, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir conducted unsanctioned performances inside the British Museum in London and the Tate museum in Liverpool calling on the museums to end their sponsorship contracts with BP.
In 2014, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, artists-in-residence at the Public Theater in New York City, performed their show, “Monsanto is the Devil!” at Joe’s Pub. They staged an organic Thanksgiving meal on the front lawn of Monsanto’s World Headquarters in St. Louis. They also exorcised the Devil from Monsanto’s office in Boston and the Harvard University laboratory where scientists are constructing the Robobee, the mechanical pollinator.

This past year, Reverend Billy was arrested twice in Black Lives Matter protests – once in Grand Central Station in New York City and once in Ferguson, Missouri by the all-white police force there.  He was also arrested trying to stop the felling of a beloved tree in New York’s East Village.
Reverend Billy is an activist, radio show host, stage performer and author who has been arrested more than 50 times. He has released three CDs, three documentary films, and published three books. He won an OBIE Award, Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award for his work. He has appeared in press ranging from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News and CBS Evening News to the BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous international print outlets.

The Stop Shopping Choir is an all-ages, 40-member singing group, under the direction of Savitri D with music director, Nehemiah Luckett. The choir represents a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; among them are scientists, teachers, artists, therapists, welders, cyclists, builders, developers, hairdressers, dog walkers, actors, truck drivers, tech geeks, scholars and executives. The Choir has toured in Europe, Africa, South America and throughout North America. They are the subject of Morgan Spurlock’s second feature film, “What Would Jesus Buy?”


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