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Reverend Billy

Reverend BillyAKA William C. Talen

Born: c. 1952
Birthplace: Minnesota

Gender: Male
Religion: Other
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Performance Artist, Activist
Party Affiliation: Green

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Church of Life After Shopping

Founder of the Church of Stop Shopping, now known as the Church of Life After Shopping. Among the church's activities are touring America's shopping malls, most conspicuously on Buy Nothing Day -- better known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving -- singing anti-corporate Christmas carols, educating shoppers on the perils of ritual consumerism, and celebrating the First Amendment in song.

Addressing protesters at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh: "They are not operating on Earth time... They are accommodating the devil. To love democracy and to love the earth is to be a radical now."

Father: (banker)
Wife: Savitri Durkee

    High School: Green Bay, WI
    University: University of Wisconsin
    University: Franconia College, Franconia, NH

    Church of Life After Shopping (1997-)
    Founded Religion
    Trespassing New York University (Sep-2000)
    Visited Disneyland 25-Dec-2005
    Trespassing Disneyland (25-Dec-2005)
    Resisting Arrest Disneyland (25-Dec-2005)
    Trespassing (2007)
    Harassment Union Square, Manhattan (29-Jun-2007)
    Disorderly Conduct Union Square, Manhattan (2008)

    Occupy Love (7-Oct-2012) · Himself

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Author of books:
What Should I Do if Reverend Billy Is in My Store? (2002)
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

Is the subject of documentaries:
What Would Jesus Buy?, 2007

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