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Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir present OUR GRIEF IS A CRY FOR PEACE, September 11, 2002.

CONTACT: Basem Aly, 718 398 0003 or Revbilly@revbilly.com


What: An hour of singin' and testifyin' for peace groups active in New York since 9/11, including The War Resisters' League, Not In Our Name, The Peace Action of New York State, The Peace Action of Staten Island, Artists Network Refuse and Resist, and more…

Where: St. Mark's in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, at 2nd Avenue, in the Village of New York City

Who: Reverend Billy, the creation of performance artist Bill Talen, will MC the event.

When: 9:00 PM, September 11th, 2002

Cost: FREE, no reservations

Reverend Julio Torres of St. Mark's in the Bowery will welcome the assembled

The effort to avoid the course that has been taken by George Bush et al is now a year old, as peaceful Americans understood quickly that a kind of war would result from the tragedy of September 11th. The phrase "Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War" summed up both the feelings of peace activists but also anticipated the jingoism of the Bush rhetoric. Peace workers are in need of encouragement. By the evening of the anniversary day they will have been vigiling, shouting, carrying signs all day and walking up to the uncommitted with literature and heartfelt explanations. They will have worked hard, as they have all year. They deserve our thankful Halleluhiahs and applause. We will buoy up their spirits with some great gospel and blues, and ask them to not stop now.

The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir is conducted by Mother Dee Spencer. Choreography is by James Solomon Benn. The Musical Director and composer/arranger of the songs is Brother William Henry. Lyrics are by Bill Talen. Featured soloist: Derrick McGinty.

Church organist is Rick Ulfick. Theatrical directors are Vera Veren and Tony Torn.

The Church of Stop Shopping will become a national cable show this fall, broadcast through Free Speech TV via the Dish Network. "What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is In My Store" will be published by The New Press in March of 2003.

More information is available on www.revbilly.com