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Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir: Love, No Border

Joe's Pub

November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23

Ticket Price: $10-$15

Doors at 1:30PM
Show at 2PM

"A rollicking (but secular) Sunday afternoon church service out to save souls the old-fashioned way.  Stop the hand-wringing and start direct action." - The Village Voice 

"Part Brecht, part P.T. Barnum." - The New Yorker 

The activists-who-sing are back at Joe's Pub for an all-too-necessary revival. Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping Choir's newest performance piece "Love No Border" refers to the detainment of courageous Stop-Shopping Choir member, director of the New Sanctuary Coalition - and victim of Trump-era fear-mongering - Ravi Ragbir. Ravi and four other immigrant choir members of the troupe have either been forcibly deported or are actively fighting to stay.

In the work of the secular Church of Stop Shopping, the content of the group's songs, rituals and talks is not simply dramatic performance but activism in the field. In 2018, the director of the Church's performances, Savitri D, along with singers Monica and Dragonfly, were arrested occupying the silver globe at the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle. Before they were detained, they preached movingly about unethical deportation to thousands of onlookers below. In another recent action, six of the Choir's singers were arrested after confronting the prison vehicle carrying Mr. Ragbir from the federal building at Foley Square to ICE's Varick Street Detention Center. This summer, the Reverend and Choir led parades in Athens, Greece under the banner of #TouristsAgainstTrump, inspiring refugees and European tourists to dance together in the streets under the Acropolis. 

Throughout the five weeks of the Joe's shows, the Church of Stop Shopping will continue to offer concerts and prayers to undocumented families currently under sanctuary protection inside New York City churches.

In order to make these performances more accessible, especially for those who may have found 2018 not only intellectually and emotionally, but also financially draining, Joe's Pub has waived their table minimum policy for these matinees. While full-priced ticket purchase helps support the work that the Choir will do in 2019, discount $10 tickets for those that need them may be purchased with the code CHANGENOW.

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