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reverend billy targeted by the new york police

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Greenhorns —

Most of you know that I have been targeted by the New York police.  It’s a dispiriting turn of events, but after traveling to Ferguson twice last fall, the second time with the Stop Shopping Choir, I shouldn’t be surprised at what’s happened.

But I am surprised.  Hand-cuffed in mid-speech in Grand Central Terminal, then lied about in the press – yes I am surprised and disappointed.  The people who said that our mayor “has blood on his hands” after a completely crazy person shot two police-men – these spokespersons for police are simply dangerous.  They use the Murdoch press against people and slander is their bill in trade.

When I found in the papers that I “attacked a policeman” –  I looked at my four year old daughter Lena and then I went to the window and looked at my neighborhood.  I have police families who live nearby and they are reading that I attacked one their own?  Even without witnesses, videotape evidence or even the willingness of the District Attorney to press charges – they would endanger me in this way.  And now Lena has nightmares…

It’s a wonder that I’ve been an activist for so long without this kind entrapment.  Maybe the humor and music in our approach to protest has protected me. Ultimately, I’ll grow from this. Our singing activism will be braver.  

And Choir has been wonderful.  I’m so lucky to have these friends.  And many of you have reached out to us.  Thank you. 

Here is my new Freakstorm, Radical Forgiveness in Grand Slander Station.  


P.S. Anyone who wishes to know more about our lawsuit against New York City authorities for violation of free speech and defamation, please contact Marnie Glickman at or 415-259-7121. Likewise anyone who wishes to inquire about future protests against police violence.

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