Street Preacher Reverend Billy and Choir Director Charged With Rioting After Toad-Hat-Wearing Protest in a Chase Bank
Two New York activists are facing a battery of misdemeanor charges, including rioting, for a fifteen-minute musical protest they staged at a Chase Bank in Midtown last month. They were wearing toad hats at the time.
Photo by Eric McGregor. Image via Facebook. Reverend Billy and the choir mid-protest. Nehemiah Luckett is at left in the yellow shirt.
For more than a decade, Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir were mostly concerned with, you know, shopping, wading into Macy's and Victoria's Secret and the Times Square Toys R Us to stage mock-religious revivals against consumerism. In recent years, the choir's activism has focused less on individual greed than on the corporate kind, with a special focus on business practices that ruin the environment.
"The shopping that matters most now is dirty coal, mountaintop removal, fracking and tar sands," Reverend Billy writes on the group's Facebook page. And for the past four years, the choir has also been staging protests at banks around the city, saying they're partly responsible for ruining the planet, particularly banks who finance that mountaintop removal, a controversial form of coal-mining.
As you can imagine, Reverend Billy gets arrested a lot.More »