This Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm, The Indypendent, its staff, volunteers and supporters, are going to be collectively granted sainthood in the Church of Stop Shopping by none other than the illustrious performerance artist and Indy advice columnist Reverend Billy Talen.
Each week during their annual holiday run at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street), the choir takes a moment to anoint groups and individuals that they deem to be doing, if not the Lord’s work, something good for the planet and the people on it. We are honored that they have chosen to recognize the many people without whom our rebel newspaper would not happen.
Past honorees include the New Sanctuary Coalition, ACT UP, SANE Energy, Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Street Vendors Project, The Point, Times Up, Amy Goodman, Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders.
“There is a serious pleasure we feel when we pick up a new Indypendent, it’s so unexpected that a radical free paper even exists! But there it is, and it’s so good!” said Reverend Billy and Savitri D., Director of the Church of Stop Shopping. “A community doing the work and taking the risks. We are grateful.”
“The Indy has become a unique voice in the New York City media landscape over the past 18 years and has been a labor of love for the many hundreds of artists, activists and independent journalists who have participated in the project,” said Indypendent Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder John Tarleton. “To have that collective effort honored by Billy, the choir and the Church of Stop Shopping community means a lot.”
“Leonard Cohen once remarked that a saint is someone who, far from flying with the angels, ‘traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape,” added Associate Editor Peter Rugh. “Well, that doesn’t sound all that different from the job of a reporter in these turbulent times.”
We hope you’ll join us. Discounted $10 tickets are available by entering the promo code CHANGENOW upon purchase.
Photo: The Stop Shopping Choir in action. Credit: Public Theater.