Black Friday

UM Press author declared not guilty of trespass charges from 2010 event

by University of Michigan Press November 1, 2011

University of Michigan Press author and activist/performance artist Reverend Billy Talen was found not guilty of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree on Thursday, October 20th. Talen and The Stop Shopping Choir, directed by Savitri D, entered the lobby of the UBS Bank in midtown Manhattan on Black Friday 2010 dressed as angels. Savitri D, Bill Talen and editor Alisa Solomon are the authors of The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping. Shortly after singing songs that highlighted the bank’s corrupt financial interest in coal extraction organizations using mountaintop removal, […]

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