Working Families Party Excludes Rev Billy From Forum

3 07 2009

Last night the Working Families Party of New York held a forum for mayoral candidates in the city. But one prominent candidate was missing from the forum: NYC Icon and Green Party Candidate Reverend Billy Talen.

The forum hosted Bloomberg, Thompson, & Avella, but Billy Talen who stated via Twitter that he did, in fact, apply for the forum – was not processed as a participant.

The WFP responded on Twitter that the forum was for candidates who applied.

I was given the following information by the WFP when I, as an independant citizen, inquired via email the day of the event why my personal candidate of choice wasn’t being included:

Thank you for checking in with us about that. Please know that our Forum is for those candidates seeking the WFP endorsement. This is a long process that Rev. Billy did not choose to participate in – it’s not a question of leaving him out on purpose.

It’s easy to think that we excluded him on purpose, but our Forum is not a ‘nonpartisan’ event aimed at evaluating all candidates. It’s a WFP forum for those seeking our support.

I hope you’ll continue to be supportive of our work!




Completely Bogus! You can bet I no longer support the WFP. If they’ll give misinformation about this then god knows what else they’ll lie about!

Rev Billy’s Statements:
Meanwhile a blogger at  No Power Grab, believes the WFP might even endorse Bloomberg:
Given the sketchy nature of the WFP’s concealment of ignoring the good Rev I could almost believe it.



Cynthia Mckinney Threatend By Israeli Naval Ship

30 06 2009
Just before leaving, originally uploaded by freegazaorg.

Update IV: Emergency Protest Wednesday 4-6pm @ Israeli Mission 800 2nd Ave. @ 43rd Street

Update III: Greenparty Watch features latest on Israel/McKinney Situation by WBAI in Exile:

And Next Left Notes reports from the Charles Barron Press Conference about the situation @ The UN today:

Update II:

IAC Petition for Cynthia McKinney:


Cynthia Mckinney & those aboard the Spirit of Humanity have been taken by the Israeli Navy – Code Pink Condems the action:

WASHINGTON —  After this morning’s Israel’s abduction of 21 human rights workers, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, from their aid ship to Gaza while in international waters, the women’s peace group CODEPINK calls on the Israeli government to immediately release the passengers on the ship, the Spirit of Humanity, part of the “Free Gaza” movement, as well as for release of the boat and its humanitarian cargo.  CODEPINK also calls on the Obama administration to condemn the Israeli action in the strongest terms.

Click text above to read the full statement on Code Pink’s Website

Green Party Watch is reporting that former presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has been stopped in her effort to give aid to Gaza. An Israeli naval ship has has cornered off the “Spirit of Humanity” ship and intermittently jammed the navigation system calling providing Gaza with aid illegal.

The ship McKinney is on has had to navigate using a compass and is trying to remain in international waters. Earlier McKinney had requested anyone recieving this notice contact the White House after the Israeli ship threatend to fire. More information can be found  at:


Also please follow the group on Twitter for updates:

CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at:
Tel + 972 5 781 86248 or +972 3737 7777 or +972 3737 6242
Fax +972 3737 6123 or +972 3737 7175

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
Tel +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
Tel +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148


May Day 2009: Read Us Loud & Clear

25 04 2009

While The Economist asks “Could This Be The Year For Immigration Reform? a movement stronger than ever will commence May Day Rallies for immigrant and workers rights will be held on May 1st at Union Square Park at Noon with the May 1st Coalition (related article in the Indypendent),  The New York Immigrant Coalition rally will begin at 1:30pm in Madison Square Park, and the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops will gather at 2pm in Roosevelt Park in Chinatown. 

Check out this article from the NYPL for local history of Mayday or visit for a more national perspective. 

Also on Mayday…
Brecht Forum
Walking the Winding Streets of Havana Street Photographs 2008 Photography by Ana Ratner & Jacob Ratner


Saturday, May 2, 7:00pm 

In Our Hands Is Placed a Power: 
A May Day celebration of labor firebrands in story and song 
Dramatic eyewitness accounts, original newspaper records and folk music bring to life the history of workingclass heroes from the 1886 fight for the 8-hour day to the “Bread and Roses” rebellion of immigrant women textile workers to today’s battling Stella D’oro Bronx cookie factory strikers.

A “Feast of Many Lands” Buffet will be served at 6:00pm for a $9 donation.  Door donation is $3.  The event will be held at Freedom Hall, 113 West 128th St., Harlem (between Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. and 7th Ave., subways 2 or 3; 4, 5 or 6 to 125th St.). Childcare will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Freedom Socialist Party.

For more information, please call (212) 222-0633 or email


The Union – Non-Union Gap – Elaine Bernard, Harvard 


Labor News From Around the Globe: 

EDF Strikers Cut Power To French Homes

Russian Factory Bets On A Market for a Mobile Water Cannon That Dampens Dissent



Green Party Candidate for Mayor Reverend Billy spends some time with striking Stella D’oro Workers & CCNY Students. Image Property of  Brennan Cavanaugh & The Rev Billy Campaign

Related Article: Rev. Billy on a Roll in WSJ, at NYU and New Campaign HQ

The Weekend in NYC Activism in Pictures

5 04 2009

Check out the Pope Condom by the International Women’s Health Coaltition.  Speaking of religious leaders…



Photo By John Quilty

Green Party Mayoral Candidate Reverend Billy  denounced the state supreme court decision to let a restaurant occupy the Union Sqaure Pavilion.

Just like Rev Billy Otis Redding was hip to water conservation check out You Don’t Miss Your Water (Till It’s Gone)

Billy And also attended a protest on Wall Street with thousands of other people and groups nationwide including United For Peace & Justice and Code Pink.

rebillyapril4Check out the whole set of April 4th  by Protest Photos1 on Flickr

3pillow4Pillow Fight on Wall Street April 4th, 2009 By John @ Gothamist –Full Story

 I am proud of this group for coordinating this effort to make it politically meaningful.

The NYPD took their own footage of the event


One Arrest: 



 They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven! Pave-
              ments, trees, radios, tons! lifting the city to
              Heaven which exists and is everywhere about

Bail Out The People March on Wall Street April 3rd-4th, 2009
Photo: IsisDC on Flickr
Video April 3rd, 2009
Sandra Hines and Derrick Grigsby of the Moratorium Now! Coalition to 
Stop Foreclosures and Evictions protesting.
Moratorium Now:
iheartiowa2Photo by Joshua H. on Flickr
checklistBy Brittany Travis Flickr
Marriage Equality New York & Civil Rights Front April 3rd, 2009 
Union Square Park - Celebrating the victory for gay civil rights 
in America as Iowa legislature announced it legalized same 
sex unions that day.

Holy Water

27 03 2009


Mayoral Candidate Reverend Billy took some time to reflect on the church’s recent Blessing of the Water event that brought awareness to plans to drill for natural gas in the watershed Upstate on World Water Day 2009. This isn’t all Bill Talen has done to raise awareness about water this year he also participated in Think Outside the Bottle. Here’s a very informative interview with TOTB


Let The Water Speak 

The Church of Life After Shopping, the singers and I, were the performers that afternoon. People came to see us.  On the other hand, all of us watched the water, the clouds and waves.  We were listening.  We were guests of the water for an hour on that pier out over the Hudson River.  

World Water Day, March 22, was the original mover of our “Blessing of the Water Picnic.” And another thing – it was an early outing in my candidacy for Mayor of New York City.   But what got the crowd there was “fracking,” – the process by which a chemical cocktail is injected into underground shale to drive the natural gas toward Halliburton’s suction, shipment and storage.  This extraction poisons the water around it, as the citizens with the falling-out hair and flammable tap-water have noted… 


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Green Party Candidate Kick-Off Tonight

27 03 2009

David Pechefsky is running for city council in the 39th district and Mayoral candidate Reverend Billy will be there to speak at the fundraiser. 


David Pechefsky 
Come to a kick-off party for Green Party Candidate for City Council District 39.


 Barbès, 376 9th Street at 6th Avenue in Brooklyn


 Friday, March 27, 6:00–7:30 PM

appetizers, cash bar

 Suggested Donation: $25 / $50 / $75 / $175*

*gets the maximum in public matching funds




Reverend Billy Announces Candidacy For Mayor

1 03 2009

Reverend Billy of the Church of Life After Shopping officially announced his candidacy for Mayor of the City of New York on March 1st in the park he has fought for, Union Square Park, in NYC.


l_bb29772e9d0740d7b5d80f5d13a9e1eeImage from Rev. Bill Talen’s Myspace Page. Click the Image.


Talen is running as a Green Party Candidate. He and Savitri D. are doing a tour of prisons in the city before they talk about immigration at their March 8th show at the Highline Ballroom. Check out his election website to get involved!


Related Links: Brooklyn Green Party



Image Courtesy of Random Deanna on Flickr