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.



Reverend Billy & Avella Featured in City Limits

1 07 2009

Though City Councilman Tony Avella and “Reverend” Billy Talen have an uphill battle to beat Goliath this fall, they’re banking on grassroots dissent against Bloomberg to propel their bids for office. > By Jarrett Murphy

Full Story

You can come out tomorrow night (Wednesday July, 1st)  at 7pm and train for a half an hour at Reverend Billy Headquarters to gather petitions to get him on the Ballot! VoteRevBilly.Org

Reverend Billy Talen – A Voice For Every New Yorker!


A Voice for the Neighborhoods! A Voice for Coney Island! A Voice for Union Square! A Voice for you 1st Amendment Rights! A Voice for an uncommercialized New York City with an emphasis on environmental responsibility!


Local SoHo neighborhood businessmen and supporters of the Vote Rev Billy campaign for New York City Mayor on the Green Party ticket.


As Mayor of New York City, Rev Billy Talen wants to represent Richard St. Arromand.


As Mayor of New York City, Rev Billy Talen wants to represent Lamont Hutchinson.

All photographs are copyright of the Reverend Billy For Mayor Campaign and are used in good faith without permission. Please Contact the Blog owner if there is any infringement.


Reverend Billy Talen For Mayor of NYC Zine & Petition Training

30 06 2009

Reverend Billy Talen, Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City 2009, has released a Zine! in support of his campaign! How cool is that!?


Buttons are available at the headquarters at  250 Lafayette, 10012 and petition training to help get the Rev on the Ballot is this Wednesday July 1st at 7pm.  More Information at


Events For Activists 6/23-6/28

23 06 2009

You can visit the Stella D’oro picket line Monday – Friday. They are on the picket line every day in front of the Stella D’ oro plant, W. 237th St. & Broadway in the Bronx.

Tuesday June 23rd

Mass Call & Email for TROY DAVIS!!!!!

On June 25, the Supreme Court will conference to decide whether to allow a court to hear Troy Davis’s case. If the court rules against him, Chatham County, Georgia District Attorney Larry Chisolm will have a decision to make. Either he can reopen Troy’s case and let his evidence of innocence be heard, or he can perpetuate an injustice and seek another death warrant for Troy. On Tuesday, June 23, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on people around the country and around the world to call, fax and email Chisolm to seek justice, and remind him that we are watching to see what he will do.
Call, fax, and email Chatham County D.A. Larry Chisolm June 23. Let him know that we want him to re-open Troy Davis’s case. We expect him NOT to seek yet another execution date.

Phone: (912) 652-7308
(912) 652-7328 & (912) 447-5396

National Day of Action Against Wells Fargo at Wachovia, Broadway and Grand, 5 p.m List of Events Around the Nation. Force Wells Fargo & Wachovia to make good on the loans that the UE are counting on. More information on the dispute can be found at

Take Back WBAI organizer meeting @ 7PM District 1707 Union Hall 75 Varick Street – just North of Canal (Varick = 7th Ave south) 14th floor

At the Brecht Forum at 7:30pm:


Co-sponsors: Gloves Off Collective, Social Watch & Others TBA

Towards a People-Centered Economy

Alternative Responses to the Crisis

With: Diana Aguiar, International Gender and Trade Network
Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies
Larry Holmes, Bail Out the People Movement
Arjun Karki, LDC Watch
Pedro Paez, Ex-Minister of Economic Coordination, Ecuador and member of Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System
Jana Silverman, Social Watch (moderator)
Steve Suppan, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy and Our World is Not for Sale Network

Wednesday June 24th

Join the New York City Community Gardens Coalition for an action at  City Hall at 10am. The Coalition warns that our city gardens are not safe – come to the hearing to defend this public space.

Petition Training at 7pmReverend Billy HQ for his Mayoral Campaign. Details at Vote Rev Billy.

Gay Liberation Front Panel with original members of the movement  at 6 p.m., at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building South Court Auditorium, Fifth Avenue and West 42nd Street, 917 ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975). Details at the LGBT@NYPL website.

Bail Out the People Organizers Meeting at 6:30pm at the Solidarity Center. Solidarity Center, 55 W. 17th Street, 5th Floor.
Phone 212-633-6646. Email:

Iran Election Protest Union Square Park 7pm – 10pm. More information at the event’s Facebook page.

Thursday June 25th

Iran Interrupted at 7pm. A free reading with Columbia University Professor Hamid Dabashi.  More information at Alwan For The Arts.

Professor Dabashi offers a reading of Iran that goes beyond the cliches of a country caught between a belligerent medieval tradition and an alien modernity to a more historical and culturally multifaceted approach.

Friday June 26th

Trans (Transgender) Day Of Action rally @3pm in Union Square & march at 4pm heading to Sheridan Square. Full details at

MNYRCAT is marking the U.N. International Day for the Survivors and Victims of Torture with a public witness at Union Square that will be followed by a procession to the Friends Meeting House for our Interfaith Service of Prayer.  At our public witness, we will be collecting signatures on petitions calling for a Commission of Inquiry to ensure U.S.-sponsored torture never happens.

2.30 p.m. Public Witness at the Gandhi Statue at Union Square

3.30 – 4.30 p.m. Interfaith Service at the 15th Street Friends Meeting House
(15 Rutherford Place, East 15th between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Participate in the Public Witness. Please bring a sign that says, “Say No to Torture. Truth Commission Now.” Please bring extra signs, if possible, for those who may not have one.

Amnesty International

A Call to Action: NYC Rally to Protest Post Election Violence in Iran!
Columbus Circle
(at the start of Central Park Merchants’ Gate: West 59th St.)
Friday, June 26th, 2009
6:30PM – 8:30PM
W/Amnesty Intl – Executive Director

Saturday June 27th

“Our Future is Unwritten”  Organizing Conference
A Joint NYC/Northern NJ Socialist Party Organizing Conference

A Speaker from the Domestic Workers United
A Speaker from the striking Stella D’oro Workers Union
Jonas Sjostedt – Swedish Left Party
Bill Weinberg – WBAI’s Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade
Bola Aribidesi – Elderly Rights Activist
Rob Hollander – anti-gentrification organizer, Save the Lower East Side
Zelig Stern – New School Occupier and Single-payer activist

Free & Open To The Public Starting at Noon  at 339 Lafayette Street (corner of Bleecker) Buzzer #11

Sunday June 28th

The one, the only, the legendary NYC Pride Parade starting at Noon.

Volunteer Petitoners Wanted

Norman Siegel, former director of the NYCLU, and candidate for Public Advocate is a strong advocate for 1st amendment rights – Check out his views on the issues here: you can also check out a profile of him in last weeks issue of City Limits.

Yetta Kurland, a lawyer, is running against Christine Quinn for City Council. Check out And if you’re not convinced we need a replacement for Quinn check out this damning video:

Tax Day Protests New York City 2009

14 04 2009

At 8am there will be a press conference outside the main post office on 8th Ave. in Manhattan with NORML and a check for the estimated amount of tax money that would be  generated by the legalization of Marijuana at their Marijuana Consumers Demand to Pay Taxes! events. 

The group will symbolically present the check at 4:20pm with NORML supporters. Head officials from the group, including president Allen St. Pierre, will be in attendance. 

The steps of the General Post Office in Manhattan
441 Eighth Ave 
New York, NY


Code Pink, Reverend Billy and other groups will gather at AIG to protest the sale of the headquarters and demand the money made be used to pay back their debt to taxpayers. The group invites you to bring your tax form as proof of ownership!

12 Noon
AIG Headquarters, 70 Pine St, NYC 


Marriage Equality New York, Civil Rights Front and Empire State Pride Agenda  will demand equal treatment at their Equal Taxes, Equal Rights rally also at the main post office in the city from 5:30-7:30pm


Bail Out the People will assemble at the post office in the evening as well, contact the group for more information. 

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.

Reverend Billy Wins 1st Amendment Lawsuit

1 04 2009

Reverend Billy Talen Declares Victory Over Bloomberg Censor Squad

By Alan Gray, NewsBlaze

Favorably Settles 1st Amendment Lawsuit Against NYPD

NEW YORK – Mar. 31, 2009 – City Hall was brought to heel last week by Mayoral Candidate and televangelist gadfly Reverend Billy Talen, as they paid out $23,000.00 to settle the wrongful arrest of the Rev in Union Square in June 2007.

Read the Full Story At