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Rev. Billy Talen and the anarchists

This AP article says that several hundred people have been protesting at the G-20 summit currently underway in Pittsburgh. The reporters, Daniel Lovering and Michael Rubinkam, write that

The hundreds of marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.

The article goes on to illustrate several other signs that anarchists were involved, such as American flags and “Don’t tread on me” banners.

Near the end of the article Lovering and Rubinkam report that

The march had begun at a city park, where an activist from New York City, dressed in a white suit with a preacher’s collar, started it off with a speech through a bullhorn.

“They are not operating on Earth time. … They are accommodating the devil,” he said. “To love democracy and to love the earth is to be a radical now.”

The activist, Billy Talen, travels the country preaching against consumerism. He initially identified himself as “the Rev. Billy from the Church of Life After Shopping.”

That of course would be our Rev. Billy, candidate for Mayor of New York City.

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Allegheny Greens Organize for Pittsburgh Protest

The Green Party of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania has announced that it is working with other progressive organizations to organize a demonstration and other activities in response to a meeting of the G-20 that will take place in Pittsburgh on September 24th and 25th this year. The Allegheny Greens write,

“The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors represents the world’s economic leaders, intimately connected to the most powerful multi-national corporations that dominate the global economy. Their neo-liberal policies have squandered billions on war, plunged economies into deep recessions, worsened social, economic and political inequality, and polluted the earth. We believe a better world is possible.”

The Allegheny Greens will take part in a People’s Summit being planned for September 19th, 20th and 21st. On September 25th, the Greens will join others in a march of protest against the activities of the G-20.

Updated information on the activist events can be found at the Thomas Merton Center.