We use theater projects like The Church of Stop Shopping (www.revbilly.com) to energize neighborhood defense efforts including community gardens, labor advocacy and challenging the colonization of public space by private interests.
Each of our performances focuses on an issue: citizen gardens, community centers taken away from public use, creating locally accountable economies in neighborhoods, annual celebrations of artists and activists, etc.
Legal Challenge -- Our actions publicly challenge the privatization of community spaces we believe are vital to everyday life. Recent projects include "First Amendment Mobs," reciting the First Amendment en masse at the train station now at Ground Zero; Starbucks interventions in California which led to a trial with Starbucks beginning November 1st '04. We are using the trial as a means to educate Americans about the abuses of coffee workers in Central America, working with Global Exchange, USLEAP and the Organic Consumers Coalition.