What’s going on?
Right after the Novemeber election, Obama is going to try to get a lame duck Congress to decide the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an anti-democratic deal between 12 countries that was negotiated in complete secrecy by government officials and hundreds of corporate lobbyists. If it becomes law, the TPP would be the largest deal of its kind in history, and it poses a grave threat to good-paying jobs, internet freedom, the environment, access to medicine, food safety, and the future of freedom of expression.
What can we do about it?
The TPP text has already been finalized, but before it becomes law, U.S. Congress must approve it. With all the extreme secrecy and blatant corruption surrounding this deal, it’s not hard to see why voters from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose it. Even all the leading presidential candidates are against it! But pro-TPP members of Congress are still plotting to rush the TPP to a vote this Fall. They want to do it quietly. That’s why we need to get loud.
What is Rock Against the TPP?
Rock Against the TPP is a massive effort to sound the alarm about the toxic backroom deal that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Through a series of (free) large-scale educational concert events, protests, teach-ins, and trainings, we’ll reach thousands of people who haven’t heard about the TPP yet, and ignite a movement to stop it in its tracks. The tour is a partnership between viral internet freedom nonprofit Fight for the Future and Firebrand Records, the new freedom fighting record label co-founded by Ryan Harvey and Tom Morello.
Rock Against the TPP organizers are particularly concerned about sections in the TPP text that would restrict Internet freedoms Fight for the Future won with their hard fought battles to kill SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Bill) in 2012 and to force the Obama and FCC to approve Net Neutrality rule in 2015.
Although a majority of Americans oppose the TPP, too many still don’t know what it is – once it’s explained to them, most people oppose it.
For West Coast tour dates see Rock Against the TPP lineup
Featuring (among many others)
Line-ups at each stop vary, scroll down for a list of dates.
Incendiary rock guitarist, troubadour, and activist. Guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage. website
Internationally acclaimed hip hop emcee known as one of the world’s most accomplished lyricists, has collaborated with Kanye West, Pharell Williams, J Dilla, and more. website
Writer, activist, and Golden Globe nominated actress known for her roles in Lost, The Hobbit, The Hurt Locker, and Ant-Man. website
Legendary political punk band serving high-energy, fist pumping sing-along anthems. Equal parts circle pit and picket line. website
“One of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.”—New York Times website
Slack Rock guitarist renowned for punking world leaders and corporate media. Penned “Occupy” anthem (Rolling Stone). Hawaiian cultural ambassador. website
Beloved style-blending singer/songwriter on ANTI Records. website
Denver, Colorado’s revolutionary hip-hop act Flobots bring it on real with their signature anthems dedicated to creating a better world. website
Legendary revolutionary hip hop group from New York. website
Legendary punk singer and spoken word artist, ex-Dead Kennedys, co-founder of Alternative Tentacles. website