Tom Morello to Headline Shows Protesting Trans-Pacific Partnership
Most music fans probably aren't aware of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that was signed earlier this year. Tom Morello opposes the agreement, and will be headlining what's described as a "nationwide uprising and concert tour" to protest the TPP.
Organized by Morello's record label Firebrand and the digital-rights organization Fight For the Future, the tour will kick off July 23 in Denver, Colo. with a free show at the Summit Music Hall. In addition to Morello, other performers include Anti-Flag, actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Flobots and Downtown Boys.
The TPP has its supporters, with a statement on the White House website saying, "With the TPP, we can rewrite the rules of trade to benefit America's middle class. Because if we don't, competitors who don't share our values, like China, will step in to fill that void."
However, Fight for the Future describes it as a "toxic deal," and Morello says, "Working people everywhere have had enough. The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That's why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it's time for us to get loud."
"This fight against the TPP is not about right and left, it's about right and wrong," Lilly says. "Whatever you're passionate about, whether it's human rights, Internet freedom, climate change or food safety, the TPP is a bad deal for humanity, and a threat to the future of democracy. The more people learn about the TPP, the less they like it. It's our responsibility to sound the alarm, before it's too late."
Exact details for the rest of the trek have not yet been announced. They are planning events during the weekends of July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 19.
Morello will also be busy this summer with the Prophets of Rage tour. The band, which features the instrumental section of Rage Against the Machine along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, launches the tour Aug. 19 in Fairfax, Va.
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