Punk legend Jello Biafra, hip hop icons Dead Prez, Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia among participants in event protesting anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership deal
SAN FRANCISCO, CA––As the White House readies a final desperate push for the unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, large crowds turned out for the "Rock Against the TPP" tour stop in San Francisco over the weekend as part of a nationwide tour of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests featuring high profile musicians and celebrities.
See PHOTOS of the SF event available for use by press here: http://imgur.com/a/RLbo9
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The packed San Francisco concert at Regency Ballroom featured performances by hip hop icons Dead Prez, former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, and a wide range of other notable performers. The Rock Against the TPP tour has been drawing large crowds across the country all summer, with previous stops in Denver, San Diego, Seatte, and Portland amplified by well-known artists including Talib Kweli, actress Evangeline Lilly, punk band Anti-Flag, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, comedians Hari Kondabolu and Eric Andre, and ANTI-records songwriter Jolie Holland.
Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) and Ryan Harvey’s new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Backbone Campaign, Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America (CWA), CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, United Steelworkers.
"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about ‘free trade,’ it’s about corruption," said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future and lead organizer of the tour, "we’re harnessing the power of music and culture to sound the alarm about this corporate power grab and stop it in its tracks."
The tour stops next at a Canadian solidarity event in Toronto on September 16th featuring Anti-Flag and Rebel Diaz, and in Boston on Friday, October 7th featuring beloved indie-pop star Mirah and Ethiopian dance-pop troupe Debo Band. Additional tour dates are to be announced.
For more information see https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org
Video clip from Dead Prez headlining set at Rock Against the TPP in San Francisco (professional video coming soon.)