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UPDATE: Celebrities Join Nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” Concert Tour, Raise Awareness About Toxic Trade Deal

Posted 17:43 EDT on August 11, 2016

For Immediate Release, August 11, 2016
Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, (978) 852-6457

Actress Evangeline Lilly, guitarist Tom Morello, hip hop icon Talib Kweli, punk band Anti-Flag, Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Others Participate in Free Concert and Teach-in Series to Protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Next week, August 19th-20th, as part of the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, prominent musicians, actors, comedians and celebrities will lead the charge in mobilizing to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The tour, which is the largest mobilization against the TPP in U.S. history, is comprised of a series of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests, in an effort to educate the public about the unpopular “trade” deal that has been a hot topic in the presidential election.

Lineups at each stop vary, with high-profile participants including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, hip hop icon Talib Kweli, Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly, Dead Kennedys founder Jello Biafra, comedian Hari Kondabolu, legendary punk band Anti-Flag, Hawaiian guitar hero Makana, Danbert Nobacon of the UK sensation Chumbawamba, Grammy winning Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia, ANTI records songwriter Jolie Holland, and bilingual rockers Downtown Boys.

See details for upcoming events at the links below:

August 19, Seattle, WA: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/seattle-wa
August 20 Portland, OR: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/portland-or
September 9, San Francisco, CA: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/san-francisco-ca

Organizers will be announcing additional dates soon.

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), his 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.

SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE.

For Interviews with Artists or Organizers, please contact Evan Greer at press@fightforthefuture.org or (978) 852-6457.

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

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PHOTOS: Chelsea Manning supporters deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures calling for no punishment following suicide attempt

Posted 14:18 EDT on August 10, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2016
Contact:
Christina DiPasquale, christina@balestramedia.com, 202-716-1953
Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, Bill Of Rights Defense Committee, and Care2 delivered petitions to the Secretary of the Army Wednesday morning, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks out in support of Manning

WASHINGTON, DC––This morning Chelsea Manning supporters delivered more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, calling for him to drop serious new charges faced by Ms. Manning as a direct result of her attempt to take her own life on July 5th. The petitions call for the military to provide Chelsea with adequate and humane treatment for both her gender dysphoria and her suicide attempt.  

See more photos of the petition delivery below.

On a press call following the delivery, Chelsea’s attorney at the ACLU, Chase Strangio, said: “Chelsea’s access to mental health care has been inconsistent. It is an ongoing concern of her attorneys and supporters that she is not getting adequate mental health care, particularly in light of the external forces that are destabilizing her mental health, like the service of these administrative charges against her and the ongoing investigation of those charges. It seems like the government is doing everything in their power to make her physical and mental condition worsen. Punishment for these charges could not only result in significant punishment, including indefinite solitary confinement, but also loss of access to the very things that connect Chelsea’s voice with the world.”

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, said, “No harm has resulted from Chelsea Manning’s disclosures. Not giving her the proper medical treatment and then adding on these charges for her suicide attempt would seem designed to break her down as a human being. These charges appear to me to be sadistic and outrageous.”

Ms. Manning attempted to take her own life in July after years of mistreatment in prison, and now the U.S. government is threatening to punish her further with serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt, which could lead to her being placed in indefinite solitary confinement, among other consequences. The 115,000 petition signatures came from petitions launched by grassroots activist groups supporting Chelsea: Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Care2.

Last year, a similar petition effort helped draw attention to Chelsea’s situation when she faced solitary confinement for minor prison “infractions” including possession of an expired tube of toothpaste.

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PRESS CALL WEDNESDAY: Daniel Ellsberg Joins Chelsea Manning Attorney and Supporters to Call for No Punishment for Her Suicide Attempt

Posted 09:07 EDT on August 9, 2016

Media Advisory For August 10, 2016

Contact:
Christina DiPasquale, christina@balestramedia.com, 202-716-1953
Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, and Care2 will deliver 100,000+ petition signatures to Secretary of the Army on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, DC––This Wednesday, August 10, Chelsea Manning supporters will host a press conference by phone at 12:00 noon EST on the charges faced by Chelsea Manning in connection to her suicide attempt and efforts being made by supporters demanding that Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning drop the charges against Ms. Manning, and provide her with adequate treatment for both her gender dysphoria and her suicide attempt.  

The press call will follow the delivery of more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army and will feature Chelsea’s attorney at the ACLU, Chase Strangio, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Fight for the Future’s campaign director, Evan Greer, who speaks to Chelsea on the phone regularly, and David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, who assisted with the physical delivery of the petitions to the Secretary of the Army.

To receive call-in details, RSVP to: christina@balestramedia.com or press@fightforthefuture.org

Ms. Manning attempted to take her own life after years of mistreatment in prison, and now the U.S. government is threatening to punish her further with serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt in July, which could lead to her being placed in indefinite solitary confinement, among other consequences. Signatures come from petitions launched by grassroots activist groups supporting Chelsea: Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, and Care2.

Last year, a similar petition effort helped draw attention to Chelsea’s situation when she faced solitary confinement for minor prison “infractions” including possession of an expired tube of toothpaste.

“Chelsea Manning is a human being who deserves to be treated with basic dignity and respect,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The U.S. government’s treatment of her will be remembered as one of the most shameful abuses of power in our nation’s history. Everyone who cares about human rights should be speaking out against this cruelty and injustice right now.”

“Adding additional punishment on top of Chelsea Manning’s already unjust sentence, and threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement for attempting to take her own life, is an egregious miscarriage of justice,” said Kate Kizer, campaigner at Demand Progress. “The government’s inhumane reaction to Ms. Manning’s attempted suicide is part of an ongoing pattern of mistreatment that appears to be an attempt to silence Chelsea’s important voice.”

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Nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” Celebrity Concert Tour to Comes to Portland

Posted 14:30 EDT on August 3, 2016

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2016      
Contact: Evan Greer, evangreer@gmail.com, 978-852-6457

Actress Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Hari Kondabolu, Makana, and more will lead free concert and teach-in to protest and raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership  

Portland, OR –Well known musicians, comedians, and celebrities will gather for a free concert event at Director Park on Saturday, August 20th from 5pm - 10pm. The lineup includes Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man), comedian Hari Kondabolu, popular punk band Anti-Flag, Hawaiian slack-key guitar legend Makana, Danbert Nobacon of UK sensation Chumbawamba, and buzzworthy bilingual rockers Downtown Boys.

The free event is part of the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, a series of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests mobilizing to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular, anti-democratic “trade” deal that has been a hot topic in the presidential election.

See a full lineup and details for the Portland stop here: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/portland-or

See PHOTOS & VIDEO for use by press here: https://medium.com/@fightfortheftr/photos-video-massive-crowd-giant-blimp-protests-trans-pacific-partnership-at-rock-against-the-1733f9ed1fa1 

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), his new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, and Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

WHEN: Saturday, August 20

WHAT: Free, festival-style concert featuring high profile performers and speakers from a wide range of organizations opposing the TPP. Food trucks. Beer garden. Kids games. 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Evangeline Lilly and TPP experts will host a free teach-in the following day, Sunday, August 21, at First Unitarian Church at 1:00pm.

WHO: Evangeline Lilly, Hari Kondabolu, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Makana, Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Son of Nun, Ryan Harvey, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, Evan Greer, and more.

WHERE: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

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August 19: Nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” Celebrity Concert Tour to Comes to Seattle

Posted 14:22 EDT on August 3, 2016
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For Immediate Release: August 3, 2016      
Contact: Evan Greer, evangreer@gmail.com, 978-852-6457

Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Hari Kondabolu, Makana, and more will lead free concert and teach-in to protest and raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership  

Seattle, WA – Internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will perform with a full live band at a free concert at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on August 19th from 6pm - 11:30pm, as part of the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, a series of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests mobilizing to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular, anti-democratic “trade” deal that has been a hot topic in the presidential election.

Other high profile participants in the August 19th event include Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man), comedian Hari Kondabolu, popular punk band Anti-Flag, Hawaiian slack-key guitar legend Makana, Danbert Nobacon of UK sensation Chumbawamba, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, and buzzworthy bilingual rockers Downtown Boys.

See a full lineup and details for the Seattle stop here: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/seattle-wa

PHOTOS & VIDEO for use by press available here: https://medium.com/@fightfortheftr/photos-video-massive-crowd-giant-blimp-protests-trans-pacific-partnership-at-rock-against-the-1733f9ed1fa1#.7qnmd3gmw 

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), his new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, and Washington Fair Trade Campaign.

WHEN: Friday, August 19

WHAT: The day will kick off at 5pm with a teach-in and training hosted by Evangeline Lilly, followed by the Rock Against the TPP concert from 6pm to 11:30pm.

WHO: Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Makana, Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Son of Nun, Ryan Harvey, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more.

WHERE: Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA (Map)

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

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