Musicians, actors and activists are all coming together to protest a controversial trade-agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at a series of free concerts called Rock Against the TPP. The first concert will be in Denver this Saturday, July 23.
The TPP is a trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries. It has been criticized by many as being shrouded in secrecy and has even been called a back door deal. Most of the documents were leaked to the general public back in 2015. The biggest criticism about the TPP is that if it is approved, it will pose a threat to jobs, internet freedom, cost of medicine, food safety and even freedom of expression. Whereas the potential benefits could increase trade and the gross domestic product for all countries in the TPP over the next 14 years.
The goal of Rock Against the TPP is to educate people TPP and start a movement to stop congress from approving it. The events will be put on by non-profit organizations Fight for the Future and Firebrand Records.
Many notable acts will be part of Rock Against the TPP including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Golden Globe Nominated actress Evangeline Lilly, Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit from Flobots, punk band Anti-Flag and many more.
The TPP has already been finalized and is awaiting ramification by the U.S. Congress. If you want to take part of Rock Against the TPP, you can visit their website to sign the petition or head over to the completely free concert in Denver at The Summit Music Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., but there will be a rally beforehand at 5 p.m. The tour will also be heading to San Diego, Portland and Seattle.
Collegian Music Critic Alec Erickson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @CTV_ACE.