Friends of the Earth Rocks Against the TPP in Seattle
SEATTLE, WASH. – On Friday, August 19 in Seattle, Friends of the Earth will join actress Evangeline Lilly, and musicians Talib Kweli, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Downtown Boys, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more for a free Rock Against the TPP teach-in and concert. The Seattle event is one of a series of rock concerts and teach-ins concerning the most environmentally dangerous trade deal you never heard of, the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Douglas Norlen, the director of economic policy at Friends of the Earth, who will speak at the event and lead the Friends of the Earth delegation in Seattle, said:
This free concert is fun and educational. Most importantly, it effectively communicates to Members of Congress from the State of Washington that a vote for the TPP is a vote for climate destruction. The TPP would ramp up global warming by increasing U.S. coal, oil and gas exports to the world. TPP would also allow climate polluters to turn to secretive international tribunals where they can sue governments for billions. TransCanada is using a similar provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement to sue the U.S. for $15 billion for stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Friends of the Earth will continue to rock against the TPP until this unjust corporate power grab is dead in the water.
Rock Against the TPP in Seattle!
Who: Rock Against the TPP is organized by Fight for the Future, an internet freedom group, Friends of the Earth, the Communications Workers, Public Citizen, Citizens Trade Campaign, and others. All events are free for all ages, and wheelchair accessible. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
What: Ateach-in & training hosted by Evangeline Lilly and a Rock Against the TPP concert featuring Talib Kweli,, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Downtown Boys, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more. The event at Showbox SoDo is free.
When: 5PM How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In & Training hosted by Evangeline Lilly. RSVP here. 6PM – 11:30PM Rock Against the TPP concert featuring Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Downtown Boys, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more.
Where: Showbox SoDo 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA (Map)
Why: The TPP is not so much about trade as it is about deregulation and forcing governments to pay global corporations and wealthy investors for the cost of complying with environmental and other public interest safeguards.