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Friends of the Earth Rocks Against the TPP in Portland

Posted Aug. 19, 2016 / Posted by: Kate Colwell

PORTLAND, OREGON - On Saturday, August 20 in Portland Oregon’s Director Park, Friends of the Earth will join actress Evangeline Lilly, and musicians Anti-Flag (acoustic), comedian Hari Kondabolu, Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, and others for a free concert to highlight opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will soon be presented to Congress. On Sunday, August 21, at Portland’s First Unitarian Church a teach-in & training will be hosted by Evangeline Lilly. The Rock Against the TPP events in Portland are part 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 events 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 Oregon 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 Portland!

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, Sierra Club and others. All events are free.

What: On Saturday, August 20, a  Rock Against the TPP concert featuring Anti-Flag (acoustic), comedian Hari Kondabolu,  Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, and others. The event at Director Park is free. On Sunday, August 21, at 1pm a teach-in & training hosted by Evangeline Lilly will be held at the First Unitarian Church, in Portland.

When: Rock Against the TPP Concert & Rally, Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5pm - 10pm. How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In & Training hosted by Evangeline Lilly. Sunday, August 21,2016, 1pm.

Where: Rock Against the TPP Concert & Rally, Saturday @Director Park
815 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR. How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In & Training, .Sunday@ First Unitarian Church, Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon, Portland OR.

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. 

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Expert contacts:
Doug Norlen in Portland, (202) 465-1650, dnorlen@foe.org
Bill Waren in Washington, D.C., (202) 222-0746, wwaren@foe.org

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