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Friends of the Earth Rocks Against the TPP in San Francisco

Posted Sep. 8, 2016 / Posted by: Kate Colwell

BERKELEY, CALIF. - On Friday, September 9 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, Friends of the Earth will join actress Evangeline Lilly, and musicians for a free concert to highlight opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will soon be presented to Congress. Musical artists will include legendary New York hip hop group, Dead Prez, ex- Dead Kennedys punk singer Jello Biafra, Grammy winning LA Latin rock band La Santa Cecelia, Bay Area indie rock project Built for the Sea and others. Then, on Saturday, September 10, at San Francisco’s NWBLK gallery, Evangeline Lilly will host a teach-in and training session. The Rock Against the TPP events in San Francisco are part of a national series concerning the most environmentally dangerous trade deal you never heard of, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Doug 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 San Francisco, said:

The free concert and teach-in in San Francisco will effectively communicate to California Members of Congress 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 San Francisco!

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 Friday, September 9, the free  Rock Against the TPP concert will feature actress Evangeline Lilly, and legendary New York hip hop group, Dead Prez, ex- Dead Kennedys punk singer Jello Biafra, Grammy winning LA Latin rock band La Santa Cecelia, Bay Area indie rock project Built for the Sea, Puerto Rican vocalist Taina Asili, folksinger Ryan Harvey, riot-grrrl singer Bonfire Madigan, and others. On Saturday, September 10, at 1pm a teach-in will feature experts and local organizers.

When: Rock Against the TPP Concert & Rally, Friday, September 9, 2016, 6 pm - 11pm. How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In. Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1pm – 3pm.

Where: Rock Against the TPP Concert & Rally, Friday @ Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. 1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. Map

How to Fight the TPP: Teach-In & Training, Saturday@ NWBLK gallery at 1999 Bryant Street San Francisco. 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. 

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

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