'Time to Get Loud': Rock Stars and Celebs Aim to Amplify Anti-TPP Fight

It’s “the least boring piece of news related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in ages,” according to one campaigner.

Celebrities including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, punk band Anti-Flag, and Lost actress Evangeline Lilly are mobilizing against the 12-nation, corporate-friendly deal—which has been exposed by multiple analyses as threatening the climate, labor protections, access to medicine, and human rights—with a nationwide series of activism-fueled music events starting next Saturday in Denver.

“Working people everywhere have had enough,” said Morello in a press statement. “The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That’s why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it’s time for us to get loud.”

And get loud they will, with the Rock Against the TPP roadshow, jointly organized by Morello’s new label, Firebrand Records, and digital rights group Fight for the Future. In addition to Denver, the tour will make stops in at least four yet-to-be-announced cities.

“The TPP is not a trade deal, it’s a corporate coup—an attack on the future of democracy and free speech,” said Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer. “People from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose it, and we’re going to fight not only to stop the TPP, but to make sure that decisions that affect all of us are never made behind closed doors in the future.”

Though the agreement is “at the heart” of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda—last week on the “Tonight Show,” the president declared he was “down with TPP”—it faces steep odds in Congress and widespread opposition from both the general public and presidential candidates.