Add rock stars — including socially conscious guitarist Tom Morello — to the list of those opposed to the politically charged Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty Congress has yet to ratify.
Morello, a founding member of the activist band Rage against the Machine who is currently storming across the country on the Prophets of Rage’s “Make America Rage Again” tour , is pulling double duty this summer as co-creator of the nascent Rock Against the TPP movement .
The group is adamant about not allowing the spectacle of the 2016 presidential election to distract from the issue.
“We think that it’s really important … that Congress isn’t able to sneak this through while nobody’s paying attention,” Fight for the Future spokesman Evan Greer said.
Their solution: hosting a series of high-profile shows and teach-ins in “areas where TPP would have a disproportionate impact.”
“These events are about mobilizing people,” Greer said.
The kickoff concert is scheduled for July 23 at Summit Music Hall in Denver; the initial line-up includes: Morello, Greer, Anti-Flag, members of the Flobots, Downtown Boys, Ryan Harvey, Taina Asili, Son of Nun and Lia Rose.
Actress Evangeline Lilly has been tapped to emcee the shows and is expected to participate in the corresponding activist recruiting program.
Greer declined to name the acts expected to fill-in on future dates (free shows are scheduled for every weekend in August).
“The line-ups are going to vary drastically in each city,” was all he would say.
Per Greer, no sitting politicos have expressed interest in participating — “It hasn’t come up quite yet,” he said — but they are certainly welcome to reach out.
He didn’t rule out visiting the nation’s capital. Though Greer suggested such a show is unlikely to happen before the fall.