Massive Crowd, Giant Blimp, Protests Trans-Pacific Partnership
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At Rock Against TPP Tour Kick-Off In Denver
A huge crowd of music fans and activists from across the political spectrum came together last night in Denver for the kick-of of the Rock Against the TPP tour to sound the alarm about the toxic Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
Tom Morello, legendary guitarist of Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, and Audioslave, was our headliner for the night.
The show featured an all-star lineup, hosted by actress Evangeline Lilly with performances from Anti-Flag, the Flobots, Downtown Boys, and more.
The show also featured speakers from a wide range of organizations opposing the TPP, including Food and Water Watch, Public Citizen, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, the Sierra Club, the Association of Flight Attendants, Conservation Colorado, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Standing Up for Racial Justice, United Steelworkers, Denver-based technology startup SecureSet, Communications Workers of America, Student Labor Action Project, and more. Of course, there were also crushing guitar solos.
Buzzworthy bilingual rockers Downtown Boys had the crowd in a frenzy.
Ahead of the concert, we held a rally outside the venue on an awesome truck with a stage that the Teamsters provided. Tom Morello addressed the excited crowd.
Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly also shared her passion, and explained the dangers of the TPP’s Investor State Dispute Settlement chapter.
The talented MCs of Platinum-selling Denver hip-hop group the Flobots lead some great chants. “You down with TPP? Hell no not me!”
Jonny 5 of the Flobots addressing a large crowd gathered outside Summit Music Hall, well before doors opened. The crowd swelled to over 1,000 by the concert’s start.
The Flobots and Anti-Flag lead the crowd in this epic finale for the rally before folks headed inside.
We flew a giant 25 foot Anti-TPP protest blimp over the venue ahead of the rally to make our message clear.
The blimp was pretty hard to miss.
It was also a bit tricky to get in the air. But it was worth it.
The day after the concert we held a teach-in, hosted by Evangeline Lilly, where people who had just learned about the TPP through the concert could get more information and plug in with local groups working to stop it.
Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer joined Tom Morello and friends for the finale of the show.
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For background on the Rock Against the TPP tour, see: https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2016-07-21-today-musicians-and-celebrities-kick-off/