Young activists continue the student legacy of civil rights advocacy during 1964’s Freedom Summer by rallying for workers’ labor rights at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, with actor and activist Danny Glover, community supporters and civil rights veterans


Danny Glover stands with student activists supporting Nissan workers

Participants came to the South to support labor rights for Nissan workers as called for by the late mayor of Jackson, Chokwe Lumumba 

(CANTON) – Student activists from the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (MSJA), Youth Congress and Concerned Students for a Better Nissan (CSBN) led Nissan workers, supporters from the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN) and actor and activist Danny Glover in a rally at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, today, demanding that Nissan allow a fair union election and respect the civil and labor rights of workers by stopping anti-union intimidation and threats of workers who want to form a union. The rally, with the theme Tell Nissan: Labor Rights are Civil Rights, was part of the celebration of Freedom Summer’s 50th Anniversary in Jackson.

Students came to the South for the event to emphasize the connection between the struggle for workers’ rights at Nissan and the student-led civil rights fight of Freedom Summer 50 years ago. The event also was held in honor of the late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, a veteran civil rights activist and supporter of Nissan workers, who called for the rally.

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