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Student Activists Lead Nissan Workers in Rally

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Rally at Nissan plant in Canton. Rally at Nissan plant in Canton.
CANTON, Miss. - Students a part of activist organizations lead some  Nissan workers in a rally at the plant Friday, demanding that the company allows a fair union election and for them to respect the civil and labor rights of workers.

Actor Danny Glover was also in attendance.

The students want Nissan to stop anti-union intimidation and threats of workers who want to form a union.  Mississippi Student Justice Alliance, Youth Congress and Concerned Students for a Better Nissan, and members of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan all participated in the rally.

The rally was also part off the celebration of the Freedom Summer's 50th Anniversary in Jackson.

Students came to 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.

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