Actor Danny Glover and Mississippi Student Justice Alliance bring Nissan workers’ rights campaign to Howard University students

“Concerned Students for a Better Nissan College Tour” comes to Washington, D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Actor and activist Danny Glover and the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (MSJA) will make the final stop of the “Concerned Students for a Better Nissan College Tour” at Howard University on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The students and award-winning actor have held public rallies at select college campuses to mobilize support for Nissan workers in Canton, Miss., who want to organize a union without intimidation and threats from the company. They are coming to the nation’s capital to tell the country and the world about the issues that Nissan workers face.

The three-city university tour launched March 19 in Atlanta, where more than 200 students and community members from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Georgia State University attended. The Tour will also visit Nashville before coming to Washington, D.C., with the goal of engaging college students in the campaign to achieve a fair union election at Nissan. Events are being held at historically black colleges and universities and students from surrounding colleges are being invited to take part in the movement. Participants are sharing with the world how Nissan treats its employees in Mississippi who want a voice and the right to decide freely whether to have a union represent them. Danny Glover and MSJA members are signing up students at each of these universities to participate in campaign protests later this year in support of Nissan workers.

One of the reasons Glover has become involved in this campaign is because Nissan works with unions all over the world, except in the United States. “They have unions in South Africa and Japan. We’re only asking for workers to have the right to vote on a union and not face intimidation.”

The Mississippi Student Justice Alliance is a coalition of national and international students and student organizations who have pledged to stand with Nissan workers as they fight for justice and a voice in the workplace. They will be joined by a member of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), an organization representing clergy, elected officials, civil rights activists and students in Mississippi. A Nissan worker from Mississippi also will talk about what he’s been experiencing in the plant.

“As students who are about to enter the workforce, we cannot not stand by as Nissan treats its employees unfairly – it goes against our human rights as Americans,” said Tyson Jackson, executive chair, Mississippi Student Justice Alliance. “We are supporting the ‘Concerned Students for a Better Nissan College Tour’ because it will bring attention to Nissan’s threats and intimidation in Mississippi and provide justice to Canton workers.”

The MSJA was formed after students in Mississippi interned with the UAW Global Organizing Institute in summer 2012. They spent time with Nissan workers in Canton during home visits and meetings, and heard first-hand how they were being treated. They participated in several community meetings, student/labor events and auto shows raising awareness of Nissan workers’ efforts to obtain a fair union election. Today, the MSJA has more than 200 members in Mississippi, comprised of students from Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Hinds Community College and even some high schools, who are hosting forums, workshops and conferences to educate students about the issues that Nissan workers are facing.

The event is open to the public. Glover will address attendees and be available for interviews at the event.


Danny Glover, actor and activist

Kathy Sykes, member, Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan, and lead organizer, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance

Tyson Jackson, executive chair, Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (Tougaloo College)

Monica Atkins, executive member, Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (Jackson State University)

Joshua Dedmond, state chair, Mississippi Student Justice Alliance

Pablo Terraza, state chair, Florida Student Justice Alliance

Katrine Arnedo, state chair, Florida Student Justice Alliance

When:      Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 p.m. EST

Where:    Howard University

Blackburn Center Ballroom

2400 6th St NW

Washington, DC 20059

For more information, contact: Catherine Gryp, (804) 675-8141,                               

Mississippi Student Justice Alliance

Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan

P.O. Box 1674, Canton, MS 39046