Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan, Mississippi NAACP, Nissan workers and other supporters to tell Nissan “Labor Rights are Civil Rights” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Auto consumers will be urged to review the Do Better Nissan List at DoBetterNissan.org

(Detroit) – Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), an organization representing clergy, elected officials, civil rights activists and students in Mississippi, will be joined by Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Nissan workers and other supporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13 to launch a new campaign, “Tell Nissan: Labor Rights are Civil Rights,” and ask Nissan to agree to the Principles of a Fair Election.

Nissan workers and their community supporters have compiled the Do Better Nissan List to make auto consumers aware of Nissan’s unfair treatment of workers and to show Nissan that labor rights are civil rights. Nissan is denying workers a fair union election by using a campaign of intimidation and threats to discourage employees from considering a union. Nissan’s mistreatment of workers in Canton was outlined in an internationally released report in 2013 that documented how the company violates the international labor rights of its U.S. workers.

“Mississippi community leaders and supporters will travel to Detroit to tell Nissan and the world that labor rights are civil rights. Nissan builds great vehicles, but the company should respect the rights and dignity of its Mississippi workforce,” said Horace McMillon, MAFFAN member and Pastor of Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Miss.  MAFFAN was founded after Congressman Bennie Thompson called on Mississippi leaders to form a committee to stand up for Nissan workers.

Press conference speakers will urge auto consumers to go to DoBetterNissan.org and review the Do Better Nissan List to learn about the issues that Nissan workers want to address.

Who: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
Derrick Johnson, president, Mississippi NAACP
Dr. Isiac Jackson, Jr., MAFFAN Chair and President of General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi
Horace McMillon, MAFFAN member and Pastor of Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson, Miss.
Frank Figgers, MAFFAN member, civil rights and community organizer for One Voice
Rafael Martinez, Nissan worker, Canton, Miss.

When: Monday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. EST, complimentary lunch provided

Where: 601 Washington Blvd., HMSA Bldg, corner of Washington and Congress, Detroit, Mich., 48226

For more information, contact: Lauren Llewellyn, (804) 675-8153, Lauren.Llewellyn@padillacrt.com

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