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Nissan Truth Tour

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Grammy award winning rap artist and actor Common performed at Jackson State University Friday night.  He has been an outspoken supporter of a group of Mississippi Nissan workers along with actor and activist Danny Glover.  The workers are fighting to form a union at the Canton plant.

Common and Glover want to involve more students in the effort. The concert is part of what Concerned Students for a Better Nissan Coalition calls a multi-city Nissan Truth Tour.      Organizers say it will highlight the intimidation and threats pro-union workers face at the Canton facility.

"I think all workers especially at Nissan, we need a voice in our workplace," said Nissan production technician James Brown. "People are experiencing a lot of different things, a lot of change. There is no real consideration. They may come out and hold a few focus group meetings and talk with employees a little bit, but then they just go their own way and do what they want to do."

"We'll be in Nashville, Miami, Atlanta all of this on behalf, building momentum, building solidarity with these workers down here",  Danny Glover told us.

Student organizers have announced plans for a petition drive on college campuses across the nation in support of Nissan workers.  A Nissan spokesman has said the company offers competitive wages and makes numerous contributions to community efforts.

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