New Orleans, 3/14 Nissan Truth Tour Recap

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Truth-tour-v2-NOLAConcerned Students for a Better Nissan Truth Tour 2014: New Orleans

The second stop on the CSBN Nissan Truth Tour was an opportunity for social justice organizations across the New Orleans area to inspire engagement the social justice movements of today, while building awareness around the right-to-organize campaign for Southern Nissan and T-Mobile workers. The night’s featured event was an open mic competition, pitting 12 poets from the New Orleans area in a thought-provoking battle of conscious lyricism! Another highlight of the night was an up and coming painter who used his canvas and craft to create a breathtaking, candid rendition of Mr. Danny Glover. The event was well attended and featured students from Dillard University leading a Speak Out against Nissan’s unfair and unjust labor practices.

Attendees were encouraged to join in the live twitter feed that ran throughout the evening, and door prizes were awarded to the most interactive twitter users during the event.  Former Nissan employee, Curtis, and current T-Mobile employee, Mahalia, delivered passionate messages that really resonated with the crowd.  So much so, that the Twitter and InstaGram live actions were a huge success, as there were hundreds of tweets being sent and coming in from across the country in support of the Nissan plant workers and T-Mobile workers’ rights.  Actor/activist Danny Glover really energized the crowd as he spoke of his own personal activist history, which began in college, and expounded on the struggle that the Nissan workers in Mississippi and Tennessee are currently facing.  As a very special treat, New Orleans native, and R&B singer, Tonya Boyd Cannon, brought the crowd to their feet with a few jazz-infused selections to wind down the night.

We’d like to send a special thanks to the event’s co-sponsors: Friends and Family of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Tulane University – Black Student Union, Theta Sigma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Dillard University), and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center/Efforts of Grace, Inc.

Performers
- Shiheem Wallis

- Ravin Thompson

- Rashaan Ison

- Tony Wilson

- Ari Unwritten

- Brandon Bigard

- Brandon LaBeaux

- Christian Cubs

- FreeQuency (Mwende Katwiwa)

- Akeem Martin

- Quess? (Michael Moore)

Workers
- Mahalia, T-Mobile worker

- Curtis Moore, Nissan worker

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