Tag: Civil Rights

BLOOMBERG: History Was Made in Selma—But Not For Selma

Fifty years after America was changed on the Edmund Pettus bridge, residents of the struggling city hope the anniversary will bring more: tourists, economic revival, the promise of Bloody Sunday finally fulfilled. Most weekdays for the last 10 years, Letasha Irby, 36, has driven her car across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to get to a job that pays $11.33 an hour. The black mother of two lives about a 20-minute drive from the iconic bridge, which is named in honor of a Reconstruction-era Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader and U.S. senator and is the spot where demonstrators ... Read more

Common performs in support of Nissan workers

Grammy award-winning singer and actor Common performed before a sold-out audience at Jackson State University March 21 in support of Mississippi Nissan workers as they expand their effort to organize a union at the Nissan plant in Canton. Other guests at the event included actor and activist Danny Glover, local performance artists, Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN) members, Nissan workers, and student supporters from Mississippi Student Justice Alliance (MSJA) and Concerned Students for a Better Nissan (CSBN), who are calling on Nissan to respect its workforce’s labor rights. Workers who have adopted the slogan “Tell Nissan: Labor rights ... Read more