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Nissan donates $20,000, conducts volunteer day for Mississippi Food Network's BackPack Program

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and corporate charity.

Last Tuesday, Nissan Canton continued efforts to whitewash its reputation by giving $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network’s BackPack program and sending employees to pose for promotional pictures pack lunches.

“We are humbled to play a role in the efforts to ensure that no child experiences hunger,” corporate shill Vice President of manufacturing Steve Marsh was quoted as saying.

Of course, children experience hunger as a result of condition created by companies like Nissan. Companies that make workers work long hours for low pay… that restrict healthcare access… that deny workers’ compensation claims by falsifying the results of drug tests… that fire workers for breathing a word in support of unionization… that deprive children of parents by refusing to allow ambulances inside the factory, letting workers die on the shop floor instead… that spy on and intimidate union organizers and those who work for justice within the plant… that keep half the workforce on “temporary” status to avoid giving them the same wages and benefits as full-time employees doing the exact same jobs… and whose racist hiring practices and workplace discrimination attempts to divide workers against each other and keep them powerless.

Hunger is not an inevitable phenomenon. It is the result of greed and injustice such as this.

There’s an old saying that runs, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” By masking its denial of its own workers’ right to higher wages and benefits in sham charity, Nissan Canton is attempting to create a culture of dependency and reliance — as well as divert attention from its own corporate crimes.

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Image: Via NissanNews.com (PR/Promotional).

Jaz Brisack

Jaz Brisack is a student at the University of Mississippi and president of their College Democrats chapter. She worked as an organizer on the UAW's Nissan campaign at the Canton plant and can usually be found protesting some societal injustice.