This Follows the Suspension of Two NJEA Presidents
It appears that AFT President Randi Weingarten yet again is trying to prevent Project Veritas from releasing their findings. On Friday, May 4, 2018, AFT Michigan filed a legal action seeking an Emergency Motion for Temporary Injunction to prevent the release of any documents or video that Project Veritas obtained.
This comes after the release of two undercover videos of NJEA officials which led to the suspensions of Dr. David Perry, President of the Hamilton Township Education Association and Kathleen Valencia, President of the Union City Education Association.
In the document, AFT Michigan claims “Project Veritas has posted YouTube videos broadcasting to the world its admission of illegal activity in Michigan and a promise to release the material it unlawfully obtained next week.”
James O’Keefe, President of Project Veritas, replied to this claim, stating:
“Project Veritas does not engage in illegal activities – we follow both the letter and the spirit of the law. This is clearly just an attempt to hide their dirty laundry and protect themselves from what we uncovered: but at the expense of who?”
O’Keefe also wrote in a letter:
“That isn’t to say we won’t publish any of our news report videos regarding AFT. We’ll do everything we can to get that information out there because we believe that it is of national public interest. AFT may not want you to know what we’ve discovered about them, but I’m sure parents in Michigan do.“
This is not the first time AFT Michigan has tried to stop Project Veritas from doing necessary undercover journalism. In 2017, AFT Michigan frivolously requested a temporary restraining order on Project Veritas.
That motion was later denied by US District Judge Linda V. Parker of the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, and the prior Temporary Restraining Order was removed.