Jim Mahler (filming) assaulted by anti-worker petition gatherer at Mesa College, yesterday, September 14,2011.
UPDATE: Regarding the publishing of this post, please see Patty’s comment below. To gain an understanding of WHY it was published see KM’s comment for a first hand account of incidents like this, then read Gregg Robinson’s comment, The Old White Guy speaks Out.
This video documents the petition gatherer’s response to the AFT Decline to Sign team. (AFT is the American Federation of Teachers.) The petition gatherers are working for City Councilmember Carl DeMaio and his so-called “pension reform”.
The AFT Decline to Sign team at Mesa Community College on the 14th of September was comprised of African American, White, and Latina members. What the team did and is doing at Mesa is non-violent, and from a safe distance, hold up signs that ask students not to sign anti-worker petitions. This activity is effective so it has been getting violent responses from petition gatherers for several weeks. Hence the effort to document this activity. There have been several incidents of women being pushed and threatened on our campuses and two arrests have been made. The petition gatherer in this video ran after the assault. Another petition gatherer was arrested for a similar incident later that day.
WARNING: The following video contains violence and graphic language and are Not Safe for Work!