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Independent Motorcyclists in Idaho Uniting to Fight Motorcycle Profiling Independent Motorcyclists in Idaho Uniting to Fight Motorcycle Profiling

On October 1st, ABATE of Southern Idaho hosted a “Legislative Fundraiser” to support their efforts to pass an anti-motorcycle profiling law in 2017. I was invited to participate and speak to the community about the process of successfully passing the law in Idaho. What stood out to me the most about my trip to Idaho…

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Steps Up to Assist Rights Movement Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Steps Up to Assist Rights Movement

In almost any grassroots rights movement there are individuals on the frontline that dedicate large amounts of time and energy fighting for the entire community. The motorcycle rights movement is no different. In particular, members of motorcycle clubs have emerged as some of the most dedicated freedom fighters on motorcycles. Unfortunately, there are limitations to…

Think Before you Drink Think Before you Drink

Motorcycle Fatalities Increase with Impairment Motorcyclists have many factors to keep in mind while riding, balance, environment, road conditions, other drivers, animals running out on the road and so much more. Riding takes skill, concentration and focus. When a rider adds alcohol to the mix, the results can be deadly. The Wisconsin Department of Motor…

Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations

Bobby Colella served in the infantry for 21 years and spent much of that time overseas helping protect citizens of other countries from threats of brutal dictators. He fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 05-06, in Ramadi and Fallujah, and Baqubah in 07-08. Bobby says, “I knew I was forfeiting my personal freedoms as an…

Excessive Force and Motorcyclists Excessive Force and Motorcyclists

“Without a doubt, the most controversial issue in American policing is the use of force by police officers. On too many occasions, we have seen newspaper headlines reporting that an individual has been brutalized or, worse yet, killed by the police. The consequences of excessive and deadly force have been severe, affecting both police organizations…

Maryland Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Legislation Likely To Pass Maryland Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Legislation Likely To Pass

Maryland is poised to become the 2nd state in America to pass legislation addressing the issue of motorcycle profiling. In 2015, anti-motorcycle profiling legislation passed the Maryland Senate unanimously but unfortunately ran out of time. This year, SB 233/HB 0785 is receiving widespread support in both the state Senate AND House. The Maryland Confederation of…

Motorcycle Profiling Defined Motorcycle Profiling Defined

There are an estimated 10 million registered motorcyclists in America representing all walks of life.  They include doctors, lawyers, business owners, military veterans, blue collar workers, and even state legislators. Unfortunately, the overly-broad outlaw biker stereotype embraced by many in law enforcement results in selective enforcement and discriminatory traffic stops targeting a sizable portion of…

Equal Access For Motorcyclists Equal Access For Motorcyclists

EQUAL ACCESS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS EXPLAINED Restricted access to public accommodations and public spaces is one of the most common issues facing motorcycle club members across America. Individuals wearing clothing displaying the names or symbols of motorcycle organizations are commonly denied access to bars, restaurants, conventions, courthouses, fairs, race tracks, shows and other events. And although…

Are Texas Gang Laws Overly Broad? Are Texas Gang Laws Overly Broad?

Texas gang law is overly broad, applies to almost every conceivable association imaginable, and unjustly denies the constitutional rights of individuals that have not engaged or conspired to engage in criminal activity. The implications of an overly broad law includes chilling 1st Amendment associations.  The implications also include mass arrests redefining the principle that probable…

Unifying the Motorcycle Rights Movement In Your State Unifying the Motorcycle Rights Movement In Your State

Washington State represents a model for unifying motorcycle clubs and independents towards the common goal of protecting motorcycle rights and liberties. Many states are preparing legislative agendas as the 2016 legislative session quickly approaches.  In 2011, Washington State unanimously passed the first law addressing motorcycle profiling in America and a large part of that success…

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