And now the tyrants of social orthodoxy are going after the Devil Dolls.
The women’s club has a slight edge. It started as a Harley only club but now admits women who ride Trumpets, Beezers, Beemers and Nortons. It has “no interest in snitches or plead outs.” It refuses to judge a prospect’s “checkered legal past as long as your offense was not against children, the elderly or animals.” It describes its members as “punks, rednecks, old school bikers, rockabilly rebels, rockers, moms and professionals.” The Dolls also sponsor numerous fund raising events for numerous charities
“We are a family,” the club says on its website, “and for some of us the only real family we have ever known. The main thing we have in common is that we love to ride and we have each others’ backs in a hot minute.”
The club also proclaims “We are a three piece Outlaw MC” and “We are bikers and we live by the code.”
Apparently San Francisco has a problem with that. The club also maintains cordial relations with several Bay Area Hells Angels charters and the theme park by the bay probably has a problem with that, too.
No Right To Party
The Devil Dolls Motorcycle Club was founded on Valentine’s Day, 1999 and yesterday the club’s women held their 15th anniversary party. The Dolls booked the Pacific Rod and Gun Club for the affair last December. The Rod and Gun Club is located on land owned by the City of San Francisco and last week the Gun Club cancelled the Dolls’ reservation.
Dolls president Theresa Foglio described the gun club manager as “apologetic. He was pressured by the city and county. They just freaked him out.”
“I have grandmothers, mothers, daughters,” she told the Bay City News. “I have veterans in the club. None of us have criminal records. It’s really odd.”
According to published reports, the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission wanted the event curtailed because it involved “bikers.” Foglio was quoted as saying that the real problem is television programs like Gangland and Sons of Anarchy. “It isn’t fair to take what’s on TV and say that is reality,” she said. “Motorcycle clubs are not street gangs. The bigger issue is profiling.”
The Dolls partied anyway. They moved their event to the Bay Riders Motorcycle Club clubhouse. And for two hours yesterday morning a half dozen of the women picketed outside the Rod and Gun Club. The protest was observed by San Francisco Police. The observers greatly outnumbered the protesters.