California bikers should know that if the police allow it, there will be a “Unification Rally” in Sacramento this Saturday from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon.
The pack will assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the large parking lot of Cycle Gear at 5400 Date Avenue in Sacramento. If you miss the pack, you can still attend the rally at the California Capitol Building at 1400 Tenth Street in Sacramento
So far, the event appears to be an unusual episode of inter-club solidarity. The rally is officially sponsored by the Biker Rights Organization, California ABATE, the Modified Motorcycle Association and the regional Confederations of Clubs in California.
Club support for the event is at least partly the result of widespread alarm over two recent events.
As part of the global war on the dangerous idea of motorcycle clubs, the government of the Australian state of Queensland implemented a series of totalitarian decrees that effectively outlaw membership in 25 motorcycle clubs there. The laws mandate that members of clubs and persons suspected of belonging to motorcycle clubs be forbidden the most basic legal rights and be singled out for humiliation and persecution. Implementation of the laws is wholeheartedly and blatantly supported by the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
Most of the Australian measures would be unconstitutional in the United States although there is no Constitution without politicians, lawyers and writers who will speak up for it. Since October 2008, the Justice Department has been seeking a strategy that would be narrowly and technically constitutional yet would still allow prosecutors to effectively outlaw membership in targeted motorcycle clubs. The Mongols MC has been the target of most of this legal strategy. In 2008, without a legal justification, federal prosecutors claimed and most journalist reported that policemen could rip the patch off the back of any member of the Mongols without due process. Eager ATF agents soon applied the ban to all Mongols indicia including coffee mugs and calendars.
The government is still at it with the Mongols in a racketeering case titled United States versus Mongol Nation, an Unincorporated Association. The trial is currently scheduled for March 25 before Judge Otis Wright who seems to have already made up his mind that the Mongols can be outlawed. In a hearing last October, Wright said: “We do now have the owner of the marks indicted;” the Mongols insignia proclaims “to all, you do not (fuck) with the Mongols. They are operating under the banner of the Mongols.” “Forfeiture (of the Mongols patch) will be part of the eventual sentence.”
Every motorcyclist in the state, including sport bike riders, is urged to attend. The organizers’ published agenda includes: Motorcycle rider profiling, motorcycle modification laws, harassment of bikers riding in groups of three or more, exhaust pipe noise reduction, reflectors on sport bikes and license plate placement on sport bikes.
Phillip Heneghan wrote on the Bikers of America blog, “Come defend your ancient right of unhindered movement and your God given unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is not society nor any social right that forbids you – but the unalienable right of another man to live life. Any group, any gang, any nation, any “safety for your own good group” that attempts to negate a man’s rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is wrong and therefore could be deemed evil.”
Hang together or hang separately.