Category Archives: Motorcycle Clubs

Should Foreign Hells Angels Be Allowed in the United States?

How Much More Do We Have To Take?

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has filed a lawsuit against several federal agency heads — including Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — claiming the group’s foreign members have been wrongfully banned from entering the United States.

The federal lawsuit contends that several foreign Hells Angels members applied for visas last year to attend one of the club’s major events in New Hampshire, and they were denied, based on their membership with the Hells Angels.

The lawsuit recognizes that Homeland Security and the Department of State made an agreement to define the Hells Angels as a “known criminal organization” in the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual — thus making them ineligible to obtain a visa.

But, according to the lawsuit, “[m]any members” of the Hells Angels don’t have criminal records, and the club says it’s not a “criminal organization.”

Well, they are a “street gang” in Maricopa County — at least, according to disbarred and disgraced ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The Hells Angels are ultimately seeking a permanent injunction against the rules that are keeping its members from getting visas — which would likely apply to other biker gangs listed by the State Department, like the Outlaws, Bandidos, and Mongols, as well as street gangs like MS 13 and the 18th Street gang.

That said, should the feds let the Angels in?

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Neveda – Nugget Bans Motorcycle Gang ‘Colors’

With an aim at preventing the kind of violence that marred last Septembers Street Vibrations, John Ascuaga’s Nugget is banning motorcycle club “colors.”

SPARKS, NV – Ask anyone who has been around the event and they will tell you the people who show up for Street Vibrations are by and large every day folks who just happen to like to ride.

All are welcome and few cause problems.

But we learned last September during the big fall event, there are elements in this crowd that can be volatile.
Tensions between members of the Hells Angels and the Vagos motorcycle gangs erupted into a brawl on the casino floor. Then shots were fired. One man, the president of a Hells Angels chapter was killed.

COLORS BANNED

In the aftermath, Nugget officials looked for ways to keep it from happening again.

“We looked at shopping malls, public places. We talked with properties in Las Vegas, Laughlin,” says Nugget Executive Vice President Stephen Ascuaga.
The result was a property-wide code of conduct, including a ban on any club “colors,” the distinctive vests and other gear bearing club or gang logos that members wear.
“Really in posting no colors it was an opportunity to say ‘here at John Ascuaga’s Nugget we have a great environment, but here are the things you go by.”
The policy was adopted months ago, but this spring rally will be its first test at such an event.

“We spent a lot of time with the Sparks Police Department how to handle this, how they would support us, but they would be there to help enforce it and actually we have had guests and they’ve been very understanding.”

Out on the street, of course, bikers can wear what they please, but they will be asked to leave it at the door when entering the Nugget.
Others are making their own decisions. At least one other Victorian Square business, Great Basin Brewing, says it will follow the same policy.

Source: Bikers of America

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Street Vibrations Profiling Against Bikers

By now most of you are now finding out that Street Vibrations is now enforcing a “no colors or no patches” at the event and most hotels are enforcing this rule also. I never will understand this type of behavior by businesses and law enforcement who is always behind these types of questionable illegal actions.

This is discrimination no matter how you slice the pie or how you try to justify to actions of a few who choose to involve themselves in actions that are negative but are not the faults of every biker or person wearing a patch.

I am person who rides a motorcycle and lives this style of bikers and club events, parties etc, so I guess you can call me biker, my friends are bikers and club members. When a business, city, event or police department discriminate against people who are in clubs or where certain colors, they discriminate against me too. I am a PROUD supporter of clubs and I proudly wear some support colored patches, so now that Reno, NV (Street Vibrations) has enforced a ban of people who wear colors or patches, I guess I am one of them.

It is time for us to show cities like this how much it can hurt when you discriminate against bikers or clubs by enforcing discriminating rules to not allow us to be free to express who we are. It is time for us to heard and the best way to do that is to not give Reno, NV your money. Street Vibrations has forgot who really makes this event work, BIKERS & MOTORCYCLE CLUBS! Who come to your city and spend their hard earned money.

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Nugget Bans Motorcycle Gang ‘Colors’

SPARKS, NV – Ask anyone who has been around the event and they will tell you the people who show up for Street Vibrations are by and large every day folks who just happen to like to ride.

All are welcome and few cause problems.

But we learned last September during the big fall event, there are elements in this crowd that can be volatile.

Tensions between members of the Hells Angels and the Vagos motorcycle gangs erupted into a brawl on the casino floor. Then shots were fired. One man, the president of a Hells Angels chapter was killed.

In the aftermath, Nugget officials looked for ways to keep it from happening again.

“We looked at shopping malls, public places. We talked with properties in Las Vegas, Laughlin,” says Nugget Executive Vice President Stephen Ascuaga.

The result was a property-wide code of conduct, including a ban on any club “colors,” the distinctive vests and other gear bearing club or gang logos that members wear.

“Really in posting no colors it was an opportunity to say ‘here at John Ascuaga’s Nugget we have a great environment, but here are the things you go by.”

The policy was adopted months ago, but this spring rally will be its first test at such an event.

“We spent a lot of time with the Sparks Police Department how to handle this, how they would support us, but they would be there to help enforce it and actually we have had guests and they’ve been very understanding.”

Out on the street, of course, bikers can wear what they please, but they will be asked to leave it at the door when entering the Nugget.

Others are making their own decisions. At least one other Victorian Square business, Great Basin Brewing, says it will follow the same policy.

Checkout the vendor contract for Street Vibrations: 2012.Contract.StreetVibes_spring

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IN MY OPINION: By Roadblock 1%er

I was searching the web this morning looking for information on police profiling patches and came across this letter.

The biggest danger facing motorcycle clubs today isn’t conflict with other clubs as law enforcement and the media claim.  Not even close!  It is a “tyrannical government” willing to selectively profile, criminalize and prosecute membership in a motorcycle club instead of individual criminal behavior. 

Profiling a specific group of individuals is a crime in and of itself. Furthermore, denying these individuals the protections given others is a violation of basic human rights and Constitutional law.

Defending our clubs against this criminal threat requires using a weapon equal to that being used against us —

  “THE LEGAL SYSTEM”!

The laws of our countries are a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. Government agencies, law enforcement, and overzealous prosecutors are not exempt from the blade.

Government and law enforcement agencies are making a concerted effort to classify all motorcycle club members, and anyone who may associate with them, as criminals. Guilty or not, the government intends to prosecute theses targeted individuals no matter what it takes.

No one can deny that some motorcycle club members violate the law.  However, it’s a fact that ANY organization has individual members who commit criminal acts.   Members of government and law enforcement agencies, and individual lawmakers themselves are routinely convicted for criminal conduct.  

The agencies profiling motorcycle club members are being assisted by the media, who sensationalize biker news and reports to gain lucrative headlines.   Via TV, newspapers and the internet, Society is bombarded 24/7 with motorcycle clubs labeled as gangs, and members and associates always portrayed as dangerous, violent criminals.

How can this happen when the majority of club members are hard-working tax-paying members of their communities and have never been convicted of a crime?

With this constant media barrage, society and potential jurors are conditioned to believe that you are guilty before the trial ever starts.  With the constitutional guarantee of a presumption of innocence replaced by a presumption of guilt, even if you are innocent, getting a fair trial is impossible.

Furthermore, the law enforcement agents’ and prosecutor’s questionable tactics almost guarantee a conviction.  The combination of these factors make it easy to see why there is a 98+% conviction rate in cases involving motorcycle clubs and so-called associates.  

We have to use the system to stop the out- of- control government agents who think the rule-of-law doesn’t apply to them.  The only rule they follow is “there are no rules.”

In books and interviews they boast there is nothing they won’t do to maintain their cover and make a case.  In recent cases,  evidence has been presented that undercover agents repeatedly violate the law to make cases.  They conspired among themselves, with paid informants and known criminals in an effort to get club members to violate the law.  They incited violence (murder and attempted murder) and incited others to commit criminal acts to ensure convictions.

Law enforcement agents do not have immunity to violate the law in an effort to make a case. When they do they step over the line and become the criminal The US Supreme Court has ruled inciting criminal activity is a felony.

At grand juries and trials unscrupulous prosecutors routinely lead law enforcement and other witnesses to give evidence they know to be false to get a criminal indictment. After all, trial juries don’t have access to the secret grand-jury testimony.  Knowingly presenting perjured testimony,  misleading the Court, and Obstruction of Justice are all criminal acts.

This “pattern of criminal conduct” by government agents and prosecutors is widespread, and a gross violation of basic human rights.   Properly used, however, this evidence of wrongdoing can educate a jury and change the outcome at trial. These issues and unlawful activities have to be challenged in a court prior to trial, or innocent club members will be convicted.

The government is now using these tactics against over 300 motorcycle clubs that they classify as criminal organizations. I salute those who are defending their clubs against this  fraudulent classification.

I wonder what the deal is with those who don’t fight for their club. Are they afraid because they think the government will retaliate against them?  They are already doing everything they can to take your freedom and destroy your club. What more can they do?

Belonging to a motorcycle club is not a crime!  More and more Clubs around the world are using the courts to challenge the government’s bogus claims, criminal conduct and refusal to treat MC members as “individuals”.

 And, they are winning.

Source: Defend Your Club Lifestyle

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