We had our first COC&I meeting this year at the Roadhouse today. Attendance might have been a little light because of the weather. We had sprinkles on and off. But we had a full slate of speakers, from our usual MiniMe and Woody, to Christopher Ward who is running for Representative District 52, Mike Sweeney who is running for Congress, and last but certainly not least McKinley Melancon who is running for Judge of County Court at Law 5. This was definitely a good meeting, and Oh yes, we had a lawyer speak obout Family Law. Everyone stayed around after the meeting so we could talk and ask questions. It was great.
Well, it was a warm day, but not as hot as yesterday. So, Debbie and I road our bikes out to the Roadhouse for the July COC&I meeting. We had a little lighter attendance than usual, probably because of the heat, but we still got to hear from lots of good speakers. There is still lots of work to do in protecting our rights, specifically in the anti-profiling area where things seem to be heating up. So, always be civil, but if you encounter a restaurant that doesn’t want to serve you because of the vest or shirt you are wearing or because you rode up on a motorcycle, be ready to explain to them why you won’t be returning and neither will your friends.
As a chaplain, my words may sound too political, but Jesus stood against injustice, so though I do not advocate any form of violence, in Matthew 21:12 “Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves.” He was infuriated that the money changers were ripping off the people coming to the temple, and overcharging for pigeons that were used for sacrifices. Injustice plain and simple.
Ok, I will get off my soapbox now. Enjoy the photos;
We attended the COC&I meeting today at the Roadhouse. We heard from our legislative warriors about the anti-profiling bill we are fighting for during the next legislative session. The reason there is a need for such a bill, is because we have repeatedly seen instances of motorcycle riders being asked to leave restaurants, bars and other establishments because they are wearing motorcycle vests or club patches. We have also seen even more serious cases, such as the Waco incident in May 2015, where police assumed that 200 motorcycle riders that got together for a political meeting were all involved in a skirmish that took place outside the event. But for the Grace of God, I and my wife would have been arrested as well, except that we arrived a bit late because of traffic. The really sad thing about that day, is that nine people died.
So, we are very serious about not wanting this to ever happen again, and one small way you can help, is to support the anti-profiling bill we are putting forward. We already have a sponsor, but we need signatures of support from any one that has been part of, or even any one that has heard about motorcycle profiling occurring. If you have watched thew news in the last year, or read anything about Waco, you most likely know someone that was effected by this injustice.
Here is a link to go sign the petition. It will ask for your name, zip code and email address.
If you would like to print out the petition page and take it to a club meeting, download the pdf, print it and get the signatures.
You will then need to mail the originals to one of the COC&I officers listed here;
Region 1 – COC&I Officers
Region 1 – C.O.I.R. Officers
Unit Commander – Richard “Woody” Wells – email@example.com
You only need to sign once, but we need everyones support for this important cause. Please sign, and have all your friends and relatives sign as well.
Here are some photos of the event today;
WE had a really good COC&I meeting at Hanovers this afternoon. There were several really good speaker that emphasized how important it is that we each are registered to vote, so we can exercise our civic duty to vote for elected officials that will support our lifestyle. Now that might sound kind of selfish, but if you think about it for a minute, you will realize that is exactly what our representatives in government are supposed to reelected to do, that is make decisions that will be consistent with the will of their constituency (that would be US). Ok, I will get off my soap box, now you can enjoy the pictures 🙂