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The History of the A.B.A.T.E. Logo
In Issue No. 3, October 1971, EASYRIDERS magazine started a non-profit organization just for bikers. It was called N.C.C.A. (National Custom Cycle Association). At the time, dues were $3 for a one-year membership. One must keep in mind that back in 1971 no other motorcycle magazine except Roger Hall's "Road Rider" was even giving an inch of space to anti-bike legislation. Yet Lou Kimzey saw fit to take on the extra burden of starting a motorcycle rights organization.
It wasn't long until Lou changed the N.C.C.A. to A.B.A.T.E. (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments). Lou came about the Eagle logo in an old civil war publication. The eagle is one of the largest birds, and a strong flier. It has long been used as a sign of power, courage, and freedom. The American Bald Eagle is not only our logo, but it is the official emblem of the United States. Its’ picture is on the Great Seal of the U.S., the President's flag, some coins and paper money. Our logo, with the 13 star shield, is truly worthy of our cause, and our founders’ foresight.
There is an A.B.A.T.E. organization in almost every state in the U.S.A. Some states, like Wisconsin, still maintain the original acronym “A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments”. Quite some time ago, AZ changed the acronym to “American Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education”. Our mission is “Educate, Don’t Legislate”, with our primary focus on protecting motorcyclists rights and freedoms. We also work to get cagers to LOOK OUT for motorcycles, and promote rider safety education. Visit www.abateofaz.org for more information and to become a member.