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February 2017

Hello fellow freedom fighters,

I stole that from Mary K. As many of you know, Rep. Friese dropped his helmet law again. I spoke with several legislators within hours of the moment that it was dropped. When one is at the capitol, the opportunities to catch them out of their buildings are abundant. By the time you read this, it will either be dead or we will be in a pitched battle for our right to be unmandated. Since about January 15 of 2016, I have been talking about this year’s opening day at the legislature. It is amazing to me how many people don’t believe that showing up at the capitol is important. If there were a hundred of us there on January 9, this bill would have never had a chance. Now we must show up at least twice to fight it. I understand that people have jobs, but there are times when a few hours in the morning will make a major difference in life. Hopefully we will have killed this abomination by the reading of this article.

The other issue we have this year is recreating the Motorcycle Safety Fund. This one will probably be in action while you read this. SB 1082 will re-create the fund and allow it to operate through 2021. It is critical that we support this bill. I believe that the 2000 scholarships for rider training courses have saved lives. Mick Degn, director of Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF) considers this fund critical for the continuation of the program.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, contact me at 623-206-3131, I will help you find them. We need to be more engaged. At the last Phoenix Shadow Mountain meeting, a woman said she hated dealing with the government. I find myself repeating this:

The government was not brought here by aliens and inflicted on us. We create the government. We have a voice. We need to use that voice to petition the government for redress of grievances. The government that most directly affects is our city council/mayor. Then next level is the county. Then the state government/governor impacts us. And finally, our federal government sets the overall direction of the nation. We have a say in all of it. If you need help figuring it out, call me. I will be happy to explain, guide, tutor, direct, or coach anyone who is interested in activism.

Soon the political arm of ABATE will be sending out calls to action for federal legislation. Look for them and act on the requested action. Our only real power is in our voice and our solidarity. I understand that most of you are busy making a living, raising children, caring for family members, or just living. A few minutes a week to make a phone call and send an email is all we ask. We need help here. There are more than 200,000 registered motorcycles in Arizona, let us shout with one voice. They will have to listen.

Until next time, be safe,

Johnny D ALMA MC
Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs Designated Lobbyist
Arizona ABATE PAC Officer