MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Washington, DC 20002-4980
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kirk "Hardtail"
Willard, MRF President
April 4, 2008
Consistent with Motorcycle
Riders Foundation tradition we stand prepared to provide assistance when requested
by our Sustaining State Motorcycle Rights Organization members.
ABATE of California has requested that we run this release on our system. Please review it and take the necessary action you deem fitting.
The MRF has received numerous inquiries regarding this particular State Supreme Court helmet case and the fund established by ABATE of California in support of it. Please direct any questions you may have to the parties contained on the press release.
The MRF would like to make it clear that we support the State Motorcycle Rights Organizations efforts to gain or maintain freedom of choice when it comes to the use of protective apparel and safety devices just as we do so vigilantly at the federal level.
Please join the MRF in support of ABATE of California and other California motorcyclists in their efforts to gain freedom of choice in their state.
Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, MRF President
REQUEST TO ALL STATE MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONAL RIGHTS GROUPS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2008
Contact: ABATE of California,
Don Blanscet, Executive Director, 530/432-1513 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Osborn, Judicial Officer, 805/644-1617 email@example.com
Biker Rights Advocates and
Historic litigation will go to trial soon to overturn the California helmet law. It will set important precedent that freedom fighters can use across the nation to overturn existing state helmet laws on constitutional grounds.
It is litigation that ABATE of California strongly supports, and we call for the support of our brother SMROs nationwide. ABATE of California set up a Judicial Fund to serve as the war chest for the litigation. Despite the thousands of dollars, that ABATE of Calif. members have raised, the demands of the litigation now require us to ask you to stand with us. ABATE as far away as Delaware, (the first State to sign the United States Constitution), have stepped forward and contributed to this nationally important constitutional litigation, followed most recently by ABATE of Michigan and ABATE of Northern Nevada. Three tiny ABATE of Delaware Locals joined together to contribute $8,500 to the Judicial Fund, amounting to $8.00 for each ABATE of Delaware member.
Delaware also called on all other good freedom loving bikers, and SMROs nationally to recognize the importance of this California litigation and to join with ABATE of California to assure that the litigation succeeds.
The helmet law that NTSB is attempting to shove down the throats of bikers nationwide is constitutionally vulnerable, and it is precisely this vulnerability that the California litigation will exploit.
The NTSB has recommended
that all states adopt helmet laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets compliant
with the federal motorcycle helmet performance standard set forth at FMVSS 218.
The California helmet law is essentially identical, unconstitutionally vague as enforced, and
incapable of being interpreted to conform to constitutional requisites thus rendering it
Please consider honoring
this call, on behalf of ABATE of California, and the growing number of
other SMRO's nationwide, to assure that the very best constitutional case can be presented here for the benefit of every American rider.
You may send your check
"Judicial Fund," c/o ABATE of California,
10240 Seventh Avenue,
Hesperia, CA 92345.
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