Monthly Archives: April 2016

Idaho COC members sue Eastern Idaho State Fair for civil rights violations

By Richard Lester

The law offices of Richard M. Lester have filed a Federal Court law suit against the Eastern Idaho State Fair on behalf of members of the Idaho COC. The suit was filed in Idaho Federal Court for civil rights violations stemming from an incident where they were told to leave the fair for wearing so-called “gang-colors”.

On September 1, 2013, members of the Brother Speed, Black Hand, Draugr, and Ph*ts motorcycle clubs attended the Eastern Idaho State fair with AIM attorney Michael DeKruif to confront fair personnel regarding the fair’s policy of discriminating against certain motorcycle clubs. The fair has a policy where anyone representing themselves as part of any outlaw/criminal motorcycle gang, or wearing attire that associates them with gang attire, will be asked to leave the fairgrounds. The fair claims that Brother Speed is a so-called “gang”, and that the other clubs are so-called “support clubs.” Rather than removing their colors, the club members decided to leave the fair, and they were given refunds.

In the lawsuit, we are seeking damages and an injunction prohibiting the fair from enforcing such a policy as it violates the members’ rights of freedom of expression, assembly, and due process.

The Law Office of Richard M. Lester, AIM, and NCOM will remain united in the fight for bikers’ rights as we have been doing for over three decades and will continue to do so.

The case is in the discovery phase, with more depositions planned in the near future.

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NCOM Board calls for unity in fight for biker-friendly legislation

By Richard Lester

The Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists endorses and will support any legislation that benefits all motorcyclists starting with the national anti-profiling bill.

It is time for National and State motorcycle rights organizations, along with independent riders, to become a true legislative force. Far too long have the rights of motorcyclists been ignored by the Federal government along with the State legislatures. Everyone must come into the 21st century and become the legislative and voting force of this great Republic.

“If a house is divided against itself that house will not be able to stand”, we will stand.

The National Coalition of Motorcyclists

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