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Situated next door to a known Hells Angels clubhouse has made selling Caliber Master Builder showhome — built in and now listed at $, Members meet there about once a week, lining one side of the street. By Submitted by Jeff G. Holt June 4, SFV HELLS ANGELS host their JUNE 10 Bike/Car Show & Swap Meet. Come hang out with the 'good guys' there's. Members meet at the Hells Angels Club House in Saskatoon, Sask., Thursday, Liam Richards, THE CANADIAN PRESS . Sami Hajjar has swapped Minions for Frozen's Elsa to raise his game and prepare.
As we watch more crime drama, we perceive that crime is more prevalent than it actually is. And when the media fail to represent or report the average, everyday activities of motorcycle clubs and the workaday lives of their members, media consumers have nothing against which to compare how those people might really be.
Add to this the fact that the outlaw biker narrative has been largely controlled over time, not by members of the culture, but outsiders and the misconceptions grow. Swanton of the Waco Police Department effectively controlled the story of what happened on May 17,and it appears that story has already begun to unravel. Regardless of what ultimately is shown to be the truth about the events in Waco, if history tells us anything it's that that story will not likely be broadcast as widely as the law enforcement narrative was An old criticism about the media goes, "if it bleeds it leads.
On the road with the Mongols Motorcycle Club One might even call it boring.
Meetings run on for hours. Committee work is less than exciting, no matter the organization. Raffle tickets have to be sold, charitable events have to be planned, staffed, provisioned and the grounds have to be cleaned up afterward.
Clubhouses have to be maintained; the yard has to be mowed, the roof needs to be patched, someone has to clean the bathroom, and so on. Most of the time, MC members -- called patch-holders -- hang out at one another's homes or shops talking about motorcycles. Countless hours are spent riding their motorcycles from one state to another, stopping only for gas, regardless of the weather, which after the first 1, miles can dampen the spirits of even the most ardent rider.
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When not together, patch-holders mostly work and spend time with their families and most families spend time with the MC. But what about the claim that motorcycle clubs are gangs? Motorcycle clubs are born of a love of the machine, racing, riding and from military service. Gangs began for various reasons as well, but largely as a form of protection for ethnic immigrants residing in inner cities. Motorcycle clubs' social structure is overwhelmingly democratic from the local to the international levels.
Officers are democratically elected and hold office so long as they meet the memberships' needs.
In contrast, gangs can be seen as more autocratic than democratic, where leaders emerge more for their charismatic leadership and illicit earning abilities than for their abilities to run organizations. Motorcycle clubs are organized hierarchically, with strictly defined chains of command and lines of communication.
MCs elect secretaries whose jobs are to maintain meeting minutes, keep track of committees and chairs, and see that old business is complete and new business is on the agenda. Treasurers also are elected officials and they attend to fiduciary responsibilities such as collecting membership dues, paying clubhouse expenses and financial planning for the future. Both secretaries and treasurers are required to produce written documents for the membership to review and approve during each meeting.
It seems laughable to believe that gangs do the same. In addition to a decade-and-a-half of research, I have lived my entire adult life around bikers and MCs and have yet to encounter a motorcycle gang. I have, however, witnessed several occasions where MCs run street gangs out of the communities in which the MC clubhouses are located MCs usually can only afford to buy or lease properties in the cheapest parts of town where gang crime is most prevalent.
Not hiding behind charity work Perhaps the singularly most important distinction between outlaw motorcycle clubs and gangs is evidenced through philanthropy. It's been widely reported by local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations that MCs support charities, mainly if not entirely for positive public relations in order to offset some negative public image. This interpretation does not fit my field observations.
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