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Email Condemning Rockfest Colors Ban Sent to Promotor

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The text of an email sent earlier today to the promotor of Rockfest follows:

Mr. Edwards:

It was with some surprise that we in the Motorcycle Club community learned that Rockfest is imposing a ban on members of Motorcycle Clubs wearing their colors to your event. To our knowledge, this is the first time such a ban has been publicized; several members have stated that they observed colors from several area clubs at last year's Rockfest. As far as we know, there were no incidents reported and no "tension" was evident as a result.

Your website states that Rockfest is a "colors neutral" show. It further expresses The Rock's "upmost respect for our local clubs" yet asks that we "leave the colors at home". Being a "colors neutral" show is one thing, however, you cannot both have "upmost respect" for Motorcycle Clubs and simultaneously impose a colors ban. This ban is tantamount to profiling motorcycle club members based on how they look and prevents them from exercising their rights of free association and expression guaranteed under the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It is also a direct insult to Motorcycle Club members and shows the upmost disrespect to the entire Motorcycle Club community.

Please remember that this ban affects a significant portion of your listeners, customers of your various sponsors and fans of many of the bands scheduled to perform at Rockfest.

The Kansas Confederation of Clubs and the National Council of Clubs condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous ban on Motorcycle Clubs wearing their colors to Rockfest. News of this ban and our reaction to it is being disseminated by the most expeditious means possible to every Motorcycle Club in this region. We strongly encourage you to reconsider this ban and allow Motorcycle Club members to attend in whatever attire they deem appropriate in their individual judgement.

Sincerely,

Brian Cohoon
Spokesperson
Kansas Confederation of Clubs
Region II, National Council of Clubs



This text of this email was also sent to Worth Harley Davidson of Kansas City, a sponsor of the event. Our AIM attorney is also sending a letter condemning the colors ban. It would be, I think, significant if patch members by the hundreds sent their own emails to the promotor, Bob Edwards of 98.9 The Rock. He is at bedwards@entercom.com. Feel free to use the email above as a guide, but do please use your own words. You can also go to www.worthharley-davidson.com, hover over Dealer Info and click on Contact Us on the pulldown menu and fill in their form to tell them what you think of their sponsorship of an event that would ban MC colors. It's only by numbers and by showing them the potential negative impact their business could suffer that we have an effect.

Take a minute to let them know we care and that we represent a significant portion of their potential customer base.

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