What is "Black Thursday"? It is the annual legislative event held by ABATE of Washington at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. It has traditionally been held on the steps of the Capitol, with members of the motorcycling community meeting inside with their legislators.
This is the opportunity for all the motorcyclists in Washington state to get their message to the legislators. We are not a 'public burden'. Nor are we children who must be 'taken care of'. We are adults who simply want to have the Liberty to exercise our Freedoms.
This year, as it will be every year until we convince those within the Capitol that we will not stop until we have the Liberty to exercise our Freedom of choice, the main focus will be to amend the universal helmet law. The second priority will be to introduce and support other legislation in the best interests of the motorcycling community as a whole. Such as a "lane filtering" bill, and I believe there may be an 'equal access' bill introduced as well.
If you ride a motorcycle. Or even if you just support the idea of motorcyclists rights, and believe in the "Freedom of the Road", come down to Olympia on Thursday, January 22nd. The event starts at 8:00 AM, and continues until 4:00 PM at the Capitol. The Confederation of Clubs, as well as a number of other motorcyclists will leave Hawks Prairie for an en masse 'parade' to the Capitol Campus at about 10:00 AM or so. If you don't ride along, it is quite the sight and sound to hear the bikes all rolling onto the Capitol grounds. Afterward, there will be a legislative 'Meet & Greet' at the Governor Hotel from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come, meet your legislators, and join the fight to regain our Liberties.
See you there.
Catch you on the road sometime...