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2005 May Awareness Rally at the Capitol Steps

Hundreds South Carolina bikers who care about their rights rallied at the state capitol to increase motorcycle awareness on Sunday May 1st. Bikers carried signs promoting their views on various legislative issues. Families mourning loved ones lost to Right of Way violators and spoke at the close of our rally. One mother carried the ashes of her lost son in a jar. It was truly a moving event.

I thank each and every one of you for making this year's SC Motorcycle Awareness Rally the best one yet. I especially would like to thank all the ABATE of Lexington members who worked behind the scenes to make this rally and the party possible. Joey and Michelle deserve special thanks for providing free food at Michelle’s Place; the chicken quarters and fixings were great! I also want to thank all the folks who worked the crowd and set up tables to get hundreds of letters written in support of our legislative agenda items; you are the real heroes of ABATE!

Tuesday following our rally the Senate Judiciary Committee again took up the gang bill S79; the bill was quickly tabled thanks to the efforts of Senator Jake Knotts and our biker lobbyists in attendance. Julie Burchett, Cathy Dillon, and Michelle Williams hand delivered many letters and spoke with legislators; they learned from our friend Representative Nikki Haley that the enemies of liberty are yet again rallying behind seat belt bill S1. Please contact your representative and the House Education and Public Works Committee in opposition to S1. You may send letters to: House Education and Public Works Committee; 429 Blatt Building; Columbia, SC 29211.

Those of you enjoying Myrtle Beach Bike Week be sure to visit the ABATE meet and greet. The Horry County Chapter of ABATE of SC will hold a meet and greet for any card carrying state motorcycle rights organization (SMRO) member from 1 PM to 3 PM Saturday May 14. Free beer and burgers will be provided while supplies last; maps of the area and lists of business that sponsor ABATE will also be provided. The location of the meet and greet is the Pit Stop Lounge on Bypass 17 frontage road just south of the Myrtle Beach Jet Port; look for the ABATE banners.

Keep those letters coming and please don’t stop lobbying your elected officials. Remember team means Together Everyone Achieves More; we can defend freedom and liberty as a team. Please join our team at

FastFred Ruddock
ABATE of SC State Coordinator

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