A Southern California man is trying to change the reality and the perception of the image of motorcycle clubs. Known simply as “Tombstone,” the man formed the SCCOC, or Southern California Confederation of Clubs, in 1988. He says, however, that the idea came a few years before that, after he grew weary of attending funerals and watching friends and family deal with constant clashes between clubs.
According to Tombstone, when he first proposed the idea, very few people were interested. There was little interest in sitting down and working out differences. That started to change in the mid-1980s, when federal officials began cracking down on motorcycle clubs across the country. SCCOC held its first meeting in Orange County in 1988, with 20 different clubs in attendance. The California group now has more than 100 clubs in its membership and has spawned more than 60 similar groups across the United States, including the National Coalition of Motorcyclists. There are also all-female groups within the SCCOC.
According to Tombstone, SCCOC spends most of its time and energy as an advocacy group for bikers, while keeping motorcyclists involved and informed about issues that affect them. He says that recent meetings have included discussions of lane-sharing and anti-profiling laws, and SCCOC has been proactive in the “Save the Patch” campaign, designed to prevent law enforcement officers from wrongfully seizing or confiscating a biker’s distinctive club patch.
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