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Youngstown motorcycle clubs to ride in memory of Trayvon Martin

Published: Sat, April 7, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Dozens of motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs from Youngstown will join in a national ride of support honoring the memory of a 17-year-old Florida boy gunned down in February.

Trayvon Martin was shot Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, amember of a block watch, who says he was assaulted by the teen and shot in self-defense. The shooting has touched off protests around the country from many who believe the teen was killed with no accountability from Zimmerman.

Bikers from various cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York and California will don hoodies Easter Sunday and ride in support of justice for Martin.

Bikers from the Youngstown-Warren area will meet at the Jokers Wrath Motorcycle Club at Market Street and Princeton Avenue on the South Side at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Participants will leave from the club about 11 a.m. to embark on a two-hour ride in support of the cause.

There is no fee to participate, and organizers say anyone with a motorcycle is welcome.

Participants will meet up with riders from the Pittsburgh, Akron and Cleveland areas at the Jokers Wrath club after the ride. Riders will wear hoodies and take pictures to be sent to the Martin family as a show of support.

Tyla “Six-Two” Smith, Jokers Wrath secretary, said the ride is a way to let the public and authorities on a national level know that people are watching the outcome of the situation.

“The end result here is to raise awareness,” Smith said. “This is our way of showing support and saying that we are not going to let you treat our children any kind of a way. We are not supporting the fact that he was shot; we are supporting justice.”

Vickie “Typsi” Spencer, a member of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club who will participate in the ride, said the event hits home with her and many others for a number of reasons.

“This really got to me because I have a son who is almost his [Trayvon’s] age. I just want to do something positive and show the Martin family some support,” she said. “I want people to understand there needs to be justice in this matter.”

Seeking justice and increasing public awareness is what the ride is about, Smith added.

“A lot of people were touched by this, and there are a lot of people showing support. We just want to go out and do the same thing,” she said.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

What a crock of b.s. . They are going to look like a bunch of idiots, they might as well wear sombraros-

to the grammar Nazi , go to hell !!!

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2WarrenRicheyKid(169 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Ride on, bikers! Glad to see the national outpouring in this case. Bikers will help. There needs to be a trial.

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3Photoman(1249 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

If we had a ride for innocent victims in Youngstown and Warren there would be a ride, with or without hoodies, damn near every day but--I guess this is a way to get some pictures in the paper.

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4dmacker(537 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Riding a motorcycle with a hoodie on.
Now that's a way to make an impact.
A sudden impact.

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5jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I didn't see anyboy ride when those elderly white citizens were shot leaving church. So what, thier lives don't mean anything? I guess black on black or black on white crime is ok, but if a white takes the life of a black then suddenly everybody is up in arms. Thugs and criminals come in all colors and if you can ride for one victim then you should ride for all victims or don't ride at all!

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6vinglass(295 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

If Zimmerman is a "White-Hispanic", does this make the president "White-Black"??

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7redeye1(5666 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Vinglass No that depends on which group he is speaking to at the time.

jfgiancola If they rode for all the crime victims they would never sleep. Besides this one might get them a photo -op like someone else said, the others are meaning less if they can't get on TV

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8doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Only a fool would think you have to participate in a charitable bike run to make a difference.This is not a charitable bike run to benefit some poor soul but instead it is an attention grabbing event that will have no effect on the true facts of the Martin case.I can't wait to see the thousands of hoody wearing bikers LOL.

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9doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

fyi I donate to what I consider to be worthwhile causes monetary support. You don't seem to get it. What does this event have to do with any worthwhile cause?

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10mav541(6 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

FLHTCUI, some people just don't get it! You will always have people who will tell you how wrong you, and the world is, and not lift a finger to help or change anything! Its a fact that bikers, as a collective, raise more money nationwide every year, than any charity in the world.....and the money stays right in their communities. Another worthwhile note, almost every event is paid for buy the clubs, so 100% of the money raised goes to the charity.

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11southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Seems silly to me; my opinion and I'm entitled to it.

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12LadyMadonna(32 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The only thing that is constant is change. Love one another.

The President of the United States is Black. His nationality is American. His race is HUMAN. His ethnic make up is Heinz 57 just like the majority of folks in the melting pot.

Let the folks use their motorcycles for what they want to do.

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13cambridge(4139 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

@all you posters that want to disparage the bikers for a cause they wish to draw attention. I would bet my bottom dollar that if a ride or any other kind of get together was organized to draw attention for murder victims in the valley, more bikers would show up than any of you self righteous hypocrites.

It's amazing that every time anyone in the valley does anything positive for any reason the same haters show up. It's like clock work.

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14whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Nothing wrong with helping out a cause, this one however is a media hype.

To those that are clue-less lets take for example the HELL's Angels m.c.

Wasn't that long ago while they were "riding for toys for tots" , as the stuff animals were strapped to the seat for the "TOTS", the side bags were stuffed with meth.

Not all bikers are evil, but there is always an underlying agenda, either for profit, or good will.

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