Bikers denied no-stop permit for 9/11 rally, apologize to residents

The countdown to Sept. 11 commemoration demonstrations by patriotic bikers versus a fringe Muslim “truther” group is taking shape, and despite some confusion about the technicalities, the court of popular opinion isn’t even close:

Let the good guys roll.

Denied a permit by the nation’s capital for a special “non-stop” ride through town with a waiver for red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls, organizers of the “2 Million Bikers to DC” ride to remember 9/11 are undeterred.

Just riding on a public street doesn’t take any special permission after all, even if you have a million people doing it. They just sought the permit to make life easier on the city’s residents and businesses.

So the ride will go on. It’s just going to take a little longer.

“We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies,” organizers wrote on Facebook  Saturday. “What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all-day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.”

The ride’s route won’t be posted in advance for security reasons, but the lineup is set to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Harley Davidson of Washington (9402 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md.) with a blessing, Pledge of Allegiance and guest speakers.

Kickstands go up at 11 a.m.

(UPDATE: Organizers of “2 Million Bikers to DC” have been monitoring coverage of the event closely. In a comment on this story posted below, the group thanked the unofficial response from the Beltway-area police.)

 We WILL ride as we did not really need a permit, but did apply for THEIR benefit. We were told by Sheila Gotha of the Permits DEPT. “This Ride Only event has been denied.” When asked why, her only response was “It’s a weekday and DC residents are not going to happy with you folks.”

We did our best to explain that IF we received assistance with road blocks, etc. it would be beneficial to the residents of DC as we would be able to get through in much less time. Her response, “Permit Denied”. NOW I will say almost every LEO Dept that was on that call did reach out to us afterwards. They were concerned as well, but MOST were VERY SUPPORTIVE! They were not able to help with road blocks, but wished us well!

Meanwhile, the Muslims have a permit, but how much of a protest is tough to predict.

The American Muslim Political Action Committee announced Saturday it had received a permit for the misleadingly labeled Million Americans Against Fear demonstration – formerly known as the Million Muslim March – to go ahead Wednesday on the National Mall.

It also announced it had received a commitment from U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus to speak at the event.

However, the demonstration has drawn little support from better known Muslim groups and will likely be dwarfed by the bikers in the streets.

UPDATE: Cleaver’s office contacted BizPac Review shortly before noon Wednesday to say there was a “miscommunication” with the group and the  congressman had never agreed to speak at the gathering.

The announcement American Muslim Political Action Committee posted on its Facebook page Sept. 7 was crystal clear.

It said: “Very big news for Million American March Against Fear, Finally we have our Permit on hand and guess who joined with our march? The United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver – Chairman of Congressional Black Caucus and will be speaking at the MAMAF – 9/11/13 Event. Thank you Congressman Cleaver, we are so glad to have you with AMPAC and with MAMAF.”

In an email, Cleaver’s office said the congressman had met with AMPAC, but said any idea Cleaver would participate was a “miscommunication.” It said “neither of the Congressman’s schedulers (in DC or in KC) were ever made aware of this event, nor were they asked about the Congressman’s availability for participation.”

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Robert Edwards

    GO BIKERS!!!!

    • Abunchofbullshit

      Amen Robert!! My bet is Sheila Gotha of the Permits Department will get promoted to a position in the IRS building! The stupidity of this decision for the taxpayers of the DC area is amazing as it is going to be a longgggg day. I’m sure the bikers will love the scenic slow trip they get thanks to her. Yes, it’s a weekday Sheila, BUT IT’S 9/11!!!!

      • Chuck Peyton

        I hope they alter their route to go all over DC instead of just a ride through , zig zag all over town , obey the laws but make as much noise as they can disrupt the city as much as they can but stay within the law

    • Supersam

      Good bikers are already joining the March.

  • Marcia Andes Kulp

    go bikers! I am so proud of each and every one of you!

    • patricia lockwood

      hoorah to our “bikers”. love you all for all you do.

  • James McEnanly

    You need a permit just to pass through Washington DC?

    • neverbetty

      The permit was to do just that..pass through WITHOUT having to stop at red lights, stop sign and yield signs!!
      SMH!

      • Elaine Eckart

        like then ones Obama gets in every town he wants to drive thru with his entourage.

        • Steve Despopoulos

          And every other President before him and those to come after.

          • Gottobefree

            Yea not much of an argument there, lol
            But I’m sure it’s all Bush’s fault.

        • Susan Tilghman Hawthorne

          Are there a million in his entourage? NO! I’d love to hear you scream when you sit at the intersection waiting for a MILLION cyclists go by while you can’t get to where you’re supposed to be on time!

          • Gottobefree

            Then get your lazy lib ass out early and plan for coming home late, I’m sure you will hanging with your Muslim brothers. Screw your wait times, if they would have also issued the permits to the TRUE AMERICANS then it would have gone a hell of a lot quicker with the cops working the red lights and stop signs. Funny how the Muslims got one but the Americans wake . Wake up you sheep

          • Thomas Donohue

            It`s an all day event from the article:

            “We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies,” organizers wrote on Facebook Saturday. “What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all-day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.”

          • Iris Marshall

            Get over it! I would love to be sitting there watching them honor our lost from 9/11.

          • Kathy Smith

            I’d love to hear you scream, also. You POS.

          • Holli1901

            Istood at attention and saluted for 45 mins while a young man of 20 – a Fallen Marine from my county was brought home to be laid to rest. So, I’d sit through waiting for bikers to ride through for this cause. It saddens me you wouldn’t. There was plenty of time to prepare your day around it. Many of us around Charlotte have to plan our Sundays around football games and NASCAR races. It’s one day out of your life – in which – you could sit and say a prayer for all those who have died and all those who choose to wear a uniform for their towns, states and countries. Say a prayer for those men who will never meet their children and to the men who came home to empty bank accounts and divorce papers in the mail. Say Thank You to the single mom who deployed and was sued for custody while deployed. Taking a few mins to Thank GOD for those people must not be as important as being on time…

          • Jeffrey Murphy

            i hope they get to interrupt you praying 5 times a day, more often, or are you just mad that they scared off the rag-heads

      • Steve Despopoulos

        Basically a parade permit.

    • https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC 2MillionBikerstoDC

      NO WE DO NOT ;-)

      • Tish

        I LOVE IT ..Muslims share DC streets with HOGS ..Go Bikers

        • Zoltanne

          “Choppers And Chops!”

      • Lawman561

        I’m a LEO in FL, and every other LEO I talk to is behind you guys and gals 100%. If we weren’t working we’d be going. God bless and thank you for doing what needs to be done!

        • https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC 2MillionBikerstoDC

          Lawman5661 ~ We are so PROUD of our LEO’s! SO MANY will actually be riding WITH us! We thank and Pray DAILY for your safety and service. God Bless

          Belinda Bee Co-Creator /National Organizer

          https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC

          • LibLoather

            You rock!! Show the ragheads who this country belongs to.

      • Melissa Bywalski

        God Bless you all! we are praying for every one of you!

    • Susan Tilghman Hawthorne

      No, the permit is so they can drive through without obeying red lights and stop signs. So YOU can sit and watch while a million of them pass by while you sit and wait. And are late. And miss your appointment. Or miss your plane. Or your children stand at the curb somewhere wondering where the heck you are.

      • 1704212

        Stop bitching and take the day off, relax, watch your TV shows.

      • Gottobefree

        Whine whine whine, why would your children be standing on a curb? What kind of parent are you? There would be police at the intersections to watch the flow, do you even live in DC?
        All about you and “your time” let me guess you don’t give a rats ass about the people who died in the Twin Towers or the people who Died trying to take a planes controls back front the Muslim terrorist? That’s why the Bikers will be there, not for people like you. But for people who believe the that you have the right to be the lazy libtard you are. Oh I’m going to be late… Get over it.
        I’m sure the Muslims will not get in your way, I haven’t heard you complain about them, just the Americans. Infidel

      • Kevin Clark

        Bet you voted for obumbler. An obumbler voter is the only one that would whine as much as you do and the only ones that would have ANY issue with them. Had the muslims not decided to try to seize the day for their own propaganda, there never would have been a biker rally in DC. I think they should to do it every year. No permits just book out the campgrounds and reasonable priced hotels for 100 miles around and just tour the city, seeing the sights, patronizing local business. Market it a s a family event. Turn it into a history lesson for kids. Make it a second “July 4th”. The local business would love it and would probably set up a local board to help with the planning. Just an idea. If it pisses you off so much the better.

        • Susan Tilghman Hawthorne

          Well you’re wrong, Kevin Clark :) I love that the Rolling Thunder went to DC, I just don’t like it when people take something and twist it to try and make it fit their political view. Obama had nothing to do with the permit.
          When people try to make something like this appear to be something it’s not, they lose their credibility and that only hurts their cause.

    • King Umbarrii

      Only if with a police escort and without stopping.

      I think that is the fact.

  • Angel T Engle

    Keep the rubber side down and Givem some Lod Pipes brothers and sisters <3 wish I was there. <3 God bless and bee safe.

  • https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC 2MillionBikerstoDC

    TO BIZPAC ~ Joe Saunders Sir, thank you for correcting the article from yesterday. It is imperative we keep only accurate information circulating. We WILL ride as we did not really need a permit, but did apply for THEIR benefit. We were told by Sheila Gotha of the Permits DEPT. “This Ride Only event has been denied.” When asked why, her only response was “It’s a weekday and DC residents are not going to happy with you folks.”

    We did our best to explain that IF we received assistance with road blocks, etc. it would be beneficial to the residents of DC as we would be able to get through in much less time. Her response, “Permit Denied”. NOW I will say almost every LEO Dept that was on that call did reach out to us afterwards. They were concerned as well, but MOST were VERY SUPPORTIVE! They were not able to help with road blocks, but wished us well!

    We ask ALL RIDERS to follow ALL traffic and safety laws, and reminded them of the DC laws re: carrying weapon. DC does NOT allow the carrying of any weapons. We will remain as vigilant as we can. However, in the end,each rider makes their own choices and decisions. We just pray most of them realize if we want to make this an annual event, and incidents will carry a lot of heat behind it. IN other words IF this rides goes smoothly, with no incidents, then we may have better luck with permits next year.

    Thank you again sir.

    God Bless ALL those participating and supporting this event and MAY WE BLESS GOD AGAIN IN AMERICA!

    Belinda Bee
    Co, Creator/National Organizer

    • Angel T Engle

      I wanted to go but hubby could not get off but with you in Spirit my son Lance Corpal Bobby Lee Twiity Gave all and I know hes riding with you all in spirit Be safe .God Bless you all. I am A South Texas PGR rider and I am so proud of you all and Thank you.

      • heidisatwork

        Thank you for your sacrifice Angel, as a Marine Mom, I share your pain.
        Heidi

      • Bo Frye

        God Bless you and Bobby. Semper Fidelis.

    • msamericanpatriot

      I wished I had a hog trike and I would be in HOG HEAVEN riding with you guys AND gals. I have autism and I am pray Godspeed. You have your permit, the Constitution.

      • Beadbabe16

        AMEN!!! Why are we allowing a muslem terrorist RUN ~OUR~ country?? into the GROUND?????

    • michele kirk

      Belinda,
      We are proud to be one of the first to post this great event and applaud you for organizing it! The article you are referring to ‘from yesterday’ was actually from Sept. 3rd and was written shortly after your Aug 30th post on your site “We got a call from DC today. Our permit has a # and a processor.” We updated the article to avoid confusion since people were still sharing it and not paying attention to the date. We are happy to keep updating the public on this and wish you all the best of luck in making this an annual event. Keep us posted!
      Michele Kirk
      Managing Editor, Biz Pac Review

      • https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC 2MillionBikerstoDC

        Thank you so much Michele Kirk. God Bless you all!

    • oliverdarcy

      I am working on a story for this for TheBlaze.com. Can someone from your organization contact me? You can reach me at odarcy@theblaze.com.

      • https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC 2MillionBikerstoDC

        Oliver please email to 2MBTDC@GMAIL.COM. We tried for days to get The Blaze’s attention. Sadly today I am on the road. However my asst will schedule a time for us with you! Thanks Belinda

    • Susan Tilghman Hawthorne

      I think it’s great they want to do this but agree with the permit being denied. I would be beside myself if I had to sit at the intersection waiting for a MILLION cyclists go by while I can’t get to where I’m supposed to be on time! While I’m late to work, or can’t get to my child’s school, or miss my plane. How will this benefit me?

      • Gottobefree

        You you you libtard, ow lazy are you. I suppose you mind the Muslims slowing you down.
        Leave early or stay home you lazy lib.

      • Rondo7

        Why does it have to benefit you, pig.

      • Kathy Smith

        Susan Tilghman Hawthorne, Would you please STFU!!!!!!!! Poor you!! Wah wah wah!! Guess what? There are bigger issues than you and your whining self!!!! It’s 9/11. Do you think you could have some respect for your country and for those who died on this very day?? I hope you have to wait ALL damned day for every single thing you have to do. THANK YOU, Bikers!! I love and respect you!! Please know that the majority of us are behind you!! Maybe not the whiner here, but she doesn’t count. Much love!!!!!

  • MaeBelle Barger

    YOU BIKERS TRIED YOUR EST TO MAKE THIS RIDE CONVENIENT FOR THE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES…BUT THE DUMMIES AT PERMITS ARE NOW TO BLAME FOR THE INCONVENIENCE….

    • Razorgirl53

      Just like the other Lefties in that City, they fail to anticipate the chain of events they set in motion when they do stuff like this. Ms. Gotha didn’t have a clue who she was dealing with, did she.

  • freda hartman

    Thank you for standing up for America…

  • Robert Duffield

    GO BIKERS !!!!!! Proud of u guys !

  • Champ Frehmel

    Any bets on whether the lame stream media will cover this event?

    • uselogic19

      They will. Barely. But will paint it as being a huge burden on DC residents, call it “illegal” due to no “no stop” permit, etc.

  • Beadbabe16

    Just UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Yes, GO BIKERS!! We ARE AMERICA!!