Gypsy Jokers: the hidden pestilence of MLK Boulevard.

The Southern Poverty Lawn Center, a prominent NGO tracking hate groups in the United States, reported earlier this month that:

A massive investigation in Oregon shows evidence of a criminal web – involving guns, drugs, stolen property, identity theft and violence – linking white supremacists and outlaw motorcycle gangs.

“Operation White Christmas,” as the year-old investigation is code-named, so far has resulted in the arrests of 54 individuals, mostly in the Portland area, leading to 11 criminal cases in state court and another 43 in federal court…

Others arrested, investigators say, are associates of the Gypsy Jokers outlaw motorcycle gang whose members were believed to be involved in firearms and drug trafficking with the white supremacist gangs.

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Incredibly, the Gypsy Jokers have a clubhouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Fremont and Beech on the west side. The clubhouse exits onto Garfield, and the Jokers own a house that borders the clubhouse on Garfield. (A couple of years ago, I went along Garfield to photograph the Jokers clubhouse, and someone came out of the house on Garfield to warn me away.)

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The Gypsy Joker gang made the headlines last year when a member of the club, Joshua Cavett – his skin resplendent with white-supremacist tattoos – murdered his wife in front of their two-year-old daughter, after his wife obtained a restraining order against him. (For a response to this killing from a person writing with the lens of anti-domestic violence work, read the YWCA of Greater Portland’s post about it.)

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Back in 2004 the Portland Police Bureau used a battering ram to invade the Gypsy Jokers’ compound on MLK; in 2008 the motorcycle club won a $50000 excessive force lawsuit about the Police Bureau resulting from the attack. An attorney for the Jokers at the time said, “Bikers still get a bad rap from some very dated stereotypes.”

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Simon Sez Productions, referenced on the image above, is the organizer of the local Strip Poker Run, held annually.

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I’ve said that if it’s happening somewhere in America, it also happens on a small scale in Portland, on MLK. Here’s our own piece of white supremacist thuggery, dearest Portland, on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Gypsy Jokers: the hidden pestilence of MLK Boulevard.”

  1. Quit trying to spread your own Hate agenda here. Go bash your head against a wall somewhere else! . A little diversity in the neighborhood and you gotta make a fuss, lame accusations? “Others arrested, investigators say, are associates of the Gypsy Jokers outlaw motorcycle gang whose members were believed to be involved in firearms and drug trafficking with the white supremacist gangs.” Notice there were NO arrests of ANY Gypsy Jokers? Alleged ‘Associates’ are like you, Unknown. “Back in 2004 the Portland Police Bureau used a battering ram to invade the Gypsy Jokers’ compound on MLK; in 2008 the motorcycle club won a $50000 excessive force lawsuit about the Police Bureau resulting from the attack. An attorney for the Jokers at the time said, “Bikers still get a bad rap from some very dated stereotypes.” Read it again. “Simon Sez Productions, referenced on the image above, is the organizer of the local Strip Poker Run, held annually.” This is bad???? You should be happy they are out of ‘the hood’ for awhile! As far as the piece of shit Joshua Cavett, he does not represent anything or any one in the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle club. Neighbors have stated publicly that there has been no problems between themselves and the club. They keep to themselves – and you should too.

    1. Unfortunately, your response is completely uneducated and inaccurate. At the very least, this childish “clubhouse” has been polluting the neighborhood with excessive noise ALL hours of the day and night for the 13+ years I’ve lived here. It’s criminal at best, and the neighborhood can only hope they get shut down. They belong in an industrial district where noise is a nonissue. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to that neighborhood.

      1. Look all around MLK BLVD, its a freaking shit hole if anything the Gypsy jokers are an improvement in that neighborhood, yeah the city of Portland has made mlk Look better but it just what they say polishing a turd plain and simple, all the black gangs and crack heads and prostitututs still run rampid all around up an down from 33rd to interstate so let’s quit kidding ourselves the Gypsy joker’s are the least of that neighborhoods problem

        1. I agree with you 100% my son and a few buddies took wrong bus so i came into Portland to get them I took wrong turn onto Mlk got out to ask directions I stand 5 9 was approached by three black men and they were not nice. Two jokers rode by saw my face flipped a bitch it was all it took. What would have happened if they did not ride by that day??? Bikers may have a bad rap, but they sure are good people! Thank you to those two.

      2. I say if you can’t get along with the jokers. Then move were all equal maybe you should have bought the building but they did and that means deal with it. If you was renting it out you surely wouldn’t bit cheaper come rent day.

  2. This article is pure speculation and stops just short of advocating witch hunt. We have plenty of known problems.

  3. You know all of you that pass judgement don’t really know nothing at all, these fellas are very family oriented,

  4. Somebody other than a white person who moved in from out of town and presumably displaced one apartment worth of black people, has a right to talk THIS JUDGMENTALLY about race issues on MLK.

  5. Callin’ BS has a valid point. The true racism on MLK is not a club, but those who are coming in, jacking up the rent and forcing blacks out of the area. But why write about that? It would force you to remove the plank in your own eye. NE MLK has turned into a Hipster Haven. In order for that to happen, many minorities were displaced and forced into east county in search for lower housing costs. So, tell me, who truly has done the most harm to minorities on MLK? I’ll give you a hint: they ride bikes, but their bikes don’t have motors.

  6. Surely you jest. How long have you actually been a resident of that neighborhood, let alone Portland? If you lived in the neighborhood at any time between the late ’70’s through it’s total gentrification in the mid to late ’90’s you would know what an absolute festering crime riddled shit hole it has been up until now, and that they are the absolute LEAST of the problems in it. Growing up next to another local club I can assure you that most of the crime associated with bad neighborhoods like this tends to make a wide berth around a clubhouse creating a nearly crime free pocket of a few blocks or more. I have many,many of my own personal experiences in this matter and hundreds of stories related to me by friends and people I have met who grew up around that and other local clubs attesting to that fact AND countless stories of citizens being saved from rape, muggings, and other horrible crimes by these people, NOT crimes being perpetrated by them. The only prejudice and hatred I see anywhere around here is in the uniformed opinion of the author. Also, if you check the facts of the recent incidents in Waco, you will find that nervous law enforcement officers over-reacted to an argument in the bathroom and fired OVER 1000 rounds into a crowded restaurant full of civilians, a violation of any firearms training or common sense, killing 9, and are holding 170 people including witnesses on outrageously high million dollar bonds.

  7. I think everyone has a right to gather/and I think obviously there is good people and bad people/but to lump them all together is childish/if you met the devil himself and you thought what a nice man!!
    I lived in NE Portland for some time never had any trouble/the prostitutes and druggies are just more blatantly open than the ones in more “respectable” areas…..Too many people must not have enough to do so they wanna find trouble by poking around online lol!!

  8. I have much love for GJMC. If it wasn’t for one that dated my mom back in the day and made sure i went school as a kid as well as the club as a whole watching out for us who knows where I or my mom would be.. BTW was always cool to ride on the back of a Harley with a patched Joker.. Never had a bully problem lol.. Much respect… Ride free

  9. […] Gypsy Jokers: the hidden pestilence of MLK Boulevard. | MLK in Motion – The Gypsy Joker gang made the headlines last year when a member of the club, Joshua Cavett – his skin resplendent with white-supremacist tattoos – murdered his wife in front of their two-year-old daughter, after his wife obtained a restraining order against him. (For a response to this killing from a person writing with the lens of anti-domestic violence work, read the YWCA of Greater Portland’s post about it.) […]

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