Last week, it was announced that U.S. truckers planned to hold their Freedom Convoy protests in solidarity with the Canadian freedom convoy. The convoy, which already had 1,000 trucks committed, plans to start out in California and drive eastward until it is in Washington D.C., where they will host a demonstration.
The U.S. Freedom Convoy learned from past mistakes from other movements and planned to put its funds in an escrow account rather than using platforms like GoFundMe so its funds couldn’t be frozen or seized quickly by the government.
The convoy, which set out today, has brought in a significant sum of money even though it only began, raising over 300,000 as of Monday morning. Tim Cast Reports–
“The group, who are protesting COVID-19 restrictions, is raising money through the American Foundation for Civil Liberties and Freedom and said that they had raised $311,362 as of Monday morning.”
The group put out an announcement giving their statement of purpose before setting out, saying “The truckers and blue-collar workers of the United States will be joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life – frontline doctors, lawyers, first responders, former military servicemen and women, students, retirees, mothers, fathers and children – on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey toward the east coast. The truckers encourage one and all to come out to the stadium in the heart of Adelanto, California to wish them well, see them off and join in the journey,” the press release states.
The organizers further said that the movement is a big tent, including people from all walks of life who are fed up with the US government’s authoritarian covid restrictions.
“This convoy is about freedom and unity: the truckers are riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds – Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Mormons, Agnostics, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Republican, Democrats. All individuals are welcome to participate by either attending the launch gathering – at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 23, at Adelanto Stadium – or by getting in their own vehicles and following the big rigs from Adelanto toward the east coast.”