Convoy of truckers departing from California to DC to protest against Biden, mandates
As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to express outrage at a ‘freedom convoy’ of truckers opposing the government’s vaccination mandate for truckers, a group of truckers in the United States has announced plans to stand travel to Washington, DC, as part of a similar “people’s convoy” next month.
In an announcement posted to Facebook on Wednesday, organizers of The People’s Convoy praised “our brothers and sisters of the highway” for successfully opening “Canadians’ eyes to the unconstitutional mandates and hardships imposed on their people,” before to declare, “It is time for the citizens of the United States of America to unite and demand the restoration of our constitutional rights.”
Organizers of the U.S. convoy said they would follow in the footsteps of Canadian truckers and embark on a journey to the nation’s capital to protest coronavirus mandates imposed by the Biden administration. “On March 4, truckers and all freedom-loving Americans will begin arriving at Coachella Valley in Indio, California to participate in a rally to be held the afternoon of March 4-5 to defeat unconstitutional mandates” , they said.
“Will be in attendance are the best doctors in the world, representing the truth about the pandemic and related policies, supportive police officers, firefighters, military personnel, musicians, inspirational journalists, religious leaders and people from all walks of life – se coming together to support [the] the assembly of the convoy will prove that the American people are a powerful force.
Organizers noted that they will provide “arrival fuel reimbursement for everyone attending this event” and that “the convoy will exit California after the rally.” Although convoy details have yet to be released, the trip to Washington, DC is expected to take several days, as the Coachella Valley is more than 2,500 miles from the nation’s capital.
The popular convoy announcement comes as truckers continue to gather in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, to protest the mandate that truckers crossing the Canada-US border on the job must either get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or self-quarantine upon their return. in the country.
While Prime Minister Trudeau has attempted to portray truckers participating in the Freedom Convoy as followers of “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-black racism, homophobia and transphobia,” field interviews with the truckers revealed a group diverse of people. Freelance journalist Rupa Subramanya, who lives in Ottawa, detailed his conversations with about 100 Freedom Convoy participants in a Substack article on Thursday.
Subramanya insisted that “none of them looked like an insurgent, a white supremacist, a racist or a misogynist”. While opposition to the vaccination mandate for truckers was the Freedom Convoy’s main motivator, frustration with coronavirus vaccination mandates in general prompted vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians to participate.
Subramanya spoke to several immigrants, including Sikh immigrant Kamal Pannu, who lives in Montreal. “He had joined the convoy because the COVID restrictions in the surrounding province of Quebec had become too much to bear,” Subramanya reported. “He said he and his wife used to shop at Costco, until the government decreed that non-vaxxers would be banned from big box stores. Since then, their monthly grocery bill had jumped by $200.
According to Subramanya, Freedom Convoy participants have had some success in achieving the desired outcome: “Protesters feel the mood is changing. On Tuesday, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced the end of his province’s proof-of-vaccination policy. “It is time for us too to heal the divisions in our communities over vaccination,” he said.
“Joel Lightbound, a prominent Quebec MP and member of the Liberal Party, Trudeau’s party, criticized the federal government,” Subramanya added. “The government, Lightbound said, had moved ‘from a more positive approach to one that stigmatizes and divides people’. Truckers say they won’t leave Ottawa until warrants, lockdowns — everything — are dropped.
In addition to denouncing Freedom Convoy participants as racists and white supremacists, government officials seized fuel from truckers. Ottawa police and city officials argue that helping truckers get fuel, needed both for onward trips and as a source of heat for truckers sleeping in the cab of their trucks, is a ” mischief”.
Although the main objective of the truckers of the Freedom Convoy in Canada and the next convoy in the United States is to influence public policy in their respective countries, the convoys also have an economic impact. Truckers closed the Ambassador Bridge in Michigan, which Fox News described as “the busiest international crossing in North America, carrying 25% of all trade between Canada and the United States.”
The blocking of the Ambassador Bridge and other international crossings has hurt the auto industry’s ability to do business. He forced the closure of a manufacturing plant operated by the Ford Motor Company and prevented Toyota from manufacturing vehicles in the Canadian province of Ontario. Additionally, General Motors cannot operate one of its plants in Michigan due to parts shortages caused by the blockade.
The Freedom Convoy in Canada relied on donations to cover fuel, food and accommodation costs associated with the protest. Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has removed a fundraiser for the convoy from its website, allegedly due to “multiple discussions with local law enforcement and police reports of violence and other illegal activities”. GoFundMe then attempted to confiscate the millions of dollars that had been raised before being forced to return the funds after a public backlash.
Following the dissolution of fundraising GoFundMe, Christian crowdfunding website GiveSendGo became the new home for fundraising efforts on behalf of Freedom Convoy participants. As of Friday afternoon, fundraiser GiveSendGo had raised nearly $9 million of a goal of $16 million.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org