By Judi McLeod
The jury’s no longer out on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, which like so many social platforms of the day, is heavily influenced by far left politics.
The story of the day isn’t that GoFundMe,”now nixing the Canadian trucker $10-million trucker fundraiser while having promoted the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest appeal”, as reported today by Fox News—but that the trucker fundraising has moved on—moved on even before seeing the Fox story.
Not only have the truckers moved on but so have their supporters.
“Despite all the server attacks against them, the truckers Convoy has raised $2 million in 2 days on GiveSendGo”-Behizy on gab.
“Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, which is now caught up in controversy over its nixing of a fundraiser for the Canadian trucker protests, once promoted an appeal for the 2020 Seattle Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP.) (Fox News, Feb. 6, 2022)
“The platform on Friday announced that it had frozen the convoy’s official campaign, offering a justification that there was violence connected to the Freedom Convoy and the protest had turned into an occupation. The truckers are protesting Canada’s vaccine mandates.
“We now have evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity,” a statement from GoFundMe said.”
What evidence? Who’s seen it?
“It said it had subsequently judged the fundraiser to be in violation of its terms of service (specifically clauses barring the promotion of violence and harassment) and that it was being removed. It subsequently reversed a decision to redistribute any funds that had not been claimed.” (Fox News)
Donors gave no permission to GoFundMe to “redistribute” their donations.
“The GoFundMe page to support the “Freedom Convoy” of Canadian truckers was approaching $10 million as of Monday evening, which is more money than the major federal political parties of Canada raised during the last quarter of 2021. (Fox News)
“However, despite its concern about “occupation,” in 2020 the platform not only allowed, but also gave its backing on social media to a fundraiser for a farmer working in the left-wing Seattle protest which occupied a six-block downtown area.
“In a community with no police, this farmer is feeding people & bringing them closer together,” the tweet said with a link to the fundraiser. “Learn how you can support Marcus’ mission within the CHOP.”
“The platform retweeted a Bloomberg interview with the farmer, in which he said it was interesting to him to see “an area that has been highly gentrified taken over and occupied and for these people to experience what it’s like to be occupied and to deal with issues of being displaced.”
“While the CHOP was initially heralded by liberal media outlets and politicians, the New York Times later reported on the experience of besieged business owners who endured the occupation and violence that accompanied it.
“Business crashed as the Seattle police refused to rspond to calls to the area. Officers did not retake the region until July 1, after four shootings, including two fatal ones,” the Times reported.
“Fox News reported at the time that crimes including shooting and assaults had taken place, that protesters had reportedly blocked police from responding to crimes and that the local police chief had said that 911 response times to reports of burglaries, rapes and other crimes had tripled in the vicinity.
“The contrast between GoFundMe’s backing of CHOP and its nixing of the Freedom Convoy fundraiser was noted by commentators including Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
“Double-standard?” he tweeted on Friday.”
Platforms licensed to collect money from the public have no business inserting political influence on how the money is distributed.
Godspeed the GoFund-Me investigation by Governor Ron DeSantis, and other states—and all potential litigants chasing the crowdfunding platform through the Courts.
In the video below, Convoy organizer Tamara Lich informs Canadians on the easiest and simplest way to give and support truckers and those fighting for our freedoms in Ottawa:
“This is Tamara Lich here, from beautiful downtown Ottawa on this lovely Friday afternoon.
“We are here today to give you an update on the situation here with GoFundMe, as well as how you can continue to help the truckers we have on the ground here.
“So as you know GoFundMe has released only $1 Million of the over $10 Million that you have donated thus far, and they have frozen the rest of it for now.
“I wanted to get you some accurate information on how you can support the Truckers who are on the ground here at the moment.
“We have decided to team up with an organization called GiveSendGo and which is going to enable us to get donations into the hands of the truckers, much much quicker, while everybody gets the rest of the stuff sorted out.
“So it is going to be GiveSendGo and Freedom Convoy 2022.
“You can check out their site, there will be links posted here, shortly once we have all this information up, and so yeah, please, if you can donate and help us, keep these truckers going . We plan to be here for the long haul , as long as it takes to ensure that your rights and freedoms are restored.
“And honestly, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you very much and we will continue to bring you updates as we have all that information, so thank you very much.”
Freedom Convoy 2022 and its massive supporters have the unprecedented potential to free the West from overreaching, tyrannical governments worldwide!
Go, Freedom Convoy 2022, Go!
Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.