Opponents of the Truckers for Freedom Optimus are celebrating GoFundMe’s decision to stop fundraising due to protests. They may want to soften the joy of this development. The dissolution of growing funds for the convoy is actually a disguised blessing.
No one saw the grassroots fundraiser explode like this. Organizer Tamara Lich has set a conservative goal of raising $ 10,000 to $ 100,000 to offset the costs of those traveling on convoys to Ottawa. Rich, along with many other Canadians, was astonished that the fund raised over $ 10 million in weeks from well over 100,000 individual donors.
The huge amount of donors and the dollars generated were a victory in their own right. The fund has shown that support for convoys far exceeds those who were traveling to Ottawa to protest. People across the country want to support this effort, and if they can’t participate directly, they have provided financial support. It visibly showed how wide the actual widespread support for convoys was, beyond the thousands of trucks and people gathering in Ottawa. The fund itself has become an international topic. So was the cancellation of it.
The problem that always arises when a lot of money is collected in one place is that someone wants to receive it. The $ 10 million pot that everyone can see was no exception.
Attorney Paul Champ has filed a class action proceeding against the convoy over the annoyance of a truck honking in Ottawa. It’s no coincidence, but he wants $ 10 million. Undoubtedly, his proceedings, whatever it was, would have been consistent with the convoy’s funding pool. There is no point in demanding more than they have, or less than they can be robbed of.
Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson publicly meditated on initiating legal action to seize funds to offset the costs of local police. This has never been done in protest, but never so much money was there.
As long as that big-funded plum hangs there, opportunists will feel forced to rob it.
It’s gone now and that’s a good thing.
If the money remains in your GoFundMe account, one of the legal actions will eventually withhold the funds until the issue is resolved. Money can be detained for months or even years. That would have been a setback for the convoy.
By shutting down GoFundMe, donors will receive a full refund and will be able to devote their funding elsewhere. This is exactly what they are doing.
Within 24 hours, a new fundraiser GiveSendGo Raised Over $ 1 Million For Freedom Convoy trackers. The site crashed and was overwhelmed by the sudden influx of donors, but the money is flowing.
People are dedicated to supporting convoys, and with each funding initiative closed, more will surface. Authorities will waste time chasing new sources of funding and whac-a-mole. If they have to do, people will bring cash directly to the protest.
Convoy protests are happening all over the country. Many who get refunds from GoFundMe will now dedicate it to local action. The central protests never really needed such a huge sum of money in the first place. Spreading support across the country will actually make them much more effective and much harder to stop.
The Truckers for Freedom convoy has already withdrawn $ 1 million from the first fundraiser, and at least that much more money will come from the new fundraiser. They are not at risk of losing money.
Convoy supporters are becoming more and more active in the face of GoFundMe’s enthusiastic actions and efforts to stop funding means. You will find that they tend to go to demonstrations directly rather than just sending money. Again, this is a good development for the convoy.
Trackers for Freedom Convoy is making history. I’ve never seen so many Canadians stand up and choose to oppose the government’s overkill. Protests continue to gain momentum and something will have to be given soon.
Closing the GoFundMe account wasn’t a setback for Truckers for Freedom participants. It only strengthened them.
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