Dear Editorial Board,
I sent the following letter to [email protected] with respect to the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign.The letter is self-explanatory.For obvious reasons please keep my name anonymous”
Dear GoFundMe Team,
I do not agree with your hosting of the “fundraiser” for the Truckers’ Freedom Convoy 2022.
I am not a donor to this lunatic fund. I am a Canadian Citizen and among the 90% of the population who is fully vaccinated and who does not condone these protests – in any way.
Facebook protest sites are now asking people to write to GoFundMe to ensure that this fund continues.
So, if you start to receive form-style letters asserting that Joe/Joanne Blow represents ALL the people of Canada (who have had their freedoms curtailed) – keep that vaccination percentage fully in mind as this represents most Canadians. This 90% also uses GoFundMe to donate to worthwhile causes.
In terms of this being a “peaceful protest”, I do not agree that causing major border delays is peaceful.
I do not agree that planning to jam Canadian highways and intimidating citizens and the Canadian Government is “peaceful”.
I do not agree that collecting funds to enable a large group of testosterone-driven men to put extortive pressure on the Canadian Government – by collecting en masse in Ottawa – is peaceful.
I do not agree that blocking highways and borders and thus slowing down the supply chain for all Canadians is peaceful. If not legally, then morally, it can be construed as a hostage-taking of all Canadians – vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.
In short, allowing this group to collect funds for the purpose of occupying the city of Ottawa, Canada and to foment what might easily become a violent confrontation with the government of Canada and its police forces and or military, will be tantamount to condoning and abetting an act of terrorism that brings to mind the recent January 6 (2021) occupation of the US capitol.
In terms of Ms. Tamara Lich – the organizer of this GoFundMe campaign – she is a past affiliate of the Yellow Vest movement (linked to death threats against the Canadian Prime Minister) and the current secretary of the recently formed Maverick Party (they were Wexit) who advocate for Alberta separating from Canada to join the US. Not exactly a pro-Canada cheerleader.
I thought the concept of GoFundMe was to help people to donate to worthy causes; to help each other. This current campaign is totally against the spirit of GoFundMe as I understand it.
In closing; if GoFundMe allows this circus to go on, it will become the platform of choice for more of these groups and will likely invite governmental scrutiny that may hamper its ongoing activities.