The United States is about to get its own version of Canada’s truck convoy. Truckers will leave Barstow, Calif., on Wednesday and head cross-country to Washington, D.C. Other convoys are also forming in other areas of the nation, all eventually heading for the nation’s capital.
The large convoy goes by the name “The People’s Convoy” and will be nonpartisan and cross-cultural in nature. At the start of the convoy, an estimated 500 to 1,000 trucks will gather and depart eastward for Kingman, Ariz. Other exact locations have not yet been specified because of the need to maintain operational security and leave time to coordinate with local municipalities.
The non-partisan convoy will cross the southwest through Oklahoma, then Missouri and across the Midwest.
More details on the routes will be released two or three days in advance “as safety dictates, but you can expect us to travel along I-40 and work our way up toward D.C.,” said Brian Brase, one of the core truckers who are organizing the convoy. Brase already has been involved with various protests against overregulation in the trucking industry for five years.
“It might be truckers that started it,” he said. “But this is the People’s Convoy for a reason. This is for every American, no matter where you come from or your personal background. This is for everyone that believes in their personal freedoms as a human being, and as an American, their personal freedoms that are protected by the Constitution of the United States.”
After seeing the problems the Canadian convoy had with its GoFundMe page, organizers set up three different means to receive donations via credit card, PayPal or cryptocurrency. The donations are being handled through the nonprofit American Foundation for Civil Liberties & Freedom, which is being supported through private banking, as well as accountants and lawyers who will track the donations and place them accordingly.
In a press release, the organization behind the convoy stated:
The message of The People’s Convoy is simple. The last 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans to travel: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially. With the advent of the vaccine and workable therapeutic agents, along with the hard work of so many sectors that contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness, it is now time to re-open the country. The average American worker needs to be able to end-run the economic hardships of the last two years, and get back to the business of making bread – so they can pay their rents and mortgages and help jumpstart this economy. To that end, it’s time for elected officials to work with the blue collar and white-collar workers of America and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the state of emergency – as COVID is well-in-hand now, and Americans need to get back to work in a free and unrestricted manner.
Another goal of the movement is to hold officials accountable for the actions they took in the name of public health during the pandemic. Brase explained they would like to see “congressional hearings, as to several things: why the actions were taken that were taken, what science did they use to [back up] their actions.”
Other convoys forming across the nation include American Freedom Convoy and USA Freedom Convoy. One of the major routes will pass through Topeka and Kansas City.
Organizers have released the schedule details for the People’s Convoy Route (which is subject to change):
Day 1: Wednesday, February 23
Morning – Depart Adelanto Stadium, CA
Evening – Arrive in Kingman, AZ for overnight stay
Day 2: Thursday, February 24
Morning – Depart Kingman, AZ head east on I-40, toward Lupton, AZ Evening – Arrive in Lupton, AZ for overnight stay
Day 3: Friday, February 25
Morning – Depart Lupton, AZ on I-40 eastbound thru New Mexico Evening – Arrive in Glenrio, TX for overnight stay
Day 4: Saturday, February 26
Morning – Depart Glenrio, TX
Evening – Arrive in Elk City, OK area for overnight stay
Day 5: Sunday, February 27
Morning – Depart Elk City, OK area
Evening – Arrive in Vinita, OK area for overnight stay
Day 6: Monday, February 28
Morning – Depart Vinita, OK area
Evening – Arrive in Sullivan, MO area for overnight stay
Day 7: Tuesday, March 1
Morning – Depart Sullivan, MO area
Evening – Arrive in Indianapolis, IN area for overnight stay
Day 8: Wednesday, March 2
Morning – Depart Indianapolis, IN area
Evening – Pause for rest in Indianapolis, IN area for overnight stay
Day 9: Thursday, March 3
Morning – Depart Indianapolis, IN area
Evening – Arrive in Cambridge, OH area for overnight stay
Day 10: Friday, March 4
Morning – Depart Cambridge, OH area
Evening – Arrive in Hagerstown, MD area for overnight stay
Day 11: Saturday, March 5
Morning – Depart Hagerstown, MD area Evening – Arrive in the DC Beltway area
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice