"GoFundMe... support[ed] Black Lives Matter...organizing spurred Violent Rioting" & GoFundMe "has just Stolen" 10 million from Freedom Trucker Convoy
The Paradise website reported that "GoFundMe has a track record of supporting Black Lives Matter, whose organizing spurred violent rioting in cities across the world." Moreover, the website revealed "the Ottawa Police nor GoFundMe provided any credible information tying ‘violent’ or ‘unlawful’ protesters to Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters. Seizing the funds would thereby constitute a fraudulent act":
Neither the Ottawa Police nor GoFundMe provided any credible information tying ‘violent’ or ‘unlawful’ protesters to Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters. Seizing the funds would thereby constitute a fraudulent act.
GoFundMe has a track record of supporting Black Lives Matter, whose organizing spurred violent rioting in cities across the world. In the U.S. alone, Black Lives Matter-fueled riots did an estimated $2 billion in damages, and led to dozens of deaths.
GoFundMe released its annual Year in Giving report at the end of 2020 that showed over 500,000 people had donated to BLM-affiliated charities, and amassed tens of millions of dollars. The official George Floyd Memorial Page shows over $14 million in contributions alone. Even current vice president Kamala Harris, as well as numerous Hollywood celebrities, supported bail fund charities that ended up being used to free rioters.
“In Brooklyn, N.Y., a bail fund received $1.8 million from 50,000 contributors — in only 24 hours — before asking donors to give elsewhere,” the New York Times reported. “In Philadelphia, the bail fund hauled in $2.4 million. And in Los Angeles, one GoFundMe page for the local chapter of Black Lives Matter zoomed past $2 million raised, and another for a previously undersized group, the People’s City Council, leapt from $1,500 raised to $2.3 million.”
Dozens of organizations crowd-sourced fundraisers to bail out BLM rioters, including on GoFundMe. There were numerous BLM protesters arrested at riots who were shown to be violent criminals.
The California Attorney General recently had to send a warning to the official Black Lives Matter organization over its non-compliance with charity reporting.
“BLM was given 60 days to file tax and charity documents for 2020 — the year it previously confirmed collecting a staggering $90 million, with at least $60 million left over after expenses and grants,” the New York Post reported.
Nonethless, GoFundMe has failed to take action against the main BLM fundraisers, except to stop alleged fraudulent activity. In 2020, it froze the activity of a Black Lives Matter Foundation group that was imitating Black Lives Matter.
The Ottawa Police have even tweeted support in the past for Black Lives Matter. [https://theparadise.ng/state-attorneys-general-are-now-looking-into-gofundme-for-seizing-10-million-from-freedom-convoy/]
The Epoch Times reported that "GoFundMe Seizes $10 Million of Trucker Protest Fundraising, Will Give to Charities Instead" because of supposed "police reports of violence and other unlawful activity”:
GoFundMe says it won’t be giving the C$10 million ($8 million USD) raised to support the truckers protesting COVID-19 mandates to the organizers anymore, saying it will instead work with the organizers to send the funds to “established charities verified by GoFundMe.”
GoFundMe added that it has “evidence from law enforcement that the previously peaceful demonstration has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.”
John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) which is providing legal representation for the organizers, told The Epoch Times that the linking of protesters to violent or unlawful activity is unfounded.
“I would like to see what evidence there is,” Carpay said. “That’s political spin.”
Carpay said the organizers have maintained that the protests are peaceful.
“It’s a constitutional freedom to protest peacefully,” Carpay said. [https://www.theepochtimes.com/gofundme-says-wont-give-10m-to-truck-protest-organizers-will-give-to-charity-instead_4257991.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_campaign=mb-2022-02-05&utm_medium=email&est=02YUdgAnrWOEac6dNwagviy1olKuIv2qJ%2FhmbqCzYbLWWG4K1c6WOANmAh6d]
The Anti-Empire website reported Rebel News Editor-in-Chief Ezra Levant in Twitter said "GoFundMe has decided to take – or some might say steal – the roughly CAD$9 million":
As Rebel News Editor-in-Chief Ezra Levant reported in a tweet, GoFundMe has decided to take – or some might say steal – the roughly CAD$9 million that was supposed to be used to pay for supplies like gas, food and other necessities for the truckers and instead dole that money out to charities of the company’s choosing, unless donors fill out a request form.
Why the company has decided on this policy, instead of instating automatic refunds for donors, isn’t clear. But as Levant joked, “what a windfall” for Black Lives Matter, Greenpeace and Planned Parenthood.”