Canadian truckers and the “Freedom Convoy” have inspired their neighbors down south. A convoy of trucks will be making its way to Washington, D.C. next month. The Great American Patriot Project is organizing the convoy and asking volunteers to contribute or join.
There are multiple routes which will culminate in D.C., on March 6 where they will all be met by a congressional welcome committee to discuss policy changes. Routes start in Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio as well as Fresno, California.
Organizers made clear from the beginning in an email blast that the truckers represent “peaceful, non-violent Americans who are dissatisfied with the unscientific, unconstitutional government overreach in regards to mandates.”
The group protesting vaccine mandates in Canada have created an environment where participants share food, play games, music and have a peaceful existence. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act to respond to the convoy.
The Emergencies Act is “a rare move that gives the country’s government temporary power to deal with the border blockades, including using tough legal and financial measures against participating truckers” reports Fox News.
Truckers and participants in the convoy raised over $9 million in funds by supporters from GoFundMe which then froze the website and declared it would give the money to charities of its choosing,
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also threatened to go after the Americans and their personal bank accounts of those who supported the convoy. Trudeau and GoFundMe falsely claimed the convoy’s protests were dangerous and violent.
Hundreds of social media posts have been made by individuals within the convoy showing the comradery of the freedom loving participants, proving the accusations against them are false. Many of the videos have included words directly to Trudeau asking that he come meet with the convoy and address them directly.
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Watchdog: Pentagon likely rushed denials of COVID-19 vaccine Religious Exemption requests
The Army only approved just 24 religious COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests out of a total 8,514 requests submitted by active duty soldiers, and 1,602 requests have been rejected while the rest remain pending.
Military.com obtained information showing the Pentagon rushed vaccine exemption denials:
Sean O’Donnell, the Pentagon’s inspector general, wrote in a June 2 memo to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin obtained by Military.com calling attention to a “concerning” trend in which military brass rushed to reject vaccine-exemption petitions rather than giving each request due consideration.
“We found a trend of generalized assessments rather than the individualized assessment that is required by Federal law and DoD and Military Service policies,” he said. “Some of the appellate decisions included documentation that demonstrated a greater consideration of facts and circumstances involved in a request.”
In March, a Texas judge blocked the Navy from dismissing sailors with pending exemption requests and in August, a Florida federal judge ordered class action relief and granted an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the vaccine mandate for the Marine Corps.
National Review writes, “For the last year, military has been struggling with a recruitment problem. As of July, with only three months left in the fiscal year, the Army had met only 40 percent of its recruitment goal and reduced its active-duty force by 12,000 troops.”
O’Donnell calculated that officials likely gave each appeal a cursory glance rather than a thorough examination, possibly opening the door to litigation from service members who had to resign after they failed to obtain exemptions. Across all the branches, there were about 50 denials per day in a 90-day period, he determined. Over a thousand Coast Guardsmen have already tried to launch a class-action lawsuit in response to their being refused religious exemptions, the publication noted.
“The volume and rate at which decisions were made to deny requests is concerning,” the memo read. “Assuming a 10-hour work day with no breaks or attention to other matters, the average review period was about 12 minutes for each package. Such a review period seems insufficient to process each request in an individualized manner and still perform the duties required of their position.”
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