Assemblywoman Jamie Allard and a group of Alaskans are organizing a truck Freedom Convoy for noon on Sunday, Feb. 6. It will line up on C Street near Cabela’s and in the Cabela’s parking lot in Anchorage, and end at the Eagle River Lion’s Club.
The convoy starts at 3 pm, but participants are advised to arrive at least an hour early, to dress warmly, and to check Allard’s Facebook page during the week for updates. Allard said more details will be released this week, and she is looking for a few committed volunteers to handle logistics at both the front and end of the convoy. She can be reached at [email protected].
The Feb. 6 convoy is a combination of two separate convoy efforts that were under way at the same time, one started Shaun Roberts, a military veteran in Anchorage, the other by Allard, also a veteran and sitting Anchorage assemblywoman representing Chugiak-Eagle River.
Allard said that it’s apparent the Canadian truckers spent a lot of their own money to get to Ottawa, some of them traveling thousands of miles, and that the cost of fuel is high. The event she and others are planning includes a fund-raising component to help truckers in Canada with their expenses, but is also a way for Alaskans to show their support for working men and women who have been laboring throughout the Covid pandemic, and who are now being forced to take vaccines as a condition of employment.
“Alaska depends on free trade, this is effecting our supply chain. The truckers need to be able to access our state. They’re just trying to do their jobs,” Allard said. “They just want to be able to provide for their families and their countrymen.”
Both the Trudeau government and the Biden Administration have enacted strict border controls, prohibiting foreign drivers from crossing the borders without proof of a current Covid vaccine.
Juneau truckers and freedom supporters staged a convoy on Saturday, stretching over 2.5 miles as it crisscrossed the capital city.
Some liberals in Juneau were annoyed and shared their displeasure with the Freedom Rally on Twitter: