California secession group to hold meet-up at State Capitol in Sacramento

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An organization hoping to facilitate the secession of California from the Union is holding a meet and greet on the Capitol steps in Sacramento next Wednesday, November 9, 2016, or, the day after the presidential election.

The Yes California Independence Campaign, which is based in San Diego, is aiming to qualify a citizen’s initiative in 2018 to get a referendum for secession on the ballot in 2019. They’ll be in Sacramento to garner support for their initiative.

“In our view,” a statement on its website reads, “the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children.”

And it appears the organization has been considering its strategy for quite a while now. On its site, you’ll find a link to a 33-page “Blue Book” wherein the organization answers any hypothetical questions about the state becoming its own country. The details for the secession — dubbed the #CalExit — include such topics such as “Will we join the United Nations?” and “Will we have our own Olympic team?”.

While the notion of an independent California does seem well-intended — points about immigration, environmental concerns, and education are thoughtful — the practicality of such a proposal is tenuous at best.

Will this secession campaign be viable? In a word: No. As we know from the Civil War, just because a state wants to secede doesn’t mean the Union will let it. As Washington Post writer Philip Bump wrote earlier this year, Congress simply would not, for many reasons, allow it.

“There’s no mechanism for Congress to simply say, ‘Sure, off you go.’ Once you’re in, you’re in,” he wrote. “The United States was born an expansionist enterprise, and the idea of contraction, it seems, never really came up.”

Nevertheless, the Facebook group for the organization is surprisingly strong. With over 11,000 members who have liked the page, the movement might at least gain some steam…even if it is just a lot of useless hot air.


In the meantime, you can learn more about their platform here at their website.

Sa Francisco Gate



14 responses to “California secession group to hold meet-up at State Capitol in Sacramento”

  1. MarineJay Avatar

    You will still have US military bases there, so have fun being America’s bitch. And good lucky trying to kick them out.

  2. Another one. Others have tried in recent times, Texas of course, New Hampshire, Washington, Vermont and the UP. I loved the Conch Republic from Key West though.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “The United States was born an expansionist enterprise, and the idea of contraction, it seems, never really came up.” …. AND the reason for the 49th parallel staying where it has. People tired of ‘civil’ wars.
    Doing the ‘end run’ to grab Alaska was simply a matter of $$. (Dang, can’t let Canada have that bit.)
    In 1949, Newfoundland had a ‘choice’. Watching now, I’m sure they believe they chose wisely. 😉

    1. Alaska was more about Rubles and Pounds.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        That’s what money is … dork .. $ = money.

        Sexiest update …. inspired by the above.

        No-one sang about it being ‘good’. Can’t be. It’s innert.

        1. The Russians and England were the principle players prior to the so called Seward’s Folly. The US was a compromise and Canada was just a member the Empire.


          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Use your own symbol for money then.

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