We don’t see secession as a goal in itself.
Californians’ ability to govern ourselves, and the governance and policies that affect the lives of Californians, is our focus.
Californians are directly harmed by America’s policy choices on health care, immigration, taxation, the environment, federal land management, recreational drugs, civil forfeiture, banking, and a host of other areas. The solution is to move power over these policies from Washington to Sacramento, and we’re going to fight for that, one policy and one piece of federal land at a time.
There are several methods through which these goals could be achieved, including: California being permitted the right to greater self-governance without federal interference; California obtaining the right to participate in determining federal policy proportionate with our greater population and financial contributions; reforming America’s system of government; or California getting pushed out of the Union. Any of these options would be superior to our current position.
We’re not about California independence at all costs; we simply don’t see California becoming independent as some sort of nightmare scenario that must be avoided. History shows there are ways to do this peacefully, through negotiation, even under the U.S. Constitution. We do believe though, that if there is any possibility that it could or will happen, we have a responsibility to prepare for that eventuality, in order to give California the best possible chance for success and to avoid the chaos that ensues if blindsided.
There are a lot of independence groups out there, so here are some other ways we’re different:
- We are utterly committed to non-violence and the rule of law.
- We don’t claim to speak on behalf of all Californians.
- We don’t claim to speak for all California independence/autonomy/resistance groups. While we expect to grow our organization significantly, we would much rather be part of an ecosystem of many respectfully co-existing organizations, with legitimate ideological and tactical differences.
- We don’t believe a unilateral declaration of independence is a good strategy for California at this time. California has many other tools in our toolbox, and dealing with a country like the U.S. requires finesse. We do support Californians declaring our intent to seek more autonomy, and some of our leaders filed a proposed initiative to that effect in May 2017.
- We don’t accept money or material support from outside the U.S., period (and we prefer to raise our money from Californians).