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The California National Party Continues To Work For Californian Independence

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Margo Drgos

Sacramento, Calif. (April 19, 2017) The recent dismantling of Yes California brings with it questions as to what will happen to the movement for California’s independence. The drive toward independence did not hinge on their existence, and the move toward independence will continue.  Now that the distractions have ended, the California National Party can focus on the path ahead.

The California National Party (CNP), a political party seeking qualification, has been working tirelessly to create a stronger voice for California. As part of their larger “pragmatic progressive” platform, they advocate greater autonomy and representation for California in the short term and independence over the longer term.

CNP Chair, Theo Slater says, “The CNP is excited and energized by the new possibilities for a stronger California without some of the distractions that have stood as obstacles to an independent California up to this point. We are the fastest growing new political party in California. Every day we register more voters and continue our vibrant growth trajectory.”

The CNP’s is already active in many of California’s counties and regions. Of those, the largest representation is in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The CNP also has rapidly growing chapters across the Central Valley as well as most other regions of California. CNP members pride themselves on their civic involvement and co-sponsored both the Women’s March and the Tax March. The CNP plans to continue its growth with even more involvement in local community events across California

They are actively seeking members through volunteer opportunities, dynamic social media and voter registration drives. “We continue to leverage our growth to move forward toward Universal Healthcare, fair representation for taxation, a sensible immigration policy that serves the needs of California, and environmental protections,” Slater says.


About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at

Experts and Media Personalities to Present at California National Party Convention


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Jay Rooney
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SANTA MONICA, Calif.—The California National Party (CNP) is excited to announce its first Working Convention of 2017. Members from across California will turn out for what promises to be the CNP’s most energetic and highest-attended convention to date.

According to CNP Vice Chairperson Jed Wheeler, “In the last four months the CNP has gone from an idea to a real, living, breathing organization with thousands of supporters from all over California. I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to finally sit down in person with some the folks who’ve worked so hard to make that happen and plan our next steps.”

The keynote address is on universal healthcare, an important plank in the CNP’s platform, by leading healthcare scholar and author Rob Fuller, an experienced attorney with a record of hands-on leadership in the healthcare industry. He served as chief operating officer of a hospital for over a decade, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also the author of a new book, “ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care,” as well as an expert in reorganization work, financing, credit facility and banking operations for healthcare, and bond issuance and compliance.

A panel of policy scholars will discuss the challenges facing our young political party. Panelists include leading political and media strategist Dan Schnur, the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC — as well as public policy expert Dr. H. Eric Schockman, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Leadership Department and Director of the Center for Leadership at Woodbury University. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in Global Leadership and Change at Pepperdine University.

The convention will be held at the Santa Monica Public Library, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium (601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401), on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at


California National Party Backs Universal Health Care in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017) The repeal of the Affordable Care Act — a key element of the 45th Presidency — will have serious consequences. But the pro-independence California National Party (CNP) wants to replace it with universal health care for Californians, pointing out that it can be implemented even before independence.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the number of additional Americans who would lose coverage or be unable to get it for the first time if ACA is repealed would start at 19 million in the first year and increase incrementally before leveling off to 24 million within a couple of years. Even if a replacement initiative is put in place there could still be an increase of 15. 6 million to 25.1 million uninsured, in addition to as many as 52 million Americans who will be partially insured, uncovered for pre-existing conditions, per the Kaiser Foundation.

Universal access to health care is a foundational element of the CNP’s platform. The party believes that California should create a state-wide single payer public health plan where not-for-profit entities compete for people’s business. The government will set prices in consultation with industry and foot the bill.

In addition, California can negotiate mutual coverage with other nations that have universal health care, allowing both Californians and visitors to have access to care overseas.

“Affordable, quality health care is, in our view, a fundamental human right,” says Theo Slater, CNP Chairperson. “While so-called Obamacare, and its California entity, Covered California, are far from perfect, they were a strong step in the right direction. We believe our solution takes the next important step.”

According to Slater, this plan could be implemented immediately and does not require independence. In fact, a movement towards the establishment of California’s own health care system is already in motion. State Bill 562 would provide health insurance to every California resident — though while a California-funded government healthcare program is an important step towards independence, the program would be easier to fund if California was not forced to subsidize other states with our federal income tax or rely on Medicare.

Slater concludes, “As the Trump administration focuses on laying hurdles on the path of health care for US citizens, California will lead the way in the opposite direction, providing affordable access to all.”

About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at

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California National Party Statement on Oroville Dam Crisis


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Jay Rooney
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OROVILLE, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017)—As more than 180,000 Californians displaced by the recent Oroville dam crisis head home with only tenuous assurances of their continued safety, we at the California National Party wish to express our hope that Californians will pull together in order to ensure their future safety.

Though the immediate threat of catastrophic flooding has passed, state officials warn returning residents to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. The structural integrity of the dam’s spillway remains precarious. While seasonal rains generally begin to subside in March, authorities caution that the onslaught of snow melt from the Sierra Nevadas could also pose a renewed threat.

Management of these risks and their root causes, in particular securing proper funding to repair our state’s aging water infrastructure, should be a top priority with state law makers. According to a Butte County hazards-assessment report issued in May 2013, upwards of 8,700 people live in the inundation zone area. This area would likely be under water if the structural integrity of the dam or its spillway were ever fully breached. Hundreds of thousands more outside of the inundation zone would still be directly and significantly impacted.

More shocking still is a statement contained in a 2011 letter by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees the safety of hydroelectric dams. In the letter the FERC acknowledges warnings from California state officials that local emergency services in the Oroville dam area would be strained beyond capacity, and that, “Absent significant advance warning, emergency responders instead would likely withdraw to safer ground and prepare for victims…”

At a time when our federal government prepares to allocate billions of our tax dollars to building border walls, the California National Party hopes instead to redirect those funds toward where they should be spent: improving our infrastructure to protect the lives and property of Californians—an action that would also create jobs and boost the economy.

The California National Party salutes the unyielding efforts of the federal disaster assessment teams and state agencies such as the California Department of Water Resources in response to this crisis. We especially wish to acknowledge the excellent work of preserving order and safety by our law enforcement and emergency responders.

We hope for the continued safety of area residents and proactive mitigation of the circumstances that caused this disastrous event. We remain confident that when Californians come together there is nothing we cannot overcome.

About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at


CNP Recognized as "seeking qualification"


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Jay Rooney
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California National Party Hits Milestone
Officially Recognized by California Secretary of State as “Seeking Qualification Status”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017)—After an election cycle rife with discord, many have begun to look toward new alternatives in political representation. Among these is the California National Party (CNP), which has officially gained recognition by the Secretary of State as a political body “seeking qualification status.”

With a platform targeted specifically at issues impacting the Golden State—such as immigration reform, environmental protection, women’s rights, and economic growth—and an ultimate goal of becoming an independent nation, the California National Party aims to provide voters with a clear alternative that better reflects the state’s values.  

PDF of official letter on Secretary of State’s website

“Achieving official status as ‘seeking qualification’ is an important step for our party,” says CNP Chairperson Theo Slater. “For some time now, California’s progressive agenda has been at odds with our American friends, and our voice is not heard at the volume it should be on the national level. For example, in terms of population, we get 1/70th the representation per person in the Senate and 1/3 the representation per person in the Electoral College that Americans in Wyoming receive.”

The organization has posted a 10-point platform on their website which outlines the party’s focus on creating educational opportunities, tax code simplification, universal healthcare, and much more.

“Our platform focuses on issues like repairing our infrastructure, improving our public schools, and a quality single-payer healthcare.  These are things that the vast majority of Californians support, but neither the Democrats or Republicans have been willing to champion” says CNP Vice Chairperson Jed Wheeler. “We have the sixth largest economy on the planet, a population larger than most independent nations, and our farms feed the world. We are more than capable of making our own way.”

In order to qualify as a political party, the organization must register approximately 50,000 voters under its banner by Jan. 21, 2018. With that goal in mind, CNP volunteers are actively canvassing in their communities and networking via social media to encourage fellow Californians to join them in making a difference. The organization is optimistic that their egalitarian initiatives and regionally-focused approach will resonate with voters.

The California National Party has scheduled their third annual convention for March 11, 2017, in Santa Monica. California residents interested in changing their voter registration status to the CNP may log onto,select “Other,” and write “California National Party” in the text box.

About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve and defend her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at

If you are a California resident interested in changing your voter registration status to California National Party, you may log onto, select “Other” and write in “California National Party”.


Californian Independence survey

The latest polling data shows over 13 million Californians support independence, but there’s not much data available about what unites this group. Please fill out this short survey on your background and priorities to help us better understand what you care about, track whether we are meeting our goal of building a diverse and inclusive movement, and improve our outreach efforts.

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We build opportunities - not walls!


LOS ANGELES, January 30, 2017- California has always been a home for immigrants and throughout our history we have celebrated our great diversity. The executive order of the President of the United States to build a wall along the southern border is simply a waste of resources. This ridiculous proposal, like so many of its campaign promises, has no logic or economic sense. We also denounce their ban on Muslims as illegal, unconstitutional and do not represent our Californian values. Immigration and diversity, far from harming our society, strengthen it.

Mr. Trump’s agenda in his first 10 days has shown us how terrible his ideas are and how they are steeped in racial intolerance, religious intolerance and how Mr. Trump has a profound lack of understanding of how government works. The California National Party denounces the President of the United States and his executive decrees last week as immoral, unethical and illegal.

We call on California’s duly elected representatives, including, but not limited to, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown to continue defying federal government abuse and to protect the rights of all Californians. At the Hispanic Network of the California National Party, the party leadership and the California National Party we are all side by side with our immigrants, workers, minorities, religious groups and all Californians. We strongly oppose the construction of a wall on our southern border.


Partido Nacional de California
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¿Por qué un “Partido Nacional de California”?

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Dennis Sosa – Director de la Red Hispana (Hispanic Network) del Partido Nacional de California


Sacramento CNP Women’s March Address, January 21, 2016

Yesterday our American friends chose their President, a President California emphatically did NOT choose.  Today the California National Party attends Women’s Marches all across California, to show our solidarity and support for all Californians and in particular, with all women, as together we face difficult times ahead.

The California National Party is comprised only of hard-working volunteers, everyday Californians with dreams. We dream of more for our children, and their children. We dream of being able to channel our vast resources and wealth towards the needs of our own people, rather than sending money to Washington to line the pockets of insiders, subsidize other states, and disproportionately fund the Military Industrial Complex.

The California National Party stands for true equality between women and men. That includes pay parity and protected reproductive rights for women. The California National Party stands for better schools.  The California National Party stands for better roads and public transportation.  The California National Party stands for protecting of our air, lands, and water from the corporations that control the United States.

We need leaders who will guide California to a brighter future and a stronger future.  The California National Party will lead all Californians to that better place. We will run only candidates who want to strengthen all of California’s many and diverse communities, who want to build a future for our nation both under the rule of DC and beyond it.  And we will evolve—peacefully and democratically—past the limited vision and low horizons of our American friends.

I want to take a moment to thank our brothers and sisters in struggle in the New England Independence Campaign.  Our two lands may be different in many ways, but we are united in our peaceful intentions towards our American friends, as well as our belief that our people can best live in free and independent republics, at peace with the world, and focused solely on the best interests of their people.  We reach the hand of friendship across America to our New England friends. We thank them for their support of the California National Party, and we wish them well in their peaceful struggle.

The California National Party also thanks all Civic National groups around the world dedicated to the cause of peaceful activism and national self determination.  I will thank by name the Scottish National Party and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya for their notable examples in achieving peaceful and empowered nations where others would seek to keep them from their ultimate goals.

The California National Party seeks an inclusive California Republic rich in hopes and dreams that become reality; rich in commerce; and rich in quality of life for every community that makes up our great California Nation.  I urge all Californians to join the California National Party, and work with us to create a better future for every Californian.

New Wave of Deceptive Attacks on Grassroots California Movement

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Jay Rooney
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 20, 2017)—The progressive California National Party (CNP) has reaffirmed its commitment to fight for Californian values and autonomy from the U.S. in the face of new attacks from the leadership of Russian-linked Yes California (YC). This new round of attacks, apparently meant to deceive the public and the media by claiming YC owns the CNP, have come in the form of fake CNP social media profiles and email solicitations for donations made in the CNP’s name—in possible violation of state and federal laws.  Twitter and Facebook immediately suspended these fake accounts for fraud.

The attacks come in the midst of a backlash against YC’s President, Louis Marinelli; who is not a California resident, admittedly voted for Trump, currently resides in Russia, and recently told Bloomberg magazine that he admires Putin. Marinelli is also organizing an upcoming press conference, involving people impersonating CNP officials, to be held in Moscow.

“We consider these tactics to be not only blatantly deceptive, but probably illegal, and an affront to the hard work of our CNP volunteers,” says Theo Slater, National Chair of the CNP. “These tactics ultimately harm the cause for Californian independence. We wish to focus on building and sustaining the movement for California, not dealing with Mr. Marinelli and YC’s deliberately misleading actions.

“Particularly alarming to us are Marinelli’s self-proclaimed ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, including his recent announcement of a supposed ‘California embassy’ in that country,” says Slater. “The CNP has no ties to any foreign government whatsoever.”

According to a report by KQED, San Francisco’s NPR station, Yes California is endorsed by the Kremlin, which has rewarded the organization with favorable coverage in Kremlin-run news agency Russia Today (RT) and even hosted Marinelli at a Kremlin-backed anti-globalization conference in Moscow.

“Much of the media coverage has gone with the story line that the Californian independence movement is sponsored by Russia due to Marinelli’s antics,” says Jed Wheeler, Vice Chairperson of the CNP.  “In fact, the genuine independence movement has been under constant attack by the Russia-backed YC campaign for months.”

The movement’s growth has not been slowed by these attacks, however.  Just today, CNP volunteers participated in the Women’s Marches in Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, San Bernardino, LA, and San Diego; adding hundreds of new voter registrations and signups.

The CNP has seen massive growth in membership since the U.S. presidential election and now has chapters in 12 cities and counties across California. Supporters include many people who were originally drawn to Yes California, but were uncomfortable with an organization tied to a Russian government whose policies are so radically at odds with Californian values.

Despite these latest attacks, CNP members and volunteers are continuing to register voters, prepare candidates to run in upcoming 2018 elections, and advocate for the party’s main cause: an independent California built and run on progressive values.

About the California National Party
The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve and defend her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at

Response to the latest YesCalifornia attacks

Once again, it has become necessary for the California National Party (CNP) to state clearly, and in no uncertain terms, that we are in no way connected to, affiliated with, or a part of Yes California (YC). Any claims they make to the contrary are false.

California National Party leadership is aware of YC’s current efforts to represent themselves as the CNP on the web, in social media and via email; and of their attempts to solicit donations using our name. We strongly urge caution before responding to any such solicitation. The false media uses one extra letter to mislead people: CaliforniaN National Party. Please do not be misled!
The California National Party is currently considering our legal options and will respond appropriately to what we believe is YC’s unethical and illegal conduct.

Be aware:
The official website for the California National Party is
The official Facebook page is
The official Twitter account is
The official Instagram account is

Any other entities purporting to represent the CNP are fraudulent and should be reported.