The Dream of an Independent California Marches On

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sacramento, CA – May 17, 2017  The California National Party (CNP), the California Freedom Coalition (CFC), and other aligned groups of California citizens will march to the California Attorney General’s office on Friday, May 19, 2017 to file a new ballot initiative for greater Californian autonomy and eventual independence from the USA  (the previous initiative, which CNP never endorsed, was abandoned as a result of the recent and inevitable demise of Yes California). The march will be led by social activist Cindy Sheehan who recently joined the CFC as their spokesperson.

The idea of California’s independence from the US is not born from dissent over the outcome of the last presidential election.  Our internal polling shows more than two thirds of our members supported independence before the election and will continue to support it no matter who the Americans elect. This new initiative is a step in the right direction.  Approximately 33% of Californians favor independence already,” says CNP Chairperson Theo Slater.

The quest for an independent Republic of California began over two centuries ago. California has always sought independence; first from Spain in 1811 as a part of Mexico and then from Mexico itself in 1846. During the American war with Mexico, “Californio” lancers (a regional Spanish term for native California soldiers) were more successful in resisting the invading American forces than Mexico, despite being outmanned and outgunned. Though California was forfeited by Mexico in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, the idea of independence has endured and continues to be discussed throughout all of California.

“The notion that endorsing a separatist movement from the US is treasonous is incorrect. According to the US Constitution, treason is defined in Article 3 section 3 as declaring war on America, and “adhering, giving aid or providing comfort” to the enemies of America. This petition filing is a call for sovereignty and independence, asserting the rights granted to California by the US Constitution under the 9th and 10th amendment.”

“We are a political party comprised of, and for every Californio.  We stand in solidarity with other groups who seek and strive for a peaceful and democratic separation from the United States. The California National Party, along with our friends in the California Freedom Coalition invite any and all modern-day Californios to join in the refiling march and to be a part of history as we continue the push for greater autonomy, and eventual independence for California,” concludes Slater.

The California National Party (CNP) is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a “pragmatic progressive” platform designed to grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve her natural environment. You may read the party’s platform at https://californianational.party/platform

What’s Next for the Californian Independence Movement?

The California National Party Launches a New Survey to Organize Efforts Towards State Independence from the US Federal Government.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sacramento, CA – May 1, 2017 – Cal-Exit may be over for now, but the movement towards California’s independence continues. The California National Party (CNP); the fastest growing organization dedicated to the separation of California from the US Federal Government, issued a survey online over the weekend to gauge the sentiments of their constituents.

The survey also encourages a new discussion within the movement about the next best steps to form a new California Republic that embraces the 21st century and thereby will develop the movement into a global symbol for civil rights, international friendship, environmental responsibility, and fair economics.

Theo Slater, National Chair for CNP, states: “Our intent is to capture the pulse of the greater California independence movement and the other thousands who are sympathetic to our goals, but are hesitant to make a public stand at this time. It will provide us information on what independence supporters favor now and where they think the movement should go next. We will use the data we obtain to craft a new and democratically driven strategy that gives voice to the one out of three Californians supporting independence from the Federal Government.”

Using a series of specific questions concerning unilateral or negotiated independence, ballot initiative proposals, the role of the California State Government in the struggle for independence from the detested Federal Government, and the ability of supporters and members of the party to volunteer towards specific goals, the California National Party is openly asking sympathetic Californians what they want to see come next in the path towards independence and pushing back against the disturbing challenge of the Trump/Russia Organization currently occupying the White House. Californians at home or abroad wishing for a new California Republic are encouraged to participate. The survey can be found here: https://californianational.party/ballot-initiative-survey/

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 https://californianational.party/platform

Should CNP support a ballot initiative?

This survey is now closed – thanks to everyone who participated.  

Overall, the vast majority of respondents, both CNP members and others, wanted us to support a ballot initiative that started by working toward greater autonomy and created a roadmap to independence over the long term.  That’s exactly what the new ballot initiative does and we are proud to endorse that initiative.  We will gather signatures while working on our ongoing voter registration drive.

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Recent changes in the landscape of the independence movement have opened up the possibility for a new ballot initiative on Californian independence.

Since we know this is an issue that people feel deeply about, we put together this survey to give the larger independence movement – not just CNP members – a chance to weigh in on the approach they would support and whether / how CNP should participate.

Please consider also filling out our longer survey on values, priorities, and demographics so we can keep track of whether we are meeting our goals of diversity and inclusiveness.

Goodbye #CalExit, hello #FreeTheBear!

The California National Party Continues To Work For Californian Independence

Media Contact:
Margo Drgos
margo.drgos@californianational.party

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.

#FreeTheBear

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 https://californianational.party/platform

Experts and Media Personalities to Present at California National Party Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Jay Rooney
(510) 707-3998
jay.rooney@californianational.party

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 https://californianational.party/platform

 

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 http://californianational.party/platform

Media Contact
Jay Rooney
(510) 707-3998
jay.rooney@californianational.party

California National Party Statement on Oroville Dam Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Jay Rooney
(510) 707-3998
jay.rooney@californianational.party

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 http://californianational.party/platform

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CNP Recognized as "seeking qualification"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Jay Rooney
(510) 707-3998
jay.rooney@californianational.party 


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 http://registertovote.ca.gov/,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 http://californianational.party/platform

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

 

We build opportunities - not walls!

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.

Gracias.

Partido Nacional de California
(California National Party)
1017 L Street, #294
Sacramento CA 95814

¿Por qué un “Partido Nacional de California”?

Press release PDF

CONTACTO DE PRENSA

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

dennis.sosa@californianational.party