Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Speaking Truth to Empire w/Dan Yaseen (April 2017 Edition)




 April 2017







On “Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California, Dan Yaseen interviews Kathy Kelly, a peace and justice activist and a 3 times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. She co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U. S. military and economic warfare. They discuss deteriorating US/Russia relations, US/Saudi war and famine in Yemen.
Peace & Love,
Dan

Monday, April 24, 2017

False Flags Work!!! by Anthony Freda


Former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, told the BBC on Friday chemical weapons are now “more likely” to be used in Syria because jihadis know a “fake flag” attack will trigger the US to attack Assad.

“It’s not going to end here … because Trump has just given the jihadis a thousand reasons to stage fake flag operations,” Ford said. “Seeing how successful and how easy it is with a gullible media to provoke the West into intemperate reactions.”

While most of the pundits and the gullible mainstream media are fawning over the strikes on Syria, Ford bravely challenges the official narrative.
Disgraced teleprompter reader Brian Williams waxed poetic on MSNBC, describing the "beauty" of the missiles raining on Syria. Clinton, Kerry, Schumer and a gaggle of other Democrats have also joined the chorus of bleating war cheerleaders to praise the missile strikes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LKsn4ZutxQ
Ford continues:

“They will very likely stage an operation similar to what they did — and this was documented by the United Nations in August last year — they mounted a chlorine gas attack on civilians and they tried to make it look like it was a regime operation,” he said.
“Mark my words, you hearing it here, and it will happen,” Ford said. “And we’ll get all the warmongers coming to tell us that that Assad is defying us and we must go in more heavily into Syria, this will be fake flag.”
While you can argue whether or not the recent attack was a false flag, there’s literally no arguing the incentive for rebel terrorists to stage a chemical attack now to blame it on Assad is higher than ever.





Anthony Freda
www.AnthonyFreda.com

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

UPCOMING ON The People Speak w/Cindy Sheehan: US Empire Myth-Busting (Syria) Guest: Eva Bartlett

Broadcasting Date: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 06:00 pm (Pacific)
9:00 pm (Eastern)

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Eva Bartlett
Topic:
 Myth-Busting in Syria
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Eva Bartlett is an independent writer and rights activist with extensive experience in Syria and in the Gaza Strip, where she lived a cumulative three years (from late 2008 to early 2013). She documented the 2008/9 and 2012 Israeli war crimes and attacks on Gaza while riding in ambulances and reporting from hospitals. Since April 2014, she has visited Syria 6 times, including two months in summer 2016 and once month in Oct/Nov 2016. Her early visits included interviewing residents of the Old City of Homs, which had just been secured from militants, and visiting historic Maaloula after the Aramaic village had been liberated of militants.

In December 2015, Eva returned to old Homs to find life returning, small shops opened, some of the damaged historic churches holding worship anew, and citizens preparing to celebrate Christmas once again. On her 5th visit in June-August 2016, she went twice to Aleppo, also visiting Palmyra, Masyaf, Jableh, Tartous, and Barzeh district of Damascus, as well as returning again to Maaloula and Latakia. On her sixth visit to Syria, in October and November, she visited Aleppo twice more, as well as areas around Damascus. 

The testimonies Eva gathered in Aleppo starkly contrasted narratives corporate media had been asserting. Many of her published Syria writings, videos, photos can be found at this link:
https://ingaza.wordpress.com/syria/

America Illegally Bombs Syria Under False Pretexts. Links for critical thinking.

by Eva Bartlett

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*“…the White Helmets are handling the corpses of people without sufficient safety gear, most particularly with the masks mostly used , as well as no gloves. Although this may seem insignificant, understanding the nature of sarin gas that the opposition claim was used, only opens questions. Within seconds of exposure to sarin, the affects of the gas begins to target the muscle and nervous system. There is an almost immediate release of the bowels and the bladder, and vomiting is induced. When sarin is used in a concentrated area, it has the likelihood of killing thousands of people. Yet, such a dangerous gas, and the White Helmets are treating bodies with little concern to their exposed skin. This has to raise questions.” (from: “Jumping to conclusions; something is not adding up in Idlib chemical weapons attack“)

This morning, under the orders of President Trump, the US military fired a reported 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria, killing at least 6, according to early reports. The false pretext for this is the tired old refrain that “Assad used chemical weapons”, a ‘red line crossed claim’ made–and disproven–in 2013 in Ghouta, and in allegations prior and since. Any actual instances were the western-backed ‘rebels’. All others were fabrications of the NATO aligned media and faux human rights groups.

I’ll keep my own commentary short other than to emphasize that I do not believe for one second that the Syrian government used toxic gases on Idlib last week. My reasons are logical and many, but I will list just a few here and continue with suggested reading/listening:

–The Syrian army had no need to do so, are making advances on the ground in various areas of Syria with conventional means of fighting terrorism.  Using a chemical weapon is precisely the ‘red line’ act America and NATO/Gulf/Zionist allies would leap upon to wage their war of ‘regime change’ fully on Syria, as per Libya and Iraq before. Meanwhile, western-backed ‘rebels’ have a history of using toxic gas in Syria (even the UN’s Carla del Ponte admitted this).

-Recently, apparently relations with America, via Trump, had improved. At the time of the alleged gas attacks, relations were looking positive. (That said, today, sadly, Trump has launched an illegal attack on Syria, using at least 59 cruise missiles on a military site and causing unknown deaths. This is an unprovoked act of war. Trump/America have zero evidence that the Syrian government authorized and used toxic gas, something even the United Nations admittedeven the United Nations admitted.)

For the sake of time, because this is an urgent issue that needs clear thinking and a firm stance against American (and Zionist/NATO/Turkish/Gulf) attacks on Syria, I am posting excerpts from a number of good analyses already online. Please share.

“Ex-UK Ambassador: Assad wasn’t behind the chemical attack“, Apr 5, 2017

“Former British Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford says he believes it is “highly unlikely” that Russia or the Assad regime was behind the attack in Idlib.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pS6Oa_aDS6E

Finian Cunningham, April 6, 2017, “Chemical reaction: Trump in U-turn, bubbling with Syria regime change“:
“Last week, the Trump administration announced it was abandoning a failed US policy of regime change in Syria. This week, however, the White House suddenly back-flipped, saying Syrian leader Bashar al Assad “must go”.

The dramatic U-turn in US policy was, of course, in reaction to the reported chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday morning in which over 80 people were allegedly killed. Among the dead apparently were some 30 children.

Such a vigorous contradictory response from the Trump administration is strongly suggestive that the incident was an orchestrated political stunt; carried out for the purpose of achieving that very outcome by the Syrian militants and their foreign sponsors. It wouldn’t be the first time such a false flag device has been attempted to influence US policy in Syria.

Within minutes of the alleged attack in Khan Sheikdoun, in Syria’s northern Idlib province, Western governments and media were rushing to blame the Syrian air force for dropping chemical weapons on the town. Such claims were based entirely on images and information released by the discredited so-called rescue group, the White Helmets, who are reportedly affiliated with the Nusra terror organization. There was no attempt at verification by Western outlets, just straight-to-screen broadcast.

…The rush to condemn was reflected in the hasty UN draft resolution drawn up by the US, Britain and France. Russia’s acting deputy ambassador Vladimir Safronkov noted that the entire Western position was based on discredited sources like the terrorist-linked White Helmets.
“Taking the White Helmets at face value is not professional and not serious,” said Safronkov. He also added that the Western position was driven by an ideological expedience for “regime change” in Syria.

The last major deadly incident in Syria allegedly involving chemical weapons was in August 2013, when hundreds of civilians, including children, apparently died from exposure to the nerve agent sarin.

As with this week’s incident, Western governments and media were quick to accuse Syrian armed forces of carrying out the supposed attack in East Ghouta, a militant-held suburb of capital Damascus. Horrific images of children gasping for air were likewise given saturated coverage by Western media outlets.

The then Obama administration asserted “conclusively” that the Assad government was guilty of “heinous crimes”. Washington was on the verge of taking unilateral military action because of “red lines crossed”. It was only due to Moscow’s last-minute diplomatic intervention in September 2013 that US military involvement was averted, when a deal was struck by which the Syrian government vowed to decommission its chemical weapons arsenal under the auspices of the UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Assad government insisted back then that it did not carry out the East Ghouta attack even though it was willing to comply with the Russian-brokered decommissioning deal. It later emerged from investigative reports and Syrian testimonies that the East Ghouta chemical weapons massacre most likely was carried out by militants as a propaganda stunt aimed at forcing the Obama administration’s hand to act on its “red line” threats of military intervention in Syria against the Assad government.

This week, Damascus again categorically denied that its forces had used chemical weapons in Idlib province. The Syrian government said all such weapons had been disposed off under the 2013 disarmament.

…images and video footage released by the White Helmets “aid responders” show no sign that those suffering from chemical exposure were caught up in the aftermath of an air strike. The location indeed appears to be a depot, and the people appearing to administer aid and recording the video footage seem to be doing so with a strange air of calm deliberation.

At one point in the video footage, three semi-conscious adult males are dragged from prone positions on a floor and then propped up against a pillar. The “aid responders” then walk away, but the video footage of the “victims” continues to run. Is that the expected action of “humanitarian responders”?…”





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US Empire Myth-Busting (Vz) w/Alison Bodine (SOAPBOX PODCAST 4/23/17)

April 23, 2017




Guest: Alison Bodine

Topic: What's really happening in Vz.


 Alison

Alison Bodine is a
Peace, Anti-war and Social Justice Activist Writer & Researcher at Fire This Time

Supporting Articles:

Venezuelan Opposition Accused of Attacking Maternity Hospital, 10 Dead in Riot

 

US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela: Maduro


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Joins the California Freedom Coalition Board of Directors




Media Contact:
Shankar Singam
Steve Gonzales
Tim Vollmer
calfreeco@gmail.com

The Nation of California, April 21, 2017 - The California Freedom Coalition (CFC) is proud to announce the arrival of California's very highly regarded peace and social justice activist, Cindy Sheehan, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Cindy will take part in the creation of California Freedom Coalition’s Education Fund (a 501c3 non-profit).
 

Famous worldwide for her anti-war efforts—especially her historic 2005 encampment at President George W. Bush’s compound outside Crawford, Texas—Cindy is also deeply committed to the issues of affordable health care, same-sex marriage, renewable energy and improving children's education.

In addition to working tirelessly to improve the lives of all Californians, Cindy has published a memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism, in 2006. In the years since, the lifelong Californian has run for US Congress in 2008 and was the vice-presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party in 2012 and their candidate for California Governor in 2014.

Cindy has continued to host a podcast/radio show “Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox” for 9 years and is the host of “The People Speak” on BBSRadio.com.

Now the proud grandmother of five sixth-generation Californians, Sheehan dedicates her work to them and all of the children of the world.

We are looking forward to working with Cindy on the mutual platform for the same fundamental principles: "Peace, Economic Equality and Environmental Sustainability", in the campaign for an Independent California. Welcome to the CFC, Cindy!
 
About California Freedom Coalition
 

The California Freedom Coalition is a non profit organization formed under CA statute 23701d (IRS 501c3) to educate, assist and organize California residents through peaceful means in order to ensure we have a place to live that reflects our values. The CFC also has formed a 23701f (IRS 501c4) to be more active in lobbying and signature gathering.

We believe successful nations prioritize diplomacy before destruction, peaceful coexistence before unwanted interference. Currently with 30,000 members and followers, CFC is one of the largest groups supporting California Independence.

​We are promoting nonviolent actions to establish the Nation of California using legal and constitutional means to do so. We advocate for peaceful secession from the United States.
​Polls indicated that one out of three Californians support independence and 47% were not opposed to the idea of California becoming an independent nation.

Please visit our website (https://www.californiafreedomcoalition.com) or Facebook group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/calfree/) for more information.
CONTACT: Shankar Singam, Steve Gonzales or Tim Vollmer at calfreeco@gmail.com


Listen to Cindy's recent interview of Marcus Ruiz Evans about #CalExit

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Honoring Our Heroes & Martyrs: Lynne Stewart & Mumia Abu-Jamal May 6-7 (Cindy Sheehan speaking)

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Honoring our Heroes and Martyrs...
Celebrating the Life of People's Attorney  Lynne Stewart
Renewing the Fight to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal*
with...
so Ralph Poynter, lifelong companion of Lynne Stewart; co-founder New Abolitionist Movement; Black community activist 
so Mumia Abu-Jamal via Skype
so Judy Ritter, Professor of law; Co-counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal with NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund 
o Boots Riley of The Coup
so Cat Brooks, SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild Interim Director; founder, Anti-police Terror Project and Bay Area Black Lives Matter
Special remarks from...
 
so Steve Bingham, Former President, SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild, recipient of the NLG's Champion of Justice Award 
 s Cindy Sheehan, Activist/Author/Host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
so Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal; founder, West Coast Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
so Ralph Schoenman, Former Secretary to Bertrand Russel; Executive Director, Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal; Lynne Stewart defense organizer
s Dennis Bernstein, Host, KPFA's Flashpoints
Greetings from local social justice and prison rights activists  o Kim Serrano/Speak Out Now!;  o Judy Greenspan/Workers World Party and so Carol Seligman/Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
In San Francisco: Saturday, May 6, 7 pm, Eric Quesada Political and Cultural Center, 518 Valencia Street,  (near 16th Street BART)

In Oakland: Sunday, May 7, 7 pm, Humanist Hall, 390 27th St. (between Broadway &  Telegraph)
 
Sponsors: Lynne Stewart Organization & Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal 
Initial Co-sponsors/endorsers: Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox • Lynne Stewart Defense Committee • Socialist Action • Speak Out Now! • Workers World Party • Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)  
Donation $20 - $10 sliding scale No one turned away for lack of funds. Benefit for Lynne Stewart Organization
For information about tables at $25 each contact: jmackler@lmi.net  510-268-9429
If you can't make these meetings, to help cover Lynne's family expenses, please send your contribution payable to Lynne Stewart Organization to POB 10328, Oakland, CA 94610
*Based of the 2016 Williams v. Pennsylvania U.S. Supreme Court decision Mumia's legal team is filing in Philadelphia on April 24 a petition for a new trial. The Williams decision held that in death penalty cases a state prosecutor, who is later appointed to a state court cannot rule on a decision that she/he was previously a party to. In Mumia's case, state prosecutor Ron Castille, who later became a PA Supreme Court judge, refused to recuse himself on Mumia's appeal.
s = SF meeting only
o = Oakland meeting only
so = both meetings
 
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wagging the Elephant by Anthony Freda

Wagging the Elephant
Anthony Freda

Despite evidence that the gas attack in Syria was a false flag operation designed to demonize Assad and pave the way for another regime change like the ones we saw Bush carry out in Iraq and Obama in Libya, Assad was attacked.

There was no investigation into the attack, which clearly could not benefit Assad in any way, and it presented his enemies with a bullet-proof pretext to bomb him.

The baton has been handed to Trump to continue the policy to overthrow Russia's allies in the Middle East laid out in the aftermath of 9-11 by the Neocons. 

Disgracefully, the U.S. bombing of Syria is the one thing that Trump, the mainstream media, Neocons, and establishment Democrats like Pelosi, Schumer and Clinton can agree on.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton called for the Trump administration to bomb Syrian air fields during an interview at the Women of the World Summit in New York.

“I still believe we should have done a no-fly zone,” she said. “We should have been more willing to confront Assad.”
“Assad has an air force, and that air force is the cause of most of these civilian deaths as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days,” Clinton stated.
“And I really believe that we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them,” she said, raising her voice to applause.

Clinton said that she favored a more aggressive action against Assad, adding that not taking a tough stance on the Syrian president was one of her worst policy mistakes during her time as secretary of state under President Obama.

Her comments came in her first interview since losing the presidential election to Trump and hours before the U.S. launched cruise missiles targeting a Syrian airfield in response to the deadly gas attack.
What amazing timing. 

Well one thing is for sure, this bombing puts the conspiracy theory that Trump is working for Putin finally to rest.

Anthony Freda
 

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US Empire Myth-Busting (N. Korea) w/Brian Becker (TPS w/Cindy Sheehan April 18, 2017)

Guest Occupation: 
Host Loud & Clear on Sputnik News/Founder Party for Socialism and Liberation/National Coordinator ANSWER
Guest Biography: 

Brian Becker is the Executive Director of the ANSWER Coalition which has chapters in 25 cities in the United States. The ANSWER Coalition was founded immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington DC. ANSWER was one of the primary organizations that mobilized of millions of Americans who protested month after month in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003 – and in opposition to the continuing US occupation of Iraq

Brian Becker is the author and co-author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy. His latest book is “Imperialism in the 21st Century.” He is also the co-author of “Socialists and War,” “Genocide by Sanctions,” ‘China: Revolution and Counter-Revolution,” “Revolution Manifesto” and others. His articles appear regularly on LiberationNews.org website which is a news and analysis site of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). Becker is a founder of the PSL and a member of its Central Committee

He is currently the show host of a daily one-hour radio show/podcast called Loud & Clear for Radio Sputnik. The show is broadcast five days a week on radio stations, web sites and is also available as an iiTune podcast.

Brian Becker is an analyst and journalist on U.S.-DPRK relations. He has traveled to DPRK multiple times between 1989 and 2013. In 2014 and 2015 he was the featured speaker on U.S.-DPRK relations at luncheons hosted by the Tokyo Press Club in Tokyo, Japan.


ANSWER COALITION

Founded just three days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) initiated the massive U.S. antiwar movement opposing the U.S.invasion of Iraq in the months prior to March 19, 2003.

The ANSWER Coalition demonstration of 200,000 people on October 26, 2002, in Washington, D.C. ignited a nationwide and global antiwar movement that was nearly unprecedented in history. On January 18, 2003, 500,000 people packed the Mall in Washington, D.C. under the slogan “Stop the War Before It Starts.” The Washington Post described the January 18 demonstration as the largest antiwar protest since the end of the Vietnam War.

On February 15, 2003, many millions of people, in nearly every country in the world, joined together in the largest coordinated antiwar actions in history.

On April 12, 2003, just 3 days after the U.S. invasion force conquered Baghdad the ANSWER coalition organized a demonstration of 30,000 people in downtown Washington, D.C. under the slogan “Occupation is not Liberation.” This marked the beginning of a new stage of the U.S.antiwar movement which slowly regained its massive character as the resistance movement in Iraq made it clear that the occupation of Iraq would fail.

A distinguishing feature of the organizing principles and work of the ANSWER coalition, in contrast with the traditional U.S.peace movement was its uncompromising support in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people.

In April 2002, the ANSWER Coalition organized the largest demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people in U.S. history, of more than 100,000 people.

ANSWER, which at its core included a partnership between Arab and non-Arab activists, fought a long and successful battle against excluding the Palestinian struggle for self-determination from the anti-war and peace movement. In the years since, we have mobilized across the country to stop the repeated assaults against and massacres of the people of Gaza.

Most recently ANSWER lead a march of 50,000 people in Washington, D.C. on August 2, 2014 to protest the Israeli massacre against people in Gaza.

ANSWER has mobilized against the illegal coup and UN occupation of Haiti, against the illegal blockade of Cuba, and the illegal 'regime change' war on Libya.

We are actively fighting against the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, the renewed assaults on Iraq and Syria, the drone attacks on Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, among others.
In recent years, March Forward!, an affiliate of the ANSWER Coalition, has brought together anti-war veterans and active-duty service members to fight for their rights and oppose U.S. wars of aggression.

ANSWER has played an important role in the fight against racist and religious profiling, in support of immigrant and workers’ rights, and for economic and social justice for all. Our members are engaged in a range of struggles, from the local battles against police brutality to the international campaigns against militarism and war.

ANSWER Chapters are organizing in cities and towns throughout the United States connecting the flight for social justice at home and in opposition to war and occupation abroad.

Cindy Sheehan on Loud and Clear w/Brian Becker

 April 17, 2017


Trump's New 'Military First' Policy Puts Generals in Charge



On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Ann Wright, a retired US Army Colonel and former US State Department official, who resigned in protest of the invasion of Iraq; as well as by Cindy Sheehan, a legendary anti-war activist.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THIS INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT CONVERSATION
BETWEEN CINDY SHEEHAN, ANN WRIGHT, AND HOST BRIAN BECKER

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ray Light Sheds Light on the Evil Empire and More! (SOAPBOX PODCAST MARCH 13, 2017)

APRIL 15, 2017


GUEST: Ray Light

SUBJECT: Latest US attack on Syria
The Rise of Fascism in the US
Reichstag Warning for Today
How the DNC is falling further right

Ray Light is the General Secretary of the 
Revolutionary Organization of Labor, USA
(ROL, USA)

TEASER: 
Coming soon from Ray Light on The Soapbox:
The Great October Socialist Revolution (BOLSHEVIK) 

CLICK HERE FOR RAY O'LIGHT BLOG



REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATION OF LABOR,USA (ROL,USA) AND CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX DENOUNCE AND CONDEMN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRIMINAL MISSILE ATTACK ON THE SOVEREIGN STATE OF SYRIA

 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

#CalExit (California for Californians!) (Soapbox Podcast; April 14, 2017)








Broadcast Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 06:00 pm
Guest Name: 
Marcus Ruiz Evans
Guest Occupation: 
Author/Co-Founder of #Calexit organizing group Yes California
Guest Biography: 
Marcus Ruiz Evans has lived in California his whole life, from the Central Valley and the Inland Empire, to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Having worked in the trade of global goods and served in government, he has seen through both his travels and career how other cultures value California’s distinct qualities. Of mixed Latino, Anglo and Native American heritage, Evans has experienced the state’s diversity in his own life, even pledging an Asian fraternity while attending a University of California school.

Marcus worked as a liaison between the State of California government and the Federal government for more than 10 years, forcing him to develop a personal understanding of this federal and state relationship. During this time, he also had the opportunity to work on Goods Movement efficiency studies, looking at how the international freight system operates and especially California's role in the world economy. He has traveled to Europe, Canada, and Mexico, observing firsthand their domestic infrastructure and connection to the Global economy. In addition, he traveled to many states in America, comparing views on international trade, but with a California perspective. Evans lived throughout California, including Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Central Valley.

Marcus is the co-founder of #Calexit organizing group Yes California.

About YES CALIFORNIA...

Yes California is the nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so. We advocate for peaceful secession from the United States by use of an independence referendum to establish a mandate, followed by a nationwide campaign to advocate in support of a constitutional exit from the Union. By joining this campaign, signing up as a member, donating, volunteering, or otherwise supporting this important cause, you agree to these nonviolent principles.

While Yes California supports and encourages Californians to stand up and take direct action, to be bold, and to unapologetically demand the liberation of the people of California from its captors, we explicitly reject conduct or speech inciting open rebellion against the American government.

The 2019 #Calexit Independence Referendum

In the Spring of 2019, Californians will go to the polls in a historic vote to decide by referendum if California should exit the Union, a #Calexit vote.

You will have this historic opportunity because the Yes California Independence Campaign will qualify a citizen’s initiative for the 2018 ballot that if passed would call for a special election for Californians to vote for or against the independence of California from the United States.
This is a very important question. It is the responsibility of this campaign to explain what a yes vote will mean for you, your family, your community, our state, our country, and our world. We have designed this website to answer many of these questions and look to you to ask more.
"As the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland. Point by point, California compares and competes with countries, not just the 49 other states.”
In our view, 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.

Although charity is part of our culture, when you consider that California’s infrastructure is falling apart, our public schools are ranked among the worst in the entire country, we have the highest number of homeless persons living without shelter and other basic necessities, poverty rates remain high, income inequality continues to expand, and we must often borrow money from the future to provide services for today, now is not the time for charity.

However, this independence referendum is about more than California subsidizing other states of this country. It is about the right to self-determination and the concept of voluntary association, both of which are supported by constitutional and international law.

It is about California taking its place in the world, standing as an equal among nations. We believe in two fundamental truths: (1) California exerts a positive influence on the rest of the world, and (2) California could do more good as an independent country than it is able to do as just a U.S. state.
In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the international community with their “Brexit” vote. Our “Calexit” referendum is about California joining the international community. You have a big decision to make.
Yes California is here to help.


THE CASE FOR INDEPENDENCE IN 9 SIMPLE POINTS
Being a U.S. state is no longer serving California’s best interests. On issues ranging from peace and security to natural resources and the environment, it has become increasingly true that California would be better off as an independent country. Here’s a summary of why we think so.

1. PEACE AND SECURITY
The U.S. Government spends more on its military than the next several countries combined. Not only is California forced to subsidize this massive military budget with our taxes, but Californians are sent off to fight in wars that often do more to perpetuate terrorism than to abate it. The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association. Not being a part of that country will make California a less likely target of retaliation by its enemies.

2. ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT
California’s electoral votes haven’t affected a presidential election since 1876. On top of that, presidential election results are often known before our votes are even counted. So, why should we keep subjecting ourselves to presidents we play no role in electing, to 382 representatives and 98 senators we can’t vote for, and all the government officials and federal judges appointed by those very same people we don’t elect.

3. TRADE AND REGULATION
The U.S. Government maintains a burdensome trade system that hurts California’s economy by making trade more difficult and more expensive for California’s businesses. As long as California remains within this burdensome trade system, we will never be able to capitalize on the trade and investment opportunities that would be available to us as an independent country.

4. DEBT AND TAXES
Since 1987, California has been subsidizing the other states at a loss of tens and sometimes hundreds of billions of dollars in a single fiscal year. As a result, we are often forced to raise taxes and charge fees in California, and borrow money from the future to make up the difference. This is partly why California presently has some of the highest taxes in the country, and so much debt. Independence means that all of our taxes will be kept in California based on the priorities we set, and we will be able to do so while repaying our debts and phasing out the current state income tax.

5. IMMIGRATION
California is the most diverse state in the United States and that is something we are proud of. This diversity is a central part of our culture and an indispensable part of our economy. As a U.S. state, our immigration system was largely designed by the 49 other states thirty years ago. This immigration system has since neglected the needs of the California economy and has hurt too many California families. Independence means California will be able to decide what immigration policies make sense for our diverse and unique population, culture, and economy, and that we’ll be able to build an immigration system that is consistent with our values.

6. NATURAL RESOURCES
Certain minerals and other natural resources like coal, oil, and natural gas are being extracted from California at below market value rates by private corporations with the permission of the U.S. Government. While a small portion of the revenue is shared with us, our share has been withheld during times of sequestration. That means the U.S. Government is paying their debts with royalties collected from selling off California’s natural resources. Independence means we will gain control of the 46% of California that is currently owned by the U.S. Government and its agencies. We will therefore take control of our natural resources and be the sole beneficiary of royalties collected if and when they are extracted from our lands.

7. THE ENVIRONMENT
California is a global leader on environmental issues. However, as long as the other states continue debating whether or not climate change is real, they will continue holding up real efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The truth is this country accounts for less than five percent of the world’s population yet consumes one-third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the world’s oil, 27 percent of the aluminum, 23 percent of the coal, and 19 percent of the copper. Independence means California will be able to negotiate treaties to not only reduce the human impact on our climate but also to help build global resource sustainability.

8. HEALTH AND MEDICINE
The Affordable Care Act was enacted by the U.S. Government to lower the cost of health care and expand health insurance coverage to the uninsured, yet millions of Californians still lack access to quality health care because they can’t afford it. For many, access to hospitals and medicine is a life or death issue. Independence means we can fund the health care programs we want and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need because our taxes will no longer be subsidizing other states. Finally, California can join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care as a universal right for all of our people.

9. EDUCATION
California has some of the best universities but in various ways, our schools are among the worst in the country. Not only does this deprive our children of the education they deserve, but it also costs taxpayers billions in social services and law enforcement expenses linked to lacking opportunities resulting from poor education. Independence means we will be able to fully fund public education, rebuild and modernize public schools, and pay public school teachers the salaries they deserve. On top of that, independence means freedom from federal education policies and one-size-fits-all standards set by political appointees on the other side of the continent.

  • For the last 3 MONTHS - a solid 1/3 CA wants a Calexit 
  • For the last 6 MONTHS - a solid 2/3 CA thinks America is going down 
" One person who’s happy with the Berkeley IGS poll results is Marcus Ruiz Evans, a leader of the Yes California campaign, which is trying to convince state residents to secede from the U.S. and start a new nation. The campaign is currently collecting signatures to put a secession measure on the November 2018 ballot.
“It doesn’t surprise us,” Evans said of the data showing more optimism about California than America as a whole. “We’re not saying there’s no issues with Sacramento, but it’s more functional than the federal government. … If people have to choose, they’d rather go with California.” "

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