FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: California Approves Autonomy Initiative for Signature Gathering
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017
Steve Gonzales California Freedom Coalition steve@CalFreeCo.org
California Approves Autonomy Initiative for
San Jose, CA: The
Attorney General of California has released the circulating title and
summary for Initiative 17-0005, California’s Future: A Path to
Independence. The state’s assigned title and summary is as follows:
CALIFORNIA AUTONOMY FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
provision in California Constitution stating California is an
inseparable part of the United States. Directs Governor, in consultation
with those members of Congress who represent California, to negotiate
continually greater autonomy from federal government, up to and
including agreement establishing California as a fully independent
country, provided voters agree to revise the California Constitution.
Creates new state commission to research and make recommendations on
ways of increasing California’s autonomy and independence.
The proponents now have 180 days to collect 585,407 valid signatures to qualify the initiative for the Nov 2018 ballot.
of the initiative argue that California’s relationship with the United
States is almost a textbook case of taxation without representation.
“The U.S. government siphons off billions of dollars a year from
California’s economy with very little positive impact for its citizens.
Our infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are failing, and our tax
dollars are instead being used to bomb people in other countries. It is
time that Californians take back control of our own tax dollars and
invest in our entire state,” said Steve Gonzales, President of the
California Freedom Coalition (CFC).
voters are more underrepresented now than voters in any state at any
point in American history. The Electoral College, two Senators per
state, and a strongly gerrymandered House of Representatives has had the
cumulative effect of reducing the value of a Californian vote to a mere
fraction of that cast by individuals in other states. “In very real
terms we are second-class voters in the United States,” said Tim
Vollmer, Chief Strategist of the CFC. “This was made vividly clear in
the 2016 election when three million of our votes were deemed irrelevant
and secondary compared with tens of thousands of votes cast in other
addition to calling for ever greater autonomy from the current U.S.
federal system, the initiative calls for reforms within California’s own
system of government. “This initiative will spur California to get its
own act together and organize itself in a way that befits a modern
democracy,” said Dave Marin, Director of Research and Policy. “Our
elected officials in Sacramento and on the local level are the only real
political representation that we Californians have. It is time for them
to take this role far more seriously and to bring California into the
is time that everyone recognizes that it’s not acceptable to discount
Californians' votes. California is more than a state of the U.S.; it's a
nation, and it should act like one. This initiative will direct the
State to make further progress on this front,” said Neil Longhurst,
Chief Financial Officer of the CFC.
proponents of the initiative are adamant that it is not designed to
politically antagonize or abandon other regions of the U.S. Rather, it
is aimed to start a necessary reordering of a political process that no
longer works. “Some people argue that the Electoral College is necessary
to protect the political participation of small and rural states.
However, the answer to that problem cannot be the near total
disenfranchisement of voters in the larger states,” says Vollmer. “We
need a national consensus to fix this growing crisis of political
underrepresentation and we feel this initiative is an important and
necessary step in that direction.”
About The California Freedom Coalition:The
CFC is a not for profit, non-partisan organization that was formed to
educate and advocate for the voting rights of California. We are a
grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that California and its
nearly 40 million citizens and residents have a truly proportionate
voice and vote in electing a national government that reflects their
values, intentions and expectations. Please visit our website at calfreeco.org.