Independence for California?
What the Hell. Washington is so screwed up
let's take that final step.
(Los Angeles Daily News) - Backers of initiatives to require the display of the California flag above the U.S. flag, change the governor’s title to president of California and ban out-of-state contributions to California election campaigns have received permission to begin gathering signatures, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today.
The California National Flag Act would require the display of the California state flag above the U.S. flag on poles and in position of “first honor” when both are displayed at schools, universities, colleges, courtrooms, government buildings and state parks and events held in coliseums, stadiums, bowls, other open air sites and race tracks.
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The President of California Act would amend the California Constitution to replace the word governor with president.
“These initiatives are about Californians standing up and demanding the recognition we deserve as a nation within a nation like Quebec in Canada or Catalonia in Spain,” Louis J. Marinelli, the proponent of all three initiatives, told City News Service.
“With a population of over 38 million and the seventh largest economy in the world, California is more of a nation than a state and we believe it’s time for us to start acting like it.”
Marinelli is also the proponent for the initiative to create an advisory group to explore establishing California’s autonomy from the United States.
Another reason Marinelli offered to sign the California National Flag Act is that “we don’t believe the U.S. flag is the greatest symbol of our freedom.
“Around the world, the American flag represents many different things to different people,” Marinelli said. “To some it represents freedom, to others it represents colonialism and imperialism.
“If we really want to talk about a flag that represents freedom for Californians, it is the bear flag. California passed women’s suffrage before the United States did so nationally. Segregation was ended in California almost a decade before Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
“A woman’s right to choose was established in California before the United States. California repealed its ban on interracial marriage and sodomy before the United States did so. California is a marriage equality state yet the United States still has not established a federal right to same-sex marriage.
“When it comes to the advancement of civil rights and protection of freedoms, California has been much more progressive and has secured more rights for us and at a faster pace than the United States has.”Read More . . . .