MARCUS RUIZ EVANS NAMED NEW PRESIDENT
EMBATTLED CALIFORNIA “EMBASSY” IN MOSCOW CLOSES
LOUIS MARINELLI TO SERVE AS ADVISER
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, July 4, 2017– The Yes California Independence Campaign relaunched this morning with the announcement of a new president. Marcus Ruiz Evans, a co-founder of Yes California who previously served as the organization’s vice president, has taken the helm of the organization and has vowed to continue the effort of advocating for California independence.
“A third of Californians support independence. Virtually every day we have a new example of the growing divide in this country between Americans and Californians, between their government in Washington and our government in Sacramento, and between the policies they voted for in November, and our civil rights and liberties. The growing number of Californians who support independence deserve to be heard and Yes California will once again be a voice for them,” Evans said in a statement.
Among the first actions Evans took in his new role was to close the doors of the organization’s embattled representational embassy and culture center opened last year in Moscow.
“Although well intentioned, it was a distraction, a point of contention, and a source of division among supporters of California independence. It needed to close and now it is closed,” Evans said of the embassy.
Evans also invited the organization’s former president, Louis Marinelli, to serve as a permanent member on the organization’s new board. Marinelli, who founded the movement together with Evans in 2015, accepted the invitation to serve as an advisor, but will not be an officer of the organization.
Meanwhile, Evans vowed as president of Yes California to work cooperatively with “any organization in California that supports California’s independence,” hinting that under his leadership, the various pro-independence organizations in California will be more united than before.
“The cause of independence is already an uphill battle as it is. None of us can afford to be cutting each other off at the knees. We will put our differences aside – be they personal or political – and work together to achieve our common goal, to realize our common dream of an independent Republic of California”
However, the organization stopped short of endorsing a ballot initiative currently pending at the California Attorney General’s Office that, if passed by voters in 2018, would have the governor of California negotiate with the U.S. government to attempt to increase California’s autonomy within the United States, but does not call for a vote on independence to be put directly before the voters.
“The purpose of our campaign at its heart is to give the people of California for the first time in history, a chance to vote yes or no on the question of independence. We believe in a yes-or-no, nationhood-or-statehood referendum. It’s why the name of our organization is Yes California. We’re campaigning for the Yes vote,” Evans explained.
Marcus Ruiz Evans