YesCalifornia president Marcus Ruiz Evans will formally establish a congress at the organization’s weekly meeting today. This Calexit Congress will comprise of Californians who support independence from the United States and will meet regularly to discuss and vote on the agenda, set the strategy, and determine the future of the Calexit movement. The quasi-legislative body will also be delegated the power to determine how the organization’s donations are spent.
The move comes as YesCalifornia moves to reorganize as a registered 527 tax-exempt organization, commonly known as a political action committee, and to further establish other 501c non-profit affiliate organizations.
“This will give the people of California various avenues to pursue the policies that are in their interest. We plan to educate the public on issues of California history, how California became a state, and how that status has affected and continues to affect the lives of the people of this state. We plan to run advocacy campaigns, lobby for the passage or defeat of legislation that is related to our mission to reassert the sovereignty of this state. Generally speaking, we plan to engage in various forms of political and educational activity. The IRS has categories under which we plan to organize for each and all of these objectives,” said Marcus Ruiz Evans, the organization’s president.
The president of YesCalifornia, the umbrella organization representing and speaking for groups across the state that support California independence, a “Calexit”, said he has heard some of the concerns of its supporters across the state regarding organizational issues and transparency. Mr. Evans also boasted how new members continue to pour in.
“We went from establishing a Board of Directors to a Board of Trustees because so many people wanted to be involved and we recognized we couldn’t have a Board with fifty Directors. So we toyed with the idea of establishing a Board of Trustees to whom decisions regarding donations and funds would be entrusted, and yet again we ran into the same problem. Each week we see more and more interest and that’s when we came up with the idea of establishing a Congress. The Americans had the Continental Congress. We now have the Calexit Congress.”
The growth, Mr. Evans points out, is even after Joe Biden was elected president of the United States.
“Californians are relieved that Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States, but so are the people of Germany, so are the people of France, so are many people around the world,” says Louis J. Marinelli, a co-founder of the California independence movement who came up with the plan for the Calexit Congress. “Californians share this sense of relief with those around the world who reject the ideology and policies of the Trump Administration. But that doesn’t mean Californians see Joe Biden as some kind of savior who will fix the institutional and systematic problems that are the foundation of the Calexit movement, which I might remind you we started back in 2014 when Barack Obama was president.”
For the time being, the membership of the Calexit Congress is open, meaning anyone can join and become a delegate. However, the Congress is expected to begin convening regularly to establish its own rules and procedures for how it shall function. It will also establish committees to allow its members to delve into issues of personal interest and importance. Overall, the Calexit Congress will issue resolutions approved by the whole body that set the course for the California independence movement and decide how donations are spent, as well as which candidates are endorsed or fielded.
The YesCalifornia bylaws will include provisions that delegate these powers and responsibilities to the Calexit Congress, decisions of which will be executed by YesCalifornia’s executive board, of which Marcus Ruiz Evans remains president. Evans and Marinelli hope the two entities function and work together like the legislative and executive branches of government, and that its resolutions and decisions are published, as were the papers of the Continental Congress.