California independence campaign gaining momentum in US

January 28, 2017 9:50 pm

The State flag flies outside City Hall, in Los Angeles, on January 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

A campaign in California pushing for the state’s secession from over the election of Donald Trump as president is gaining momentum after supporters were allowed to start collecting signatures for the independence measure to be put to a vote.
California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave permission on Thursday for proponents of “Calexit” to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed to initiate a referendum for exiting the country.
Some 585,407 signatures are required by July 25 for the measure to qualify for an initial ballot in November 2018. Voters would then need to decide in another referendum in 2019 whether California should become a separate country.                                                
A “Yes” vote would repeal clauses in the California Constitution “stating California is an inseparable part of the and that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land,” a statement by Padilla’s office said.
California is the most populous state in the with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy.
The Yes California Independence Campaign, which promotes the secession of California from the United States, was formed in August 2015.
Trump’s election gave a huge boost to the campaign, which is also called Calexit by pundits comparing the effort to Brexit – Britain’s referendum to exit the European Union.
One in every three California residents supports the state’s peaceful withdrawal from the union, with many of them strongly opposed to Trump’s presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released last week.

People attend a rally and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2017, to protest against Islamophobia and US President Donald Trump. (Photo by AFP)

At an anti-Trump demonstration in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Friday, protesters waved signs saying “California out of the United States” and “US out of California.”
“There’s such hostility towards Trump that many citizens believe it would be smarter to leave than fight,” said Democratic political consultant Steve Maviglio.
The idea of secession carries on in some corners of the country, most notably in the state of Texas.
However, secession is deemed highly unrealistic, facing political, legal and possibly even military obstacles. The United States fought the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 after eleven Southern states attempted to secede from the union.

Californians are looking to make a hasty exit from the United States now that Donald Trump is president.
Momentum is reportedly building towards “CalExit” as the state prepares for a Trump presidency, the vast majority of which voted Hilary Clinton for President.
Support for the Democrat candidate was so strong Clinton’s final tally at 8,753,788 was almost double that of Trump’s at 4,483,810.
Now, as Donald Trump officially takes office and begins quickly pushing through a number of controversial policies, including building a wall along the Mexican border and ridding the country of overstayers – others are just as quickly looking to cut ties with the United States.
US media have been reporting the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has given a nod to the Yes California Independence Campaign to begin collecting signatures needed to put the issue of secession on the ballot.
There needs to be 585,407 signatures collected within the next 180 days for it to make the November 2018 ballot, where voters will get to choose if they want to have the opportunity to make the state a nation in its own right.
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