- What is Yes California?
- Who created Yes California?
- Where does the name Yes California come from?
- How can Yes California achieve its goal?
- How much support does Yes California have?
- Does Yes California receive any support from the Russian government?
- Is Yes California's president living in Russia? Why?
Yes California is a ballot measure campaign committee focused on one goal: qualifying a ballot measure that would give the people of California the chance to vote to remain a part of the Union, or to separate from it to become its own independent country.
Yes California was created by Louis J. Marinelli and Marcus Ruiz Evans.
The founders of Yes California were inspired to bring an independence campaign to California after the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign under the banner of Yes Scotland. Yes California continues to support Scottish independence.
Yes California is using the citizen's ballot measure process to put an initiative before the voters in 2018 which would establish an independence plebiscite on March 5, 2019. In order for that to happen, our campaign must collect 585,407 valid signatures from registered voters in California by July 25, 2017.
Yes California is a young, grassroots organization. That being said, we currently have approximately 8,000 registered volunteers, and 19,000 have signed the online version of our #Calexit petition. Our Facebook page has over 31,000 likes and about 20,000 follow us on Twitter. A recent Reuters poll says that one in three Californians support a peaceful #Calexit.
Absolutely not. Our campaign has never met with or received material or financial support of any kind from any Russian government official. In September, 2016 the president of Yes California was invited to attend and speak at a conference on the right to self-determination in Moscow which was held at the Ritz Carlton. The hosts of this conference paid for travel expenses to Russia for the guests they invited to this conference. The host of this conference did receive a small grant from the Russian government to help offset the costs of airfare but Yes California's president purchased his own ticket to Russia independently.
Louis J. Marinelli is the founder and president of Yes California. He is a natural-born U.S. Citizen. He is currently living in Yekaterinburg, Russia working on contract as an English language teacher in a private language center. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has been his line of work for the past decade. As part of this work, Louis has met people from all over the world and has traveled back and forth between the United States and Russia, teaching at various language schools.
In his own words: "Teaching English as a Second Language has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to learn about and be exposed to their cultures. In that way, teaching has been just as much of a learning experience for me as it has been for my students. Meanwhile, living and working in a foreign country has given me the opportunity to see my country from outside the box that is the United States of America. All of this has been life-changing and eye-opening for me. I see the world in a completely different way today than I did ten years ago... and that's a good thing because I was pretty closed-minded ten years ago. I am glad to have had the chance to develop and grow as a person as a result of my work and international travel, and I value these unique and memorable life experiences."