Statement on the Opening of a Cultural Center in Moscow

In response to the opening of a California cultural center and "people's embassy" in Moscow, Russia, the Yes California Campaign releases the following statement:

The Yes California Independence Campaign successfully opened its first of many planned California culture centers which will serve to build a bridge between the nation of California and the nations of the world. Together with our partners at the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, our first culture center was opened at the following address:

4 Klary Tsetkin
Office 324
Moscow, Russia 127299

Through this office, our campaign opens the third front in the struggle for California independence.

1) The first front is a dialogue with the people of California on why they should vote in favor of independence on March 5, 2019 on the date of the California independence plebiscite.

2) The second front is a dialogue with the people of the United States on why they should urge their elected representatives in Congress to support California's exit from the Union soon thereafter.

3) The third front is a dialogue with the nations of the world on the topic of California joining the United Nations and the international community as an independent State.

Our campaign understands that California cannot become a country unilaterally. As much as that applies to constitutional law within the United States whereby we must obtain the consent of the states, it also applies to international law within the international community whereby we must obtain international recognition of our independence. Our new "people's embassy" in Moscow will begin this new front by opening this important and critical dialogue with Russia, and future-planned embassies in other countries will continue that dialogue in other parts of the world.

In addition, our culture center will promote business and travel opportunties in California, host visiting Californians and provide a platform for them to explore or further strengthen ties between our two peoples. In the coming months, our "people's embassy" will be hosting events to achieve these very goals.

However, contrary to some reports, the California culture center and people's embassy in Moscow does not serve any diplomatic function at this time and our office makes it clear that Russians planning travel to California must first obtain a visa through the American Embassy in Moscow, or one of its Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, or Vladivlastok.

At the same time, we strongly believe that the best way to foster international peace and friendship between nations is through cultural exchange. That is why the California culture center is focused on promoting this cultural exchange between Californians and Russians in order to break down the barriers that continue to stand between us.

Additionally, some reports on the internet have included footage from a neighboring office in their stories about the California culture center. Our center only contains information and imagery that represents California, its history, its people, and its culture, and our campaign for independence. Portraits of foreign leaders, images of foreign flags, and other foreign paraphernalia are not part of the California culture center, nor did the center make any reference to California joining the Russian Federation like Crimea did. We urge all Californians who desire freedom and nationhood to join us. You can take that first step by signing up at YesCalifornia.org. 

This campaign believes what the rational people of California believe: that it is not only possible but necessary for us to have a dialogue even with countries with whom we have disagreements. Russia, like the United States of America, has progress to make when it comes to protecting the civil rights of its people. By opening a culture center in Russia, we will have a platform from which to advocate for these rights, as well as the other democratic and progressive values we so deeply cherish in California simply because our culture center will do what its name implies: highlight California's culture. What else would you expect to see at a California culture center? 

Yes California wants to make clear its ultimate objective is to make California free and an independent country through lawful means. Independent means independent: Independent of the United States, independent of the Russian Federation, and independent of every other country on this planet. That notion is embedded in the very question we intend to put before the voters: "Should California become a free, sovereign, and independent country?"

Finally, as peace-loving Californians, we want to have friendly and peaceful relations with all nations and therefore look forward to the day California opens full diplomatic missions to establish its own diplomatic relations and foster its own peaceful foreign policy towards all nations, including with the United States.