The Quest for California’s Independence

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SACRAMENTO -- Monday they went to visit California's attorney general with a single sheet of typed white paper their hands. It doesn't really look like much. But Louis Marinelli is hoping it will be California's Declaration of Independence.

"It's a very significant day for us because it marks the first step," Marinelli said.

Marinelli is spearheading the "Yes California Exit" campaign. It is the campaign to secede from the United States -- the campaign to make California its own nation. And these days it's getting more attention than it did back on, say, Nov. 7.

"It's not so much about Donald Trump," Marinelli said. "Its more about the character of the American people. Because, after all, it's the American people who elected Donald Trump President of the United States. He'll be gone in four years, maybe eight years. But the American people will still here. And they'll still be electing people like Donald Trump, or even worse."

It's those same American people who "Calexit" would need to agree to secession. It takes a yes vote by 39 States, to make secession legally permissible. That, and two-thirds of both the U.S. Senate and Congress would have to agree as well.

"We've got to start healing what divides this county. That's the lesson from this election," said Congressman Ami Bera Tuesday.

Bera was handing out socks at the homeless shelter Loaves and Fishes in downtown Sacramento.
He's also pulling up his own socks as he prepares for his next term as a Democrat in Trump's Washington.

Would he rather hold office in an independent California?

"I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen. I think we're stronger together," Bera said.

But Marinelli and the rest of the Calexit people think they've got a work-around. Rather than making their case to the people of the United States and their elected representatives in Congress, they want to make their case to the United Nations. True way they see it, if California is recognized by the UN as an independent country, it will force the U.S.'s hand to let the state go.

But Marinelli says he thinks a lot of Americans wouldn't need to be forced.

"People begging California to succeed at seceding from the union, because they don't want California part of the country anymore," he said.