Sunday, October 25, 2015
A New Secessionist Movement? In California, No Less: The State of Jefferson Moves One Step Closer to Reality
A secessionist movement has brewing in California since the 1940s. Last January, a small group of people gathered in front of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. They chanted slogans like "The time has come for fifty-one." This group is part of the State of Jefferson movement. The State of Jefferson would take a chunk of largely rural Northern California and part of Southern Oregon and create a new state.
On September 3, 2013, when the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4–1 in favor of withdrawal from California to form the proposed state named Jefferson. The proposal was joined by the Modoc County Board of Supervisors and Glenn County Board of Supervisors. On April 15, 2014, Yuba County supervisors joined the State of Jefferson movement. On July 15, 2014, the Tehama County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting the declaration of withdrawal from California; county voters had voted 56% to 44% in favor of splitting the state. On July 22, 2014 the Board of Supervisors of Sutter County unanimously adopted a resolution supporting a declaration and petition to the Legislature to withdraw from California to redress a lack of representation. On March 3, 2015, Lake County supervisors voted 3-2 to submit the question of secession to voters and on March 17, Lassen County supervisors made a similar declaration.