Published in Trinity Gazette
Edition No. 10
By Liz Bowen
Jefferson News Service.com
SACRAMENTO — They did it! On August 28th, the Jefferson Declaration Committee held a rally with over 200 State of Jefferson supporters showing up on the West steps of the California Capitol waving Jefferson flags and wearing the state double-crossed logo.
The goal was to deliver Siskiyou and Modoc County’s Declarations, which included legal petitions, to withdraw from the State of California. They were hand delivered to the Secretary of State and the parliamentarians of Assembly and Senate.
Citing Article 1 Section 3 (a) of the California Constitution which states: “The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good,” Jefferson leader Mark Baird and Siskiyou County Supervisor Dist. 1 Brandon Criss delivered the Declarations signing the legal “Proof of Service” forms in the Capitol offices.
“We are taxed without representation,” said Baird, during the rally, explaining that each county should elect a state senator – providing a correct Constitutional representation. Currently, Northern California counties are afforded only two senators and the rest of the state elects 38. “We are here to gain representation for each and every county in the State of Jefferson,” he explained.
Baird said he was met with reluctance, when a receptionist for the Senate Parliamentarian said she didn’t think she could accept the Declaration. But after a discussion behind closed doors, she did accept the Declaration and provided proof of receipt.
“It’s more than symbolic. This is a step in the legal process to split California into two entities,” said Baird.
Meanwhile out on the West Capitol steps, Assemblyman Tim Donnelley, walked out to address the Jefferson Rally. He was the only elected legislative official in Sacramento willing to speak in support of the State of Jefferson and he did so with gusto.
Four additional County Board of Supervisors have signed a Declaration for withdrawal from California. It is expected that Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama Jefferson Committees will be submitting their declarations to the State Legislature and Secretary of State within the next two months.
Siskiyou Supervisor Criss said he was proud Siskiyou County Supervisors were the first to approve the Declaration to split from California, saying it showed how well the county supervisors and the public can work together on a common cause as a team. In answer to nay-sayers, Supervisor Criss explained creating the State of Jefferson, “would re-awaken the rural economy if it were unleashed from urban control. California has over 500 government agencies micromanaging the people.”
It was September 3rd of 2013, when the Siskiyou Supervisors started the ball rolling by approving the Declaration during its board meeting with a crowd of over 100 applauding. Since then, the Jefferson Declaration Committee has grown from obscurity to setting an historical precedence. The 51st State of Jefferson movement is no longer a laughing matter as some media and California legislators assumed.
Indeed the submission of the Declarations was a solemn event as they were accompanied by a legal petition expecting a response and remedy from the state secretary and legislature. This is something that has never been done before.
“We did what we said we would do one year ago,” said Baird. “We have petitioned the state, because we have no representation — and for redress of grievances. The time has come for 51.”
Recently, the Sacramento Bee sponsored an on-line poll and 73 percent voted in favor of splitting the State of California creating the 51st State of Jefferson.
“Seventy-three percent is incredible,” said Baird. “We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress – covered a great deal of ground in just one year.”
The Jefferson Declaration grassroots group is on fire, now boasting committees in 20 Northern California Counties. Check out the group’s website at: Jefferson Declaration.net for more information.
Candidates running for office are also taking notice. Soon after the Aug. 28th submission of the Declarations, Matt Heath, candidate for California State Assembly Dist. 2 gave more than a nod for the State of Jefferson.
“If a county presented me with a petition to form a new state, I would call for a hearing and listen to their concerns, as per my duty to support the people of my district. Those are the broader principles of liberty that our state and our nation were founded on,” said Heath.
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