December 28, 2015
For Immediate Release
On Wednesday, January 6th, hundreds will be arriving by bus and car loads, at the West steps of the State Capitol, where Mark Baird and other county representatives will be filing declarations with the Secretary of State, Senate and Assembly Pro-Tems, seeking more representation and/or to separate from the State of California, under Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
In the last two years, the State of Jefferson movement has grown and continues to gain momentum from thousands of citizens, representing Northern California rural counties, who feel they do not have a voice in State government, where actions and decisions are based on the legislators and voters in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas. Such as in the case of the fire fee (tax) imposed on those in many of the rural counties, authored by a Southern California lawmaker, whose constituents are not required to pay.
Rural citizens want to return to the days prior to 1964, when each county was represented by one State Senator. Now, eleven Northern rural counties are represented by one Senator and Los Angeles County (1), is represented by 11 Senators. If the State legislature does not support more representation, then the counties will seek to separate from the State. These counties support the 51st State, feeling it will offer smaller government, less taxes and regulation, giving county governments more control that benefits and meets the needs of their citizens.
The "Declaration Day" Rally will kick off at 10 am, at the West steps. There will be music, including a live performance of our national anthem. Key spokesperson for Jefferson; Mark Baird will be speaking, along with other guest speakers. The event will continue with other activities, into the early afternoon.
This is a historic day for the thousands and thousands of citizens, who represent all ages, that have joined the Jefferson movement in 24 counties. Six counties have already filed with the state and another 15 and possibly a couple of more are expected to file declarations on January 6th.
The Jefferson movement has caught the attention of other states and countries throughout the world, who with the media, are expected to be closely watching this "Day of Declaration" and "Celebration" for the people of these Northern counties.