Business Insider – The cofounder of the California separatist group Yes California said in an interview Monday that the group welcomes “the vocal support” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who recently began tweeting about the California independence campaign known as “Calexit.”
“Ultimately the Calexit vote and its preceding debate will be up to Californians to decide but we welcome the vocal support of Julian Assange, as we would for any individual with the courage to stand up against and defy the powers that be in order to affect positive change in this world,” said Louis Marinelli, the cofounder. “That’s what our campaign is all about.”
Marinelli, a 31-year-old activist, announced in a 1,600-word statement on Monday that he would return to California after spending just over a year in Russia’s fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg, with his wife Anastasia.
Marinelli spearheaded the Calexit campaign for nearly two years before deciding to settle in Russia permanently in April. He withdrew his petition for a referendum at that point in favor of the “new happiness” he’d found in Yekaterinburg.
The organization relaunched in August, this time as “a movement” rather than a political action committee, Marinelli said Monday. It also has a new president: cofounder Marcus Ruiz Evans, who previously served as the organization’s vice president….