The Cascadia Confederacy regional autonomy listserv is growing quickly, with 28 members now! There will be a Cascadia regional autonomy workshop at the Cascadia Ecology and Activism Conference at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA on Saturday April 7. We invite you to join the discussion if it is of interest to you!
Regional Autonomy Discussion Listserv
This is a list for people living in the Cascadia region of the Northwestern United States and Western Canada (broadly described as Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the Cascade mountain range west to the coast) who would like to evaluate and discuss the idea of regional secession. The philosophy supporting this idea is that due to our social, economic, political and bioregional similarities, and the massive changes which economic globalization is bringing to our region, we may be approaching a time in which it will make sense to officially secede from our relationship with the United States and Canada - a relationship which many regard as an imperialist one - in order to form a sovereign "Cascadia Confederacy."
The bedrock of this idea of Cascadia springs from the desire for full sovereignty and self determination for all people and peoples to organize themselves into communities and other social groupings as they see fit. In particular, we hope to fully support and link up in a confederated fashion with the many indigenous peoples of the region in order to gaurantee full cultural and political autonomy and sovereignty - attributes that are repressed under the current nation-state arrangement of Canada and the United States.
Further, we look forward to moving away from the nation-state and capitalism into a social organizational form that allows for autonomous direct democracies and the flourishing of indigenous culture; all based on a decentralized confederation-type model in which communities will work together for the mutual benefit of all. In other words, we are working on the beginnings of a sovereign society free from the oppressive systems and values of capitalism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, xenophobia, and all other authoritarian forms of organizing our world.