1. Why do people want to secede?
2. Is this a movement built on the anger of the election? if so, what have groups done to build off this anger and make positive steps to social change?
3. What are the groups working around this issue? What have they done?
4. So who has the guns? ...just kidding.
5. No but serious. Who has the guns?(don't tell us we don't want to know) This is a serious question though. By talking about seceding your invoking east/west pakistan, biafra/nigeria, ireland/england, spain/basque, chechnya/russia, north / south USA some of the bloodiest conflicts that have happened in our freaking history. We gave this many examples just so people could roll them over in their minds, wars of terror, wars of death, and wars of attrition. This is what succession could mean. Are you willing to face this as a possibility when more people post on indymedia about changing the Cascadian flag, than show up to the first meeting of a pro cascadia group?
6. Every single one of these succession movements was or have been built around grassroots organizing, what steps have been taken to begin to build this kind of movement?
7. Is it worth the effort? Not to sound lazy or anything but there is tons of work to be done, no matter what your politics are, what makes succession worth making it a priority?
8. If everything was to go perfectly, what is a timeline of events? Please be specific about social, economic and political events.
These are just a few of the questions we have. But if people could answer these it would be clarifying, probably, for a lot of the rest.
This is also not a personal attack on anyone. Were simply trying to probe what's going on.
Ellen and Marko
PS - last point. Although not a movement of succession (well ...kinda) we need to look at the beginning of the Russian Revolution. We need to remember what the treaty of Brest-Litovsk was on March 3rd, 1918.
This treaty effectively handed over Finland, Poland, the Baltic provinces, Ukraine and Transcaucasia to the Central Powers, together with one-third of Russia's population, one-third of its agricultural land and three-quarters of its industries.
This is the only reason that Russia didn't get steamrolled by Germany and why the small Bolshevik government actually survived. Remember, we only have parts of southeast Portland to give up, not a third of Russia to bribe capitalism/imperialism from swallowing us.
PPS - Were not against the creation of Cascadia. We like going to the dentist for free as much as anyone does, or owning a part of our respective works, or using free childcare, or most else proposed. What were asking, is that people begin to look at what their saying in a critical light.