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What we talked about this week

  • Commissioners Berschauer and Starrett passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance last Thursday. What does that mean?  It forbids any County staff or agents (including the Sheriff and District Attorney?  It's unclear: they are technically State officials, as the position is a State elected office for the district of Yamhill County) from enforcing any state gun laws passed after February of this year. Zero gun laws have passed yet this year.
  • 3 Newberg School Board candidates have coalesced into a 'Save Our Schools Newberg' slate, supported by Community Oriented Public Servants PAC (COPS PAC).  Progressive Yamhill supports a more diverse set of candidates, and encourages you to look at Tai Harden & incumbent Ines Peña.  
  • The Yamhelas Westsider Trail continues to be a topic of discussion in Board of Commissioners meetings, where Commissioners Berschauer and Starrett are wrestling with the repercussions of cancelling the Land Use Permit process for the Trail, including cancelled grants which may require the County to repay over $1,000,000.  Did you see our video pointing out the change of heart Commissioner Berschauer has experienced since her decisive February 4th vote to kill the Trail?  The big question now is whether Commissioners will entertain discussions with Chehalem Park & Recreation District, which has indicated an interest in acquiring the former rail right-of-way.  Tune in Thursday morning at 10am to see what happens next!  You might also want to donate to the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail, and you should definitely join the 3,200 others who have signed this petition

Upcoming Events

Progressive Yamhill maintains a community calendar of progressive events - sign up to 'follow' it on Google!
Know of an upcoming event we should share?  Email the details to!

Newberg School Board Campaign Kickoff for Tai Harden & Ines Peña
Saturday, April 10, 1:30pm
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PFLAG Newberg April Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 7pm

YCD April Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 22  7:00-9:00 pm
Meeting Registration - Zoom

MAC Reads: Book Discussion "Racial Healing Handbook" by Anneliese A Singh
Monday, April 26, 6pm
Event will be live streamed on the Linfield University Youtube channel:

Oregon ACLU Lobby Day(s)
Thursday, April 29, 1-5pm
Friday, April 30, 9-12pm
Registration for one or both days

Congresswoman Bonamici Telephone Town Hall
Saturday, May 15th, 11am
Tuesday, June 22nd, 6pm
Tuesday, August 3rd, 11pm
Thursday, September 9,6pm
Go to to sign up to participate.
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