Progressive Yamhill: Acting Together Locally
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We've had a busy week around here!      
  • Oregon legislators finish a quick short session in 3 days.  They passed 6 important policing reform bills, coronavirus relief bills and a hodgepodge of other subjects.  You can read all the bills that passed here.  You can see PY’s thread about the bills here which will include how your representatives and senators voted on some of the bills.
  • Saturday was the first ever Annual Pride Celebration in Yamhill County.  You can watch the live stream parade here and the fundraiser event here.  

  • Lynnette Shaw launched her House District 24 campaign with a great virtual zoom party.  You can watch it here.  

  • There have been issues of blatant racism and racist pushback about Black Lives Matter signs & LGBTQ+ flags in peoples yards throughout Yamhill County.  This has only motivated community members to raise money to purchase more BLM signs and intersectional equality signs from a local, Black owned etsy shop. If you need a sign for your yard, email us at!

  • The Black Lives Matter protest signs from the Newberg protest will be heading to the Smithsonian as a permanent display!

  • The Linfield Board of Trustees voted to keep David Baca as the chair of the board. Baca has mishandled the various accusations of sexual assault by former board member, David Jubb, by failing to immediately take action against Jubb who already had a history of sexual abuse.  There is a petition that is asking for the removal of David Baca from the Board of Trustees.  You can find that here

  • McMinnville City Council passed the city budget for 2020-2021.  City councilman, Zach Geary casted the “lone” vote, stating that he was frustrated that this year’s budget discussion did not address the community's concern about police reform and social justice.  You can read the News Register article covering it here. 

    Time for a little good news!  Yamhill County Democrats got some love from the local paper this week, highlighting the election of the youngest Chair and Vice-Chair in Oregon, and their efforts to bring Latinx representation to the party.  Read about Omar and Gustavo here

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!


How to be an Anti-Racist, Session #3 -- Zoom Meeting!

Thursday, July 2, 6pm

Register here:


Yamhill County Democrats ‘Precinct Committee Person’ Welcome & Training

Wednesday, July 1, 7pm

Register via Zoom:

Yamhill County Democrats Candidate Training: Introductory Panel
Join us to hear from local elected officials about what it's like to be a city councilor or school board member
Saturday, July 11, 7pm-8pm
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Yamhill County Democrats Central Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 23rd, 6pm social, 7pm meeting

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Volunteer Opportunities
Does the idea of elected office seem too daunting?  Maybe a volunteer position on a board is more your speed. Check out the full updated list here, and apply to something!  Your voice is needed. 

Yamhill County Committees:
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council - 2 positions open; one City Mayor or Councilor and one WOU Criminal Justice Program representative
  • Local Investment Advisory Committee - 2 citizen positions open
  • Cove Orchard Sewer Service District - 2 citizen positions open
  • Parks & Rec. Advisory Board – one position open
  • Senior Advisory or Disability Services Advisory Council - 2 positions open
  • Planning Committee - 1 position possibly opening due to resignation
  • Budget Committee - 5 positions open
  • Parks & Streets Committee - one position open
  • Water & Sewer - one position open
  • Planning Committee - one position open
  • OR-47 Ad-hoc Advisory Committee multiple positions open
Dundee: Planning Commission - one position
Lafayette: Budget Committee - one position
  • City Council Position #3 Seeking Applications
  • Planning Commission - 1 position open
  • Citizen’s Rate Review - 1 position open
Planning Commission - 1 position open
Progressive Yamhill is a non-partisan group with a regional focus on Yamhill County politics at the city, county, and state level, as well as a vehicle to connect with neighbors on issues and actions at a federal level.  Our goal is to connect, educate, inform, and actively participate in the creation of a local community that shares and supports our mission.  You can learn more about our origin, and our group, at our website.

Our growing Facebook Group is 'Private', meaning that unless you are in the group, you cannot search for it, see anything anyone posts in it, or even find out who else is a member.  We take our members privacy seriously and have a team of moderators who vet every new member before adding them.  In order to enable new members to find us, and to communicate key events to the public, we also have a public Facebook Page.  If you would like to join, and the first link didn't work for you, use the second link and follow the instructions to let us know!
We Are engaged residents and friends of Yamhill Valley who believe in developing a community that both respects and creates equity, inclusion, safety and freedom from fear & hate for all. Our purpose is to educate & inform, and to actively participate in the creation of a local climate in support of these beliefs.
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