Progressive Yamhill: Acting Together Locally
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This past week, Progressive Yamhill held our first social zoom meetup.  There were a lot of topics discussed, you can see the discussion list here.  The next one will be held on July 29th, we'll be meeting on Zoom biweekly for a while.  It's good to see your faces again.  

We've Continued to Focus on Anti-Racism
Ron Noble is asking to hear from his constituents regarding police reform as he sits on the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform.  Here is the link to the work session with the Joint Committee.   If you live in McMinnville, Lafayette, Carlton or Yamhill, you are his constituent; email him at  

McMinnville City Council had a work session in which they discussed a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion measure working plan.  The plan is on it’s first draft and the council are hoping to have community input.  You can watch the work session here.  

We've previously shared an abbreviated News Register version of an interview with the Mac High students who helped organize the large Black Lives Matter protest in downtown McMinnville in early June. The author reached out to us and shared her much longer blog version of the interview.  Please read it here - it's inspiring, and we even got a little bit of a nod from the students!  

Newberg City Council Needs Progressive Candidates!
Newberg City Councilor Gene Piros, District 5, announced he would be resigning from the Newberg City Council at the July 20 council meeting.  Sadly, he is stepping down due to a diagnosis of lymphoma cancer.  We send him well wishes.   The Newberg City Council will discuss the District 5 vacancy at their August 3rd meeting.  The Newberg City Council is now accepting applications for the already vacant District 4 seat until August 5th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. with interviews scheduled for August 17th during the Work Session. Applications are available online or by contacting City Recorder Sue Ryan at

Other News Around The County
Commissioner Casey Kulla hosted a Yamhelas Westsider Trail information session on facebook live.  It has some great information, and you can watch the video here.   For those interested, learn more about the Yamhelas Westsider Trail , and how to help make it happen, here.

Linfield students & community held a protest last week to demand the resignation of Board of Trustees Chair David Baca over his handling of the sexual assault case with one of the ex board member, David Jubb. Over 120 people joined!  You can read about the case hereYou can also see the pictures of the protest here on facebook.   

The News Register reported that the RiverBend Landfill has violated the federal Clean Air Act for several years.  Read the article here.  The Yamhill County Commissioners are scheduled to re-open a hearing on the proposed landfill expansion on Aug. 6.  Opponents of the landfill plan to gather outside the County Courthouse that morning.

In local COVID-19 news, it's been highlighted that Latinos make up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases in Yamhill County

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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!

Biweekly Black Lives Matter Protest: McMinnville
Wednesdays & Fridays, 7:30pm
2nd & Adams, McMinnville
Bring signs, masks, and water!  Donate via Cash app to @MacBLMprotesters to support the organizers.  Join this Facebook Group to connect with other local protesters

Biweekly Black Lives Matter Protest: Newberg
Fridays, 5pm at Newberg Flag Pole
Sundays, 10am at Newberg City Hall

Yamhill County Democrats: Local Candidate Training Series
Session Two: The Basics
Saturday, July 25, 7pm

Session Three: Messaging
Saturday, August 8, 7pm

Session Four: Fundraising
Saturday, August 22, 7pm

Register for series via Zoom: 

Emerge Virtual Candidate Training Bootcamp
Saturday August 8 - Sunday August 9, 9-1
Available for female-identified, Democratic candidates only

Mac Market BIPOC Block Party
Saturday, August 15, 12-8pm
1140 NE Alpine Ave, McMinnville

Yamhill County Democrats Monthly Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 6pm social, 7pm meeting

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 #4, and 5 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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