Progressive Yamhill: Acting Together Locally
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Our little Linfield College is now a grown up Linfield University!  Now it's time for their Board of Trustees to do a little growing up, too.  From the most recent News Register story

Jubb, 71, of Vancouver, Washington, was indicted after being accused of sexually abusing four students. He is charged with one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and seven misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The felony charge and two others stem from allegations made by AnnaMarie Motis, then a 21-year-old student representative to the trustees, who said Jubb touched her under her clothing following a trustees’ board dinner and gathering on Feb. 15, 2019. She said he then invited her to “end the night” with him at the Atticus Hotel in downtown McMinnville, where he was staying.

Linfield students and alumni have organized a rally in support of the students, TONIGHT on the sidewalk along the Linfield oak grove at 5pm.

We Talked a Lot About Anti-Racism
There is a new schedule of BLM protests in Mcminnville starting this week! Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm at the corner of 2nd and Adams. Yes, there's a Facebook Event for the series.  Thanks to community members for stepping up to keep this movement visible locally!  In Newberg, there will be an event this Saturday on the same theme, at the Chehelem Cultural Center at 6pm - details in the Events listing below. 

Newberg School Board held a special session to allow public comment for their Anti-Racism Resolution that they passed.  You can read a local blogger summary of the meeting here.  Speaking of Newberg, the City Council has an official vacancy in District 4, after Councilor Johnson's resignation.  The city is accepting applications until August 5th at 5pm.  District 4 is the Northwest corner of Newberg, north of Mountainview Rd, to North Valley Road.

A petition has been created asking the McMinnville School Board to adopt a similar Anti-Racism Resolution as Newberg School Board.  You can find the petition here.  And, speaking of McMinnville High School, did you see the interview with Kacey Lee, one of the organizers of McMinnville's hugely successful Black Lives Matter protest in June?  Thanks to Local Matters with Ken Moore for spotlighting her! 

Finally, a webinar event happened called How To Talk about Race in Rural Communities hosted by Lanicia Duke from the Oregon Coast.  Please watch it here. 

Other News!  
County Commissioner, Casey Kulla, will be discussing and explaining the Yamhelas Westrider Trail on his Commissioner page for a public FB Live from 6-7:30pm. 

There is a new local podcast by local community members, Rich & Valerie Blaha, called Yamplified.  It will cover progressive voices, issues, and actions in Yamhill County.  Check it out here!

Hey, Newberg: Take This Survey
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

Justice for Survivors at Linfield University
Thursday, July 15, 5pm - 7pm
Sidewalk along Linfield campus on 99W
Can't go? You can sign the petition.

Project "I Have a Dream" Anti-Racist Rally
Saturday, July 18, 6pm
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg

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: 

Yamhelas Westsider Trail Explainer, hosted by Commissioner Kulla
Monday, July 20, 6-7:30pm
Facebook Live at:

Yamhill County Democrats Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 23, 6pm social, 7pm meeting
Register via Zoom:

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

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
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