“The decisions by Brian Shannon and Dave Brown are negatively impacting all of our students in several ways. Their decisions are robbing many of our students of a safe space to discover who they are and their relation to the world. And their decisions are depriving them of the joy that comes with innovative, risk-taking learning.
Their decisions are also hurting our students because they are hurting our teachers. When teachers feel like they have to walk on eggshells for fear of being fired or if they worry that their school district will go bankrupt due to the many lawsuits that are being filed due to Shannon and Brown’s illegal acts, those same teachers will look for work elsewhere.
And who will our students be left with?
What kind of future are we giving them?
Our kids need to know that we are standing up for them and that we are fighting for their future and their safety. Shannon and Brown must be recalled because our kids deserve a better future than the one that they are dishing out.”
-Pam, owner of Little Lavender Shop @littlelavenderfarm, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, lifelong educator teaching writing at high school and college levels for over 25 years.
Pam is collecting signatures for both school board recalls today & giving out FREE yard signs at our downtown Newberg shop, open 11am-6pm
Did y’all get Dave Brown’s email yesterday where he admits that he has been breaking public meeting laws? What a bizarre attempt at damage control. 🤷🏼♂️ Let’s come together as a community that demands fiscal responsibility, transparency and collaboration from our elected officials. Registered voters in the Newberg school district can sign both of the school board recall petitions at our downtown Newberg shop AND you can pick up a free yard sign! 🇺🇸
In addition to working with our community to create a safe environment for all residents…we also run a business!! 😁 When Zach @zacharygoff has spare time from taking on corrupt elected officials, he develops absolutely incredible products with our hydrosols and essential oils. Stop by our Newberg shop this weekend and get some of his brand new pre-poop spray or his healing beeswax lip balm. Perfect stocking stuffers! ⛄️ We are so grateful for all the love and support that y’all show us. Thank you and Happy Holiday season to all. ✨
Newberg School Board Chair Dave Brown publicly claimed he wanted to “get politics out of schools” when he pushed a likely unconstitutional ban on symbols of affirmation of minority communities in schools.
After firing superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock for no cause, Dave Brown has been privately communicating with @marcfororegon, a far right politician who is currently running for Oregon governor as a fringe Republican. Together they are planning an illegal instatement of Marc as the new superintendent in Newberg. Dave is currently pressuring district staff to break the law to make this illegal instatement happen without public notice. Dave is breaking further laws and policy rules by recruiting Marc without the other board members and without any transparency to the public.
Thanks to some amazing journalism, Newberg/Dundee voters know that Dave is using his elected position to bring fringe politicians into our schools to enforce Dave’s policies of censorship and white supremacy. According to the FBI, white supremacy is the number one threat to law enforcement and peaceful communities in 2021.
Lawless extremists may have taken over our school board but Dave Brown is still accountable to the voters in the Newberg School District. He does not have the right to break the law.
Join us as the community demands accountability from Chair Dave Brown and Vice-chair Brian Shannon. Let’s keep extremist politicians out of our schools!
Sign both recall petitions at our downtown Newberg shop, open 11am-6pm all weekend. Plus, pick up a FREE yard signs to help spread the word in your neighborhood. Be bold and stay strong Newberg/Dundee!!!
Noticeably absent from yesterday’s post about law enforcement outreach were any images of @newbergdundeepd or @ycsooregon doing outreach to local LGBTQ+ or BIPOC communities.
Over the past few months, I’ve had many meetings with leaders from various organizations in the area. I have written emails to leaders of all kinds, including NDPD Chief Jeff Kosmicki and Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson. I came to the table with an offer to work with any community leader willing to meet with me to discuss minority community member/student concerns. I have specifically asked, multiple times, to meet with law enforcement leaders to discuss ways to create a safer environment for the kids in Newberg/Dundee.
It is with great dismay that I report that no law enforcement leader has chosen to reply to me directly. The NDPD Foundation President has been the only person directly connected to law enforcement willing to talk.
Unfortunately, after countless hours of conversation, I have only a list of reasons/excuses about why no public action has been taken.
The list includes: no budget, no staff, law enforcement has ‘limited’ rights, they can’t show ‘bias’, a ‘spotless’ 24 year career, Newberg is the wrong demographic, too religious, too rural, not urban, they will only meet with the children if parents aren’t there, it is not their job to initiate these kinds of conversations, they won’t make any statements because ‘actions’ speak louder, they ‘understand passion but can’t respond to anger’, the Chief ‘can’t be asked to do anything that would harm him or his family’, they can’t reach out to other law enforcement leaders, they can’t ‘be political’…
I told the Police Foundation President that I’d like to make a post showing local law enforcement building bridges with minority students. Regrettably, I cannot make any such post. I have attempted my civic duty but my efforts have come up short. I ask all citizens who are concerned about bigotry in our community to challenge our leaders to take public action in support of local minority communities. Be bold and stay strong Newberg/Dundee!!!
THE BIG LIE of Newberg School Board Directors Dave Brown, Brian Shannon, Renee Powell, and Trevor DeHart is that “symbols of affirmation for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ students are a threat to and/or discriminate against law enforcement officers and their children”.
In communities all around Newberg, police departments are using symbols of affirmation as part of their efforts to create safer communities for all citizens, including at school. Certainly this is just one very small part of the serious work that police departments need to do to continue eliminating systemic bigotry in law enforcement. Still, these actions leave no doubt of the big lie that “symbols of minority affirmation are incompatible with law enforcement and their families”.
Law enforcement leaders in neighboring communities to the east at @wilsonvillepolice, to the north at @hillsboropolice, and @multcoso, and even the statewide leaders @ospsocial (among many other departments) seem to know: creating safe communities means working to support every citizen, not censoring and excluding entire groups of humans.
Four directors of our school board continue to use bigoted dog whistles to defend their potentially unconstitutional censorship policies. Minority residents and students will not be censored or silenced by elected officials. Minority affirmation is not a threat to law enforcement. According to the FBI, the biggest threat to law enforcement and peaceful communities in 2021 is White supremacy.
Recently I had the opportunity to chat with one of the queer identifying students at Newberg High. They asked me why I was so passionate about being involved in the school board recall.
While it is true that Jeremi and I don’t have children (and have no plans to), it is also true that we were once queer (closeted) youth. The reality of being a youth includes discovering our own sexuality and gender identities. Sadly, in our society we gaslight ourselves by sexualizing so many things while simultaneously teaching fear, guilt, and shame about sexuality.
Fear, guilt, and shame are emotions that I navigated for years about my sexuality. When society repeatedly tells a child revolting lies like they are not wanted, that there is no place for humans like them, that they are evil, sinners, perverts, and worse…the trauma is deep, inflicted at the earliest of ages.
This trauma becomes a unique bond that many queer humans share. It’s why some queer humans call each other family. And for too many humans in our beautiful queer family, the trauma leads to very challenging lived experiences.
That’s not to say we don’t thrive in our own ways. But the trauma never completely leaves. It expresses itself in unexpected ways - in our relationships with ourselves, our romantic partners, our blood family, and our friends. It expresses itself in choices with negative consequences. It effects every choice we make.
While no human experience is without trauma of some kind, so much of what society put me through as a queer young person was unnecessary.
The kids are alright. As adults, we MUST tell them that as loudly as possible. I will always counter the narrative of the oppressors and give kids permission to write their own true stories. Be bold and stay strong Newberg/Dundee!!
🇺🇸 As Americans, it is our Constitutional right and duty to hold elected officials accountable. Anytime politicians blatantly abuse the power of their office, when they grossly mismanage taxpayer money, when they rule with bigotry as their guide…Americans will rise!!! #freedom 🙌
Exercise your Constitutional rights this weekend! Stop by our downtown Newberg shop to sign BOTH school board recall petitions. 🇺🇸
✅ All registered voters in the @newbergschooldistrict are eligible to sign.
✅ Our flower shop is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11am-6pm; located at 108 S. College St. in the alley!
✅ YES, we are currently still collecting signatures to recall Vice-chair Brian Shannon.
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✅ Follow @recallbshannon & @recalldavebrown for campaign updates
✅ Both recall petitions are also available on the campaign websites to print, sign, and mail in. YES, the e-sheets have been approved by the Yamhill County Clerk.
✅ The Recall Dave Brown campaign is now taking financial donations at recalldavebrown.com
✅ Anyone, anywhere can donate to these campaigns. Every dollar matters. Please help if you can. Send that coin!!!
We are often asked why we use our business platform to speak about liberty for all. When we were born in the mid 1980’s there was no liberty for queer Americans. Only 10% of the population thought a marriage like ours should be legal. The queer community was in the middle of a deadly pandemic that was completely ignored by almost all of society. When we were kids, many adult men and queers just like us were suffering in extreme pain and dying alone.
There were no gay owned flower farms. There were no rainbow flag displays to debate. Americans of all kinds despised humans like us because they did not know humans like us. And humans like us could not be known because for too long so many had to hide.
But some decided to stop hiding. They decided to be visible, to demand a spot at the table of society, to be beat down in hope of a time when they could be free.
Today, we walk in our queer ancestors footsteps. We recognize the hard work that still lies ahead. When we met in 2009, same-sex marriage was not legal. Back then, President Obama did not support this marriage.
Queer liberty did not happen when they gave us marriage. In 2020, President Trump’s lawyers argued before the Supreme Court that our employers should be allowed to fire us simply for being queer. Trans rights remain under attack from transphobic politicians at all levels. Our oppression is ongoing.
It is an extreme privilege to own a business that doesn’t find it necessary to use their platforms to speak about liberty and basic human rights. It is an extreme privilege to be silent in the face of government sponsored bigotry. As gay business owners, we do not have those privileges.
Still, we do have some privilege as white, male business owners and we personally know about the magic of queer love.