On Saturday, October 15, two political rallies were held at the flagpole in downtown Newberg. The two rallies could not have been more different.
The first rally began at 12 p.m. and featured supporters from several moderate and conservative candidates waving American flags and signs in support of their candidates. Some of the candidates themselves were present at the rally, Newberg Mayoral candidate Bill Rosacker, Newberg City Council candidate Robyn Wheatley, Newberg City Councilwoman Peggy Kilburg and Yamhill County Commissioner Kit Johnson. I interviewed Rosacker and Wheatley while covering the event, which you can watch in the full video below.
The second rally, which I consider a counter-rally, initially formed about an hour and a half into the first rally. Participants in the counter-rally, who gathered on the sidewalk by the flagpole across the street from the island, showed many members of Progressive Yamhill waving symbols in support of critical race theory; Black Lives Matter signs, transracial pride flags, and even Antifa flags. When the first rally ended, its members crossed the street and took over the central flagpole area. Importantly, Newberg City Councilman Jefferson Mildenberger (who is running against Robyn Wheatley) was present, as was Casey Banks, a Newberg First United Methodist Church pastor who is running for a city council seat against Peggy Kilburg.
Since the full video is long, here is the specific portion of the video where the counter-rally begins and you can clearly see a participant crossing into the island area with an Antifa flag adorned in the colors of the transracial pride flags . You can also see that after the crowd has completely crossed Newberg, Councilman Jefferson Mildenberger stands with them, as well as what I believe is a group of women standing together including Kristen Stoller, Newberg Councilwoman Stephanie Findley, and McMinnville City Councilwoman Remy Drabkin; I think those are the women yelling at me in the video.
It’s not surprising that these folks are attending a rally with members waving Antifa flags given that they are after all part of a group, Progressive Yamhill, which has organized funding for Antifa groups that in 2020 were police in the Portland Federal Courthouse, as I have shown evidence of in previous articles.
Amazingly, progressive Yamhill members have attempted to manipulate the truth of events by claiming that the rally, which started over an hour before their rally was due to begin, “disrupted” their rally. Here is Kristen Stoller, a notable leader of the Yamhill Progressive group, who makes this allegation:
Interestingly, Progressive Yamhill has dubbed their counter-rally an “ACLU dance party”; However, the rally consisted entirely of local Progressive Yamhill supporters, many of whom held signs to campaign for Democratic candidates for office and local Progressive Yamhill members running for election this November. I think this was just a counter rally event and I find it unusual and strange that they are trying to claim it was something else.
On Twitter, the Save Yamhill County PAC (which is controlled by Lynette Shaw, a founder of Progressive Yamhill and whose purpose is to support “progressive” candidates in Yamhill County) falsely claimed that I was hanging out with Antifa members, even though it was really anyone If you watch the video you can see that I was actually covering the first rally and it was the Antifa flag carrying counter rallies that crossed and came towards me.
Also, I think it’s pretty much indisputable that candidates like Jefferson Mildenberger and Casey Banks were present at the counter-rally; here are screenshots from their own facebook page campaign accounts,
Despite this evidence. those associated with Progressive Yamhill have still tried to get involved with Gaslighting on social media, notably Matthew Stidman (who is a member of the Newberg Affordable Housing Committee) and Cherice Bock (a key member of Progressive Yamhill and current professor at George Fox University who attends Antifa rallies, as I previously outlined about her in a previous article).
Here is a larger version of the photo I posted showing Jefferson Mildenberger at the counter rally, as if anyone who has seen the video really needs to put it more clearly,
I think the residents of Newberg should be sick and tired of the constant attempts by so many city officials to gaslight them by now. They will literally do something in public for all to see and then blatantly lie about it, trying to spread misinformation to make their political opponents appear to be doing exactly what they are doing.
Anyone interested in learning more information about how Progressive Yamhill candidates abused their positions and mismanaged the City of Newberg can read my previously published articles.
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Also, let’s not forget how they rewarded their progressive Yamhill friends with the City of Newberg’s Covid-19 relief money, mostly those who own bars and nonprofits that serve common interests. In fact, the Newberg Downtown Coalition, whose board members are Mayor Rick Rogers and Councilwoman Elise Hollamon, have donated significant amounts of money, and donations have also been made to the Peace Trail Village homeless camp project that was built next to the Veritas School at Newberg Habitat for Humanity (of which Mayor Rick Rogers is a paid employee), Providence Health & Services and the Community Wellness Collective (Elise Hollamon is a paid employee of Providence and she is also the co-founder and president of the Community Wellness Collective). These apparent conflicts of interest are explored in a previously published article, Newberg City Council Spends Covid-19 Recovery Funds On Progressive Yamhill Members’ Private Businesses and Newberg City Council Funds Construction of Homeless Camp Next to School.
Will Newberg residents allow these fringe extremists to continue turning Newberg into the next Portland and all its social problems as a result of mismanagement and poor social policies? I suppose we’ll find out on election day November 8th.