Statement from Denise Quinn-Nanke, Write-In Candidate for School Board

Decisions about the education of Salem-Keizer’s children must be made at the local level. The best way to meet the needs of our children is to empower parents, teachers, and school districts with the tools they need to provide the best outcomes possible.

I am concerned about our school district’s decision to accept federal dollars that then require adherence to top-down programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top that mandate standards that may or may not be what is best for Salem-Keizer.

Common Core State Standards are an example of a top-down mandate that is in place due to the district accepting federal dollars. These are complex and cumbersome standards that will cost a lot of money to implement and manage.

Planned Parenthood funded instructors teaching students at two of our high schools – the programs are mandated but the choice of instruction staff is still in the hands of the district.

Practical and prudent solutions applied to difficult economic circumstances are crucial if we are to maintain our focus on supporting and improving the education of our children at Salem-Keizer Schools.

In 2007 the school district implemented a Quality Assurance Model to ensure continuous improvement in student achievement by setting appropriate benchmarks and achieving stated goals. This helps employees understand how they contribute to the district mission, goals and objectives. It’s a great tool for decision making regarding funding that uses data to drive decisions rather than opinion. I was an auditor for the QAM while employed by the district and I will encourage the district to use this model at all levels of decision making.

I have lived in Salem since 1978, graduated from South Salem High School and watched my now 20 year old son do the same in 2010. As a Salem-Keizer School District employee, I worked for more than a decade with the many talented and caring professionals who strive every day to educate Salem’s children. I have called our South Salem neighborhood home for over 20 years and love this city!

Salem-Keizer needs leaders who make decisions based on common sense principles, which recognize parent’s as their child’s first and most important teacher, and are accountable to the community.

You won’t see my name on the ballot in May, so please write-in Denise Quinn-Nanke for Salem-Keizer School Board Zone 3!


Statement from Gayle Strawn, Candidate for the School Board


I am not a political person. I am a second generation North Salem High graduate, married to a second generation North Salem High graduate; I am the proud mother of a teacher, a physical therapist, and a US Army veterinary student, all graduates of North Salem High. For many years, my husband and I had the privilege to partner with Salem-Keizer Schools in our children’s exceptional education.

I am an average citizen. Running for the school board was the last thing on my mind.  I am running because, as a business owner and a grandmother,   I care about this community and I care about our local schools!

This past year, employees whose salaries are paid by Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider – have been teaching health classes at North Salem High School and McKay High School.  Neither Superintendent Sandy Husk nor the school board members have been clear exactly who promoted this program within the Salem-Keizer School District. However the superintendent and board have declared that Planned Parenthood will continue to teach our children long as its grant from the federal government lasts.

Planned Parenthood reports, in their 2011-2012 annual report, providing 333,964 abortion procedures nationwide. The Planned Parenthood website is also of great concern to me; as it promotes promiscuous behaviors that hurt teens’ ability to form healthy lifelong relationships.  The current school board has voted against even holding a hearing in this matter!

I am asking for your vote so that I can do everything possible to get Planned Parenthood out of our schools. Mothers and fathers should not be shut out of their children’s education. Parents should have a voice as encouraged by district policy. Thank you for your consideration.

GAYLE STRAWN, St. Joseph Parishioner


William Steinmetz    (retired teacher)

Oregon Right to Life PAC


Lynch Mob?

Lynch Mob?

According to this news story, professors at the University of Buffalo compared pro-life students to a lynch mob and tried to shut them down.  Of course, it was one of the professors who was actually arrested for behaving in a lynch mob manner.

The school district had a similar reaction to us when we protested Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools.  While we were not the subject of profanity-laced tirades, the following meeting had a large number of security guards present as if we were some sort of threat to their safety.  But we were no such thing.  We are pro-life.  We respect others, even when they don’t respect us.

At Buffalo University, pro-abortion professors and others objected to the graphic depiction of abortion present on the posters.  If they are in favor of abortion, you would think they would be proud to have those pictures displayed.  But they are not.

In Salem-Keizer School District, a grandmother read from a Planned Parenthood website.  You would think that if they were in favor of Planned Parenthood in our schools, they would be proud to hear those words.  But they weren’t.  They asked the grandmother to stop reading from the text of the website.  I think it was called “Take Care Down There”.  Anyway, like the professor at Buffalo University who was arrested for harassing pro-life students, they are in favor of something they are not really proud of.  They don’t want it shown.  They tried to hide Planned Parenthood’s involvement, and downplayed what Planned Parenthood does.  We think its better to be in favor of something that we are proud of.

There are two candidates for the school board who are in favor of getting rid of Planned Parenthood.  Gayle Strawn is on the ballot, and Denise Quinn-Nanke is a write-in candidate.  Support them with your votes.  Just as important, support them by spreading the news on social media and telling your friends.  Like them on Facebook.  Forward e-mails.  We need everyone to know about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools, and that there are two candidates who aim to stop it.

The Next School Board Meeting

The next school board meeting is scheduled for January 22nd, which is later in the month than other school board meetings have been scheduled.  We hope to see you there.  It is important that we let them know this issue isn’t going to go away.

December School Board Meeting

There was a nice turnout to the school board meeting tonight.  We didn’t have the numbers from last month.  We drew about thirty people or so, but we had some new faces.  In particular, we had several Hispanic students and parents.  Some voiced their opposition to Planned Parenthood’s involvement in our schools.  It was a very welcome addition.  

For some reason the school district went way overboard on security people.  Lots of security people there compared to last time.  Are they afraid we’ll pray?  At any rate, we voiced our concerns again.  Planned Parenthood does not belong in our schools.  More will follow later.  

December School Board Meeting

Let’s start getting ready for the December school board meeting!  Everyone did a wonderful job by showing up and by speaking so effectively about Planned Parenthood in our schools.  But they are still there.  We need even MORE people to show up than last time.  We had ninety people there.  Let’s see if we can get a hundred and fifty people next time.  It’s on Tuesday, December 11th at 6 PM.

The school administration has responded to our concerns.  Their response was disappointing.  They continue to try to sell Planned Parenthood to us, and minimize our concerns.  They have alternately tried to make it a financial issue, deny that it’s really Planned Parenthood, say we’re making too big a deal out of it, and a lot of other nonsense.  This time, let’s respond to their response.  Suggestions are listed in the post below this one.  And I know that there are better responses out there that are in your hearts and minds.  I have to say that we couldn’t have asked for a better set of speakers last time.  Let’s do that again!

Where Do We Go From Here?

Thank you again to everyone who showed up for the November school board meeting.  If you missed it, click on the link on the right titled “School Board Meeting Synopsis”.  The school board certainly heard from the community, both in the large number of people who showed up and in the words of the people who spoke.  So now what?

We’re not done yet.  In the communications from people who have been in contact with the district administration it seems the district is still not doing anything with this.  They think that if we simply communicate about it that is sufficient.  It’s not sufficient at all.  Planned Parenthood needs to be removed in our schools.  If they are not, it is only a matter of time before the process of creeping incrementalism extends their presence more and more into the lives of our children.  We need to send a consistent message that Planned Parenthood is  America’s largest abortion provider, not a community service organization.  As Jason S. said at the meeting, the program is simply a marketing campaign for Planned Parenthood.  Everything the district administration has said in response to this has contained an element of falsehood.  We need to respond to this consistently, and so it’s laid out below.

  1. “The district says students must opt into the program.”  Really?  Perhaps they must opt into the after school component, but they don’t opt into the class.  The class is mandatory and the contract with Planned Parenthood specifies that the district will make students available to Planned Parenthood.  One of the speakers at the November school board meeting indicated that their child was in the class and they objected to it.  They certainly didn’t opt into be taught by Planned Parenthood.  Regardless of whether students opt in, the fact that Planned Parenthood is being presented as a community service organization is not something that any student has opted into.  Rather, this has been thrust upon all of the students and hides the fact that Planned Parenthood kills babies and promotes teen sex.  
  2. “Planned Parenthood only comes into the room a couple of times per week and doesn’t do a lot of actual sex education.”  So what?  Coming into the classroom once is unacceptable.  It doesn’t change the fact that they are coming into the classroom and being presented as a nice resource for our children.  Furthermore, they are coming into the classroom the entire academic year so that our students have an entire school year’s worth of exposure to them.  That’s not a mitigating factor at all.  It’s an attempt by the administration to minimize what’s going on.  People only minimize something in that manner when they know it’s wrong and they are hoping to get away with it.
  3. “They do community service.”  And the KKK has adopted roads for litter pick up.  Outlaw motorcycle gangs have tried to clean up their image by participating in parades and toy drives.  Criminals are sometimes sentenced to do community service.  That does nothing to change the fact that Planned Parenthood hooks kids on sex and kills babies.  Doing something good does not negate the fact that they are also doing something horrible.  This is another attempt by the administration to minimize Planned Parenthood’s presence. People only minimize things when they already know they are wrong.
  4. “One of the people brought in by Planned Parenthood is a retired teacher, and the other is a social worker.”  Again, this is an attempt at minimizing what is going on.  This does nothing to change the fact that Planned Parenthood was brought in and given access to our children.  It’s no more relevant than the fact that some Planned Parenthood employees used to flip burgers at McDonald’s prior to working for Planned Parenthood.  They are attempting to draw our attention away from the fact that they are Planned Parenthood employees.  They were hired by Planned Parenthood, directed by Planned Parenthood, and are paid by Planned Parenthood.  They are personal representatives of Planned Parenthood regardless of what they did in another job.
  5. “Planned Parenthood got a grant and brought it to the school district.”  So what?  It doesn’t matter that Planned Parenthood obtained financing to market their brand in our schools.  They are still marketing their brand in our schools and this is unacceptable.
  6. “Planned Parenthood is a hot topic, and some people are opposed and some are in favor.”  Well that’s just dandy.  If Planned Parenthood supporters want their kids to be exposed to Planned Parenthood then they should take their kids over there themselves.  Why are they being forced on everyone else?  The fact of the matter is that Planned Parenthood supporters do not have their rights as parents violated if we kick Planned Parenthood out of the schools because they can still take their kids there.  But those who oppose Planned Parenthood do have their rights as parents violated because we can’t undo the exposure all students in the schools have when Planned Parenthood is presented as a community service organization rather than a promoter of teen sexual behavior and leading abortion advocate and provider.  
  7. “We’re making too big of a deal out of this.”  In other words the district administration still isn’t taking us seriously.  They think it’s perfectly acceptable to offend and alienate a very large segment of the population because they don’t share our concerns.  This is perhaps the worst sort of minimization the district administration has done regarding this issue.  They are saying we are the problem.  Since when has it been a problem for parents to speak up about what’s doing on in our schools?  Has it ever been a problem for us to be concerned about our students?  When parents read from the Planned Parenthood website things that would result in a sexual harassment lawsuit if presented in a workplace setting, and one of the school board directors is okay with it being presented as a resource for our children, who is really the problem?  When parents read intrusive sexual questions from a survey presented in class that would result in the police being called if a strange man were asking these questions on the sidewalk outside of a school, is the parent the problem?  No!  Planned Parenthood teaching in our schools is the problem!  

This is how we need to respond to the district when they attempt to minimize our concerns.  We need to be firm and polite about it, but we need to keep up the pressure.  Continue to show up for school board meetings, and continue to contact the school board and school administration.

Thank you to ev…

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting tonight.  This web site will be updated with additional information this weekend.  It would be great to update it immediately, but circumstances won’t permit that this week.  Check back this weekend!

Another Margaret Sanger Quote

The organization founded by Margaret Sanger is teaching in Salem-Keizer public schools. See the first post down below.  Here is a nice piece of writing she did for the Birth Control Review, which outlines her desire for government intervention to enforce mandatory sterilization and segregation, including what can only be termed concentration camps.  She wrote:

First, put into action President Wilson’s fourteen points, upon which terms Germany and Austria surrendered to the Allies in 1918.

Second, have Congress set up a special department for the study of population problems and appoint a Parliament of Population, the directors representing the various branches of science: this body to direct and control the population through birth rates and immigration, and to direct its distribution over the country according to national needs consistent with taste, fitness and interest of the individuals.

The main objects of the Population Congress would be:


a. To raise the level and increase the general intelligence of population.

b. to increase the population slowly by keeping the birth rate at its present level of fifteen per thousand, decreasing the death rate below its present mark of 11 per thousand.

c. to keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.

d. to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.

e. To insure the country against future burdens of maintenance for numerous offspring as may be born of feebleminded parents by pensioning all persons with transmissible disease who voluntarily consent to sterilization.

f. To give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.

g. to apportion farm lands and homesteads for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.

The first step would thus be to control the intake and output of morons, mental defectives, epileptics.

The second step would be to take an inventory of the secondary group such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection, and segregate them on farms and open spaces as long as necessary for the strengthening and development of moral conduct.

Having corralled this enormous part of our population and placed it on a basis of health instead of punishment, it is safe to say that fifteen or twenty millions of our population would then be organized into soldiers of defense — defending the unborn against their own disabilities….

With the future citizen safeguarded from hereditary taints, with five million mental and moral degenerates segregated, with ten million women and ten million children receiving adequate care, we could then turn our attention to the basic needs for international peace..

-Margaret Sanger, “A Plan for Peace”, Birth Control Review, April 1932, pp. 107-108.  Retrieved 8/24/12 from

Thank you, Susan P. for bringing this to our attention.  If anyone else has a nice juicy Planned Parenthood quote, we’ll post them.  Just use the comment section.  If you don’t want your identity post, just let us know and we’ll make a separate post and credit you by first name.  Comments require approval before publication, so just let us know.  We must be able to verify all quotes, however.  We care about the truth, unlike Planned Parenthood. The truth is that human beings are equally valuable, from conception to natural death.  Planned Parenthood was founded on racist eugenics, and Salem-Keizer public schools is letting them in.  Write to the superintendent and the school board.

Planned Parenthood’s Racist Foundation

Margaret Sanger made many racist statements.  But she wasn’t the only Planned Parenthood founder to do so.  The progenitor organization, the American Birth Control League, contained many racists.  They documented their racism in their publication, The Birth Control Review.  Some of their racist quotes can be found here:

They have succeeded in their racist goals.  The abortion rate is 21% of all minority children, as opposed to 10.3% of white children.  This includes an astounding 28% of black children who are killed by abortion.

Planned Parenthood’s founders would be proud of this.  Why does our school district want to allow these people into the two Salem-Keizer high schools with the highest minority enrollment?