Saturday, September 23, 2023

Fort Bragg Residents Fight Off Efforts to Change Schools’ Names and Defend Town’s Heritage

The following is a joint press release from Save Our Town Name and Keep Our School Names:

Fort Bragg High School [Photo provided by Judy Valadao]

In a remarkable display of dedication and perseverance, a group of Fort Bragg residents, led by John S. Lushenko, have successfully preserved the historic school names and defended the cherished heritage of their town. Through their tireless efforts and a comprehensive strategy, the group, known as “SAVE OUR TOWN NAME!” and “KEEP OUR SCHOOL’S NAMES!,” thwarted the opposition group “Change Our Town’s Name,” also known as CON, who attempted to change the Fort Bragg Schools names. CON’s belief was that if they could topple the Fort Bragg school names then they could change the town name.

The Fort Bragg Unified School District, after great deliberation, decided that they do not think it is in the interests of our students and community members to change the Fort Bragg school names and that any such consideration would only bring division to the community and detract from the mission of delivering exceptional learning for all students.

From the onset, the “SAVE OUR TOWN NAME!” and “KEEP OUR SCHOOL’S NAMES!” unified groups focused on engaging with local government officials, including the Fort Bragg City Council monitors and the school superintendent and board of trustees. The group approach involved a multifaceted campaign that encompassed various channels of communication. Large mail-outs, including FEDEX and USPS deliveries, were sent to the schools, bolstered by a flurry of emails to each member of the school board. Such efforts aimed to prevent the opposition from exploiting the schools and staff with their political propaganda and to show a strong support base of over 1,500 people who wished to keep the names of our schools unchanged. And ultimately, to demonstrate a show of force by those people that wish to keep our town name.

The group’s dedication extended beyond traditional correspondence. They attended superintendent and board of trustee’s chat meetings, prominently displaying their support with “Save Our Town” and “Keep Our School’s Names” slogans in the background. Additionally, they developed and distributed apparel, bumper stickers, pins, and yard signs to rally support from Fort Bragg residents and concerned citizens across the United States.

“We presented a strong and unified effort to support the keeping of our Fort Bragg names,” said John S. Lushenko, the group’s founder. “Our goal was to recognize and honor the people of Fort Bragg and preserve our town’s proud heritage.”

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The group’s online presence faced numerous challenges, including internet attacks, trolls, and hackers and insertion into the websites by the opposition. However, they were not deterred. Efforts were made to restore their websites, remove hackers and the opposition implants and take necessary precautions to protect their online platforms. The group also actively monitored media and publications on the subject, responding to false information and maintaining accurate representations of their cause.

Throughout their 4 1/2-month campaign, the group’s dedicated members engaged in extensive conversations, responding to private messages, emails, and phone calls from supporters interested in the petitions and letter campaigns. They demonstrated unwavering commitment to their cause, even at the expense of personal time and sleep.

The group’s success in preserving the Fort Bragg school names is a testament to the power of grassroots movements and community engagement. By staying motivated and vigilant, they have set an inspiring example for others looking to protect their local identities, resist attempts at political indoctrination and preserve their history and their heritage.

John S. Lushenko and Rus Jewet, and their “SAVE OUR TOWN NAME!” and “KEEP OUR SCHOOL’S NAMES! along with the residents of Fort Bragg, California, have achieved their goal of preserving the Fort Bragg school names. The unwavering efforts have secured the town’s heritage, ensuring that future generations will continue to recognize and honor the values, culture, heritage, and history of Fort Bragg California.

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    • you forgot to add that their bias is for the facts, the fact is these emotionally unstable groups(which you undoubtedly are part of) that want to change the names of everything(because they have nothing better to do than sit around and focus on things that dont actually matter to anyone but them) need to be stopped. this article is one of the best(current) articles on this website, its rather refreshing to read a news article based in reality and full of truth such as this one. a big thank you to the staff for publishing this much needed article

    • It is labeled as a press release. We have published multiple press releases for the name change advocacy organization, and it’s only fair I give the other side an opportunity.

      • Thanks for the clarification, Matt. It is clearly marked as a press release yet I overlooked it. I will find all the press releases MendoFever has published to get a balanced view of the varying opinions. Thank you for keeping us informed.

        FactsAreThis, it seems you and I both overlooked the bold print identifying this as a press release. I suggest careless reading rather than emotional instability is the common thread here.

  1. The save our name group did a great job, the people of Fort bragg stood together and made an impact on the con group. The people of Fort bragg are united against the name change we are proud of our heritage and won’t stand by and allow a small minority of the citizens change the name of our town which has been a part of our heritage since birth for many that live here. The only reason they want to change the name is because they want to edit the history to be less offensive. By changing the name they are editing the history because the name is offensive to them. History is meant to be taught so the mistakes of the past are not forgotten, it is not to be edited to make a few people that find it offensive happy.

    • Fort Bragg is the name of our town, maybe you don’t like it, or maybe you do, but it is what it is, no need to change it.

    • Sorry (and this could be taken as a compliment) but from my undoubtedly ignorant and limited perspective it sure looks like the relentless history denying hatred of the far right anti-woke crusaders provides far more effective demoralization than anything any lefty has been able to conjure.

  2. “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
    George Orwell, 1984

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