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  • From Student Council to Wellstone

    Emily ran for student council president, the Wellstone Way.

    She was in 6th grade, frizzy hair, not exactly part of the popular group, but determined to make a difference. So Emily got to work, circulating a newsletter, waking up early to greet all her classmates during the morning bell, talking about her ideas to improve the school. She didn't win, but it was the experience that launched her career.

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  • Stand Up, Keep Fighting

    Like you, I went to bed too late on Tuesday, November 4, struggling to make sense of the results that were rolling in.

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  • Taking Back the Ballot

    The consequences aren’t hypothetical. The cost of inaction couldn’t be more real. Voters head to the ballot box and limit who can marry, who has access to health care, whose kids deserve access to good schools.

    It may seem like ballot measures weren’t really around in Paul Wellstone’s day. But the truth is that for decades, conservatives have strategically used ballot initiatives to push their extreme agenda. To make matters worse, progressives have spent over a billion dollars playing defense – and too often, we’ve lost – or protected a status quo that just isn’t good enough. 

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  • Passionate. Empowered. Fighting for Change.

    Tracie Washington, an attorney, community organizer, and adjunct professor in New Orleans, walked into a Campus Camp Wellstone at Dillard University last year and memories came rushing back.

    Flashbacks of her four years as a student at a tiny college in Northfield, Minnesota called Carleton.

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  • Go Blue! Go Wellstone.

    Starting a campaign from scratch is never easy. It’s especially tough when you’re new to organizing, without years of experience to lean on. But knowing Wellstone’s got your back sure does help.

    This is the story of Wellstone Corps. This spring, we hired 25 emerging organizers, from former teachers to recent college grads , and we gave them an important job: hold five of the most radical conservatives in the country accountable for their actions, and win on November 4th in a way that builds community power for the long haul.

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  • Melting a Mountain of Ice

    When speaking with labor groups, Paul Wellstone loved quoting Wendell Phillips, an abolitionist in the 1840s. At a time when neither political party would take a firm stand on slavery, Wendell would argue that, "slavery is a moral outrage, it should be abolished." Paul would tell the story of the time Phillips finished speaking and a friend came up to him saying, "Wendell, why are you so on fire?" And Wendell responded, "I'm on fire because I have mountains of ice before me to melt."

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  • Investing in the Courageous

    A small group sat around a dining room table, weeks after the 2002 election, just months after a plane crashed, killing Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, his daughter, Marcia, and three members of his campaign staff – Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, and Will McLaughlin. They sat, ate dinner, shared stories, and talked about where to go from there, because one thing was clear: there was so much work left to do.

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