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  • Building Progressive Power Coast to Coast

    Each week, we're confronted with another threat to our communities; last week's assault on immigrants leads painfully to this week's attack on transgender kids. We do this work of resisting, of persevering, knowing full well that it doesn't stop here: that another hateful executive order is just around the corner. 

    And we aren't going anywhere. In these first months of the new administration, Wellstone has turned toward what we already know: we can't cede power anywhere. 

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  • Nelson Rafael Roman

    People First in Holyoke

    During a presidential election year, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the big race and forget about the municipal and state races that are happening, too.
     
    One of the most essential ways we can create a politics that improves people’s lives is by changing who’s in charge at the local level.
     
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  • Update - Camp Wellstone: Online

    I wanted to give you an update on Camp Wellstone: Online.

    Earlier this month, we launched our new online learning program, and over the past two weeks over 130 people from 24 states (and Canada!) have joined us for our online classroom on running, and winning, as a progressive candidate.

    Camp Wellstone: Online is one of the most important new initiatives we’ve started this year. And we could only launch it because of support from donors like you..

    As one participant said after the last session:

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  • A Tale of Two Judges

    Hamilton County, Ohio, Judges Jerry Metz and Pat Foley began their careers on a parallel track. Both trace their interest in politics to their childhoods. They even attended the same seminary (though they didn’t know each other at the time!) and then moved on to legal work for the bulk of their careers. And both thank Wellstone for propelling their judicial campaigns.

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  • Why not now?

    “I come from a big family, so organizing big events is in my blood.” Explains Pinky Vargas, “I’ve always been a community organizer.”

    And while her interest in local Bellingham (a Seattle suburb) politics grew over the years – she’d even watch the local access channel’s broadcast of city council meetings – the idea of running for office stayed in the back of her mind to do many years down the line.

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  • From 3M to Campaign Management

    In 2011, Gene Nichols was newly-retired from his 32 year career in the healthcare division at 3M. His path to an active political life in retirement had begun just a few years earlier. In 2008, while volunteering on the Obama campaign, he met a fellow volunteer that recruited him to get involved with TakeAction MN, a partner organization of ours and a national model for state-based progressive advocacy. From there, Gene met a Wellstone Action trainer who encouraged him to go to a Camp Wellstone.

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  • Kicking off Alumni Engagement in 2015!

    Recently, we welcomed our newest group of alumni into the Wellstone Action family at an event after our annual Twin Cities Camp Wellstone. The newest class of campers were joined by alumni from past Camps, by a few of our Wellstone Organizing Fellows, and by many more friends and supporters. Alumni were able to network, swap stories, and share what they have been up to since their Wellstone training.

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