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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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  • Finding Our Voices, Living Up to Sheila’s Legacy

    Twenty-four years ago, Sheila Wellstone crisscrossed Minnesota.

    Her husband had just been elected to the United States Senate, and she was determined to seize the opportunity to make a difference. At the time, domestic violence was reported as a crime, without attention to prevention or solution. It garnered little public dialogue, so Sheila set out to change that.

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  • Winning the Wellstone Way, in South Korea

    Day to day, a chunk of my job is to be a first point of contact for Wellstone. From questions about where to find resources on using Twitter for campaigns to info on the Wellstone Memorial Site in Eveleth, MN, I’m your guy. My goal is to make sure everyone, no matter where you live, has access to our tools and resources.

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  • “We the people” – In Action

    How do you build a national movement, based in the states? And how do you build this movement so that it’s rooted in progressive values?  

    Most importantly, how do you make sure that movement is built to win? With real governing power so that politicians are accountable to people, not Wall Street?

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  • The 2014 Fair Courts State Summit

    Wellstone is proud to be a national partner of Justice At Stake. During their recent 2014 Fair Courts State Summit we led training workshops focused on working effectively as a coalition, elevating Fair Courts issues during election cycles, and building strategic power in this movement. Check out Justice At Stake's storify from the summit: 
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  • Winning in Georgia, the Wellstone Way

    Change is going to come from the states, not from DC. Progress is going to be won by building an enduring movement, state by state. Wondering how we do that? Take Georgia as an example. Take the example of Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

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