Jake Levy-Pollans

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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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  • “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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