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  • Honoring the Past, By Building the Future

    They organize in Cleveland and Youngstown, Columbus and Dayton, Toledo and Cincinnati. They take on issues like student debt, economic and educational justice, and the disenfranchisement of young voters. They lobby, they take direct action, they develop new movement leaders, and they win. They win real change, the Wellstone Way.

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  • Three Times, All a Charm

    Leah Olm sat on the L, riding back to her dorm at the University of Chicago after the last day of Campus Camp Wellstone in Chicago.

    She remembered the stories old customers told her years earlier during a high-school job at a bakery in Duluth, of a Senator who lifted people up, of a leader who inspired a movement.

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  • Meet the Wellstone Corps

    Meet the 25 organizers who make up the inaugural class of Wellstone Corps. These leaders spent last week in Nashville, being trained by some of the best progressive campaigners in the country. Now they’re deployed to 5 targeted states across the country to take on radical conservatives, and win progressive change the Wellstone Way. After the 2014 campaign, they’ll be plugged into a community of progressives ready to help them launch their careers in the movement.

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  • A Teacher, In One Sense of the Word

    Our new Program Director, Jennifer Sconyers, planned to become a teacher. “I was going to school, and working in the Springfield, IL Schools, planning to launch my career as a teacher. And then one day I realized that I loved the kids, but not the administrators,” explains Jennifer, “So I thought, ‘now what?’”

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  • Joining the League of Superheroes

    For our new Senior Project Manager, Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman, life as an organizer got started early.

    Working at a LGBTQ youth drop-in center, and with an antiviolence crisis line, just after high school in Colorado, a statewide organizing group approached Causten to help with a 2004 LGBT voter registration drive. “I was good at it, and it paid $10 an hour. So after the campaign, when they asked me to stay and work on racial justice issues, I suddenly could do something about all these issues that I was passionate about.”

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  • Resources to win, thanks to a little help from our friends

    We’ve just launched a powerful new section of our website, an online resources library filled with helpful calculators, tip sheets, and samples for campaigns that want to run and win the Wellstone Way.

    We gathered up the cutting-edge strategies and current best practices to create this toolkit for progressive across the country. And to do it, we built this library the Wellstone Way, by working with the best and brightest campaigners from all over the progressive community.

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  • Inspired by Family, and Wellstone

    Five years ago, at a Camp Wellstone in Raleigh NC, Kara Hollingsworth walked up to our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Erik Peterson. Erik trained all weekend wearing a pin that had a peace sign and a yellow ribbon, the logo for Military Families Speak Out (MFSO).
     
    “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh’” Kara explains, “It’s not a button you saw very often. Getting involved with MFSO was one of the ways I started my work in politics and policy. And it turned out that Erik had a personal connection with MFSO’s founders, Nancy and Charlie.” 
     
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