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"We must love each other and protect each other"

Maybe Leila’s connection to Wellstone started seven years ago when she helped bring Campus Camp Wellstone (CCW) to her community college, De Anza, in California’s Bay Area. Or maybe the roots of that connection began to grow a great many years earlier.

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Changing the Rules

Our democracy is under siege. Laws are written to disenfranchise millions and our voices go unheard. Progressives organize but are drowned out by radical billionaires. Lines are drawn to divide communities and weaken our power. Too often, our courts are politicized and fail to protect our democracy against these attacks.  

The rules of the game are stacked against progress. And the very foundation of America’s democracy is at stake.

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How He Won

It’s not easy to win a deeply competitive campaign for the State Assembly at age 24. It’s especially tough when you’re a first time candidate, not originally from the area, going up against the corporate education reform movement, and an opponent funded by people like Michael Bloomberg.

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Walking the Walk

I’ll be honest, running leadership development and training programs is always a little weird: my role is to prepare and support others to do amazing things. And the members of the Wellstone Corps did amazing things, I couldn’t be more proud of them, or more excited to see what they do next.
 
Over the last 6 months, I helped lead Wellstone’s most ambitious program yet: Wellstone Corps. From start to finish, we walked the walk of what politics the Wellstone Way means. 
 
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The Wellstone Model of Organizing

An elder Hmong woman, deeply connected with her community, comes to a GOTV shift in East St. Paul, she’s trained to use a computer for the first time and the most effective ways to turnout voters.

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Winning the Second Time Around, Starting with Wellstone

We’ll skip to the back of the book: after losing her first campaign in 2012 for a state house seat in Northern Idaho by 123 votes, Paulette Jordan ran again in 2014 and won. Sorry to ruin the ending, but it’s the heart of the story that you don’t want to miss.

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An Enduring Voice

We came together from different backgrounds and communities, different generations and experiences.  We represent very diverse cultures.  We came together in common purpose, not just to get out the vote but to lift up our neighborhoods. 

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From Arizona to the White House

"What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal, that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will."
- President Obama, 11/20/2014, announcing a series of executive actions on immigration

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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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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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