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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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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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Running Campaigns, Of All Shapes and Sizes

They run massive municipal campaigns, managing million-dollar budgets and huge staffs. They organize major community engagement events to help local sports teams better connect with their neighborhoods. 

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“Politics Is Not About Predictions, It’s About What We Do”

On March 23rd, the well known number-cruncher Nate Silver came out with a 2014 election prediction that said the Democrats were unlikely to hold the U.S. Senate this November. Just as conservatives pounced all over him with his 2012 Obama victory predictions, progressives this time howled and called his numbers faulty.  His prediction, and the reaction to it, got a lot of news coverage and political chatter. 
 
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Upping an Alumna's Campaign Organizing Game in Kentucky

Think about Kentucky and what comes to mind? Derbies and Appalachia? Louisville and Bourbon County? Historic Civil War battles and rolling horse farms? 
 
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Arizona at a Flashpoint

Once again this weekend, the nation’s attention focused on Arizona. And not for a good reason.

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Change in the Show-Me State

Sometimes you see change in the outcome of an election. Sometimes you see change in the thousands who gather for a rally at the steps of a state capitol. And sometimes you see change in a crowded conference room in Columbia, MO. 

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Hey, Thanks CREDO Members!

How do you win an election the Wellstone Way? Person by person, vote by vote. So, how does Wellstone Action raise money? Person by person, vote by vote.

CREDO recently announced it will donate over $50,000 dollars to Wellstone Action. CREDO’s decision to support us wasn’t made in the backroom by a handful of organizational leaders. No, the decision was made the Wellstone Way.

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For Hmong Farmers, By Hmong Farmers, Led By Hmong Farmers

The conference room table at the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was cluttered with papers, spreadsheets, and projectors. Around the table, three HAFA staffers peppered a farm service agency representative with questions about policies, strategies, and ways to connect more immigrant farmers to vital micro-loans to grow their businesses.
 
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