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A Data-Driven Future

Earlier this month, 56 organizers from across the country gathered in Baltimore for Data BootCamp – a six-day intensive training designed to further the skills of those working in (or transitioning to) data-related positions that fuel progressive campaigns.
 
They came from a diversity of backgrounds and a variety of causes to unite around a common passion for data-driven strategy. Now, with new skills, expanded networks, and amplified passions, they are ready to take our movement to the next level.
 
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A Huge Thank You to Our Data BootCamp Team!

This month's Data BootCamp was the first of several crucial trainings that are new to Wellstone this year as part of our commitment to continue the work of New Organizing Institute.

Data BootCamp was a six-day intensive training for those working in (or transitioning to) data-related positions in the progressive movement. When we say intense, we really mean it. The 56 trainees worked long and HARD, and walked away with an arsenal of new and improved skills from VAN to SQL to GIS and so much more.

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Update - Camp Wellstone: Online

I wanted to give you an update on Camp Wellstone: Online.

Earlier this month, we launched our new online learning program, and over the past two weeks over 130 people from 24 states (and Canada!) have joined us for our online classroom on running, and winning, as a progressive candidate.

Camp Wellstone: Online is one of the most important new initiatives we’ve started this year. And we could only launch it because of support from donors like you..

As one participant said after the last session:

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Why I’m Missing Pikete

I spent the second weekend in April at Camp Wellstone Seattle, training organizers to build power, mobilize supporters, and win progress. And then on Monday instead of getting on a plane back to my home in Chicago, I headed to DC.

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Wellstone at #Fight4AFuture

When over 120 young organizers in the movement to stop gun violence met in Chicago over a recent weekend, it was a time to come together, to envision a path forward, and gain new skills to win progress down that path.

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Joining the Battle with UTLA

“We’re in the middle of a battle here,” began Alex Caputo-Pearl, the President of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to a group of a few dozen staff of America’s second-largest teachers union local.  “It’s going to get more intense. That’s why it’s so important that Wellstone’s here: we’ll win with concrete strategies for mapping out schools to support members as they step up and become leaders.” 
 
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Our Party at PhlatPhile in LA: Top Five Things You Missed

Recently, I helped plan a big party for Wellstone at an awesome gallery in LA. We packed the space with over 50 friends, old and new. Since not everyone could make it to LA, or battle the traffic, here’s a recap of the top five things you missed. 
 
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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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Kicking off Alumni Engagement in 2015!

Recently, we welcomed our newest group of alumni into the Wellstone Action family at an event after our annual Twin Cities Camp Wellstone. The newest class of campers were joined by alumni from past Camps, by a few of our Wellstone Organizing Fellows, and by many more friends and supporters. Alumni were able to network, swap stories, and share what they have been up to since their Wellstone training.

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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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