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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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