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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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  • 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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  • Selfie? Really?

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    Hello,

    Was “selfie” really the 2013 word of the year? I’ll admit to taking a few of those myself, but at Wellstone we’d like to propose a different concept for 2014: together.

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