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  • Part 1: Gutting the Voting Rights Act: How the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision Strikes at the Heart of Voting Rights and Our Political Process

    Editor’s Note: There’s nothing more fundamental to our democracy than protecting the rights of every voter. At Wellstone Action, we work with organizations who are dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights for every American. This is work that is going to be a growing focus of ours in 2014 and beyond. Along with partnering with civic organizations across the country to strengthen our democracy and fight back against anti-democracy policies, we are proud to have an incredible group of trainers working as part of this fight.

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  • A Graduation Gift

    Camp Wellstone alumna, Megan Arsenault, first caught our attention on Twitter. Just a few days before we were kicking off our annual Madison training, Megan tweeted her excitement to be headed to the cheese head state to attend the campaign track.

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  • Hey Progressives! It’s Time We Return Ballot Measures to Their Progressive Roots.

    For decades, conservatives have used ballot measures to push their broad agenda: starving public services, defunding and privatizing education, restricting access for women’s health, undermining voters’ rights, banning marriage equality, and gutting worker protections are just a few “successes” that conservative interests have achieved through their successful navigation of the ballot measure process over the past 40 years.

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  • Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.

    Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a big fan of Friday Night Lights and its motivational mantra,  “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts.  Can’t Lose.”  

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  • Strengthening Democracy

    What could be more fundamental than the right of every American to vote?

    Yet we know the goal of a fully inclusive democracy is far from our grasp. The lines at the polls are too long, voting rights are too limited, and the doors for decision makers are too often shut to the rest of us.

    Across the country, the work for a stronger democracy is championed by State Voices. They empower state networks, or “tables,” of civic engagement groups with the resources, trainings, and capacity-building skills they need to engage more Americans in our democratic process.

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  • The Changing Present

    The demographics of the United States are changing: Today, 30% of Americans identify as a minority and by 2050, we’ll be a majority-minority country.

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  • Photo credit: Daniel Yang

    “The Original Community Organizers”

                                                                                                            (Photo credit: Daniel Yang )

    The continued challenges that tribal nations face when it comes to protecting their sovereignty in relationship with the United States government were well illustrated recently as Congress debated reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Back in 1994, Sheila Wellstone helped lead the movement to pass the original version of the law. And in 2013, its reauthorization provided an opportunity to strengthen the law.

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