I was on a bus to D.C. to protest the Iraq war with other students from Carleton College when I heard that the Wellstones had died. We felt we had lost one of the few people who was holding the torch for peace in government. The protest was in some ways a memorial service for us-- a rite that allowed us to do something with our grief and affirm our commitment to Senator ...
Has it already been 10 years? And still my eyes tear and well up at the thought that Paul and Sheila are no longer with us. In those 10 years, I liked to think I have continued in the best of the Wellstone tradition to fight for social and economic justice--particularly for family farmers. We lost one of our best and most prophetic voices for rural America. Now I'm in Iowa ...
I never had the pleasure of meeting the Wellstone's but found it interesting that the day after I had completed the training in Detroit, MI this year, I heard his name referenced by Joan Walsh on one of the MSNBC morning programs.
Citizen Activism, Advocacy & Organizing training taken January 13 to 15, 2012. Great training!
If you are committed to making non-violent change, then politics has to be at the very center of your organizing. That's just how it is. And if you want to win, you'll find no better partner than the trainers, thinkers and organizers at Wellstone Action. Personally, I find winning preferable to the alternative, and our long-term partnership with Wellstone has helped us build the independent political organization and power that we believe is essential to saving this country that we love.
The skills and strategies I learned through Wellstone Action gave me the confidence I needed to take that next step, to continue on this path toward public service – and to believe that I could actually win”
Wellstone brings a level of intentionality around impact, and a sophisticated understanding of the political climate in which our grantees work. They help our groups understand their role in the broader progressive ecosystem and have transformed them – through core skills training, strategy, metrics, and time-tested best practices – from making small-scale change to really commanding the margins.
Molly Schultz Hafid
Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock