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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Camp Wellstone coming back to Seattle

Camp Wellstone, the signature training program put on by Wellstone Action, is coming back to Seattle this March - and registration is now open. Here's a brief summary of what the training is about:
Camp Wellstone is a training program that teaches progressives how to win on issues and elect good candidates. We use a distinctive approach to politics, based on Paul Wellstone's success at integrating grassroots organizing, electoral organizing, progressive public policy and ethical leadership.

The training is highly interactive, combining exercises, lectures, and simulations over the course of 2.5 days. Camp runs Friday from 2:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am-3:00pm. We keep you busy the whole time! The exact location of each camp will be announced in the coming weeks.

Camp Wellstone is divided into three tracks:
  • Candidate track. This is for people who have made the decision to run for office.
  • Campaign track. This track focuses on how to be an effective staff or volunteer member of a winning progressive campaign.
  • Citizen activist track. For people interested in citizen lobbying, issue advocacy, and community organizing, this track provides skills in how to win on issues.
The cost is $100 or just $50 for students, low-income, or unemployed participants.
NPI strongly recommends this training for any progressive who hasn't yet experienced it. It is perhaps the most invigorating, inspiring, and innovative training for left wing activists that exists. You'll come away from the camp empowered and excited to work for change.

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