Today, July 21, 2011 would have been the 67th birthday of Senator Paul Wellstone, who was the strongest and most passionate progressive voice that we have had in D.C. in a long time. Tragically, Senator Wellstone died in a plane crash in 2002, only a few weeks after he had given a powerful speech on the Senate floor denouncing President Bush’s bloodthirsty push to invade Iraq. While Wellstone’s death is extremely sad, it is safe to say that Paul would not want us to mourn. Instead, he’s want us to organize and fight for our progressive values.
The good news it that Wellstone’s legacy continues to inspire the movement for economic, social, and political change. The Wellstone Action organization that was created in the Senator’s honor trains hundreds of progressive leaders in how to run true grassroots campaigns. And he has motivated the activism of numerous organizers and political candidates, such as Ilya Sheyman, the exciting progressive Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 10th District, who Winning Progressive interviewed here.
The video below is a powerful tribute to Senator Wellstone. Watch it to get inspired, and then honor Senator Wellstone’s progressive legacy by getting involved!