Harvard students launch 4-week course on Trump resistance

by Itunuoluwa Adebo
Students at Harvard on Wednesday, resumed the first day of Resistance School , a 4-week course in anti-Trump activism created by progressive students at the university’s Kennedy School of Government.
Through four in-person and live-streamed sessions, followed by interactive homework assignments, organizers of the program say they hope to train activists “to strengthen the skills they need to take collective action and effectively resist the Trump agenda.”

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 Shanoor Seervai, a student at Harvard’s Kennedy School and one of the co-founders of Resistance School explained that Resistance School started with a couple of students chatting with a couple of professors, having a sense of outrage and despair and beginning to feel overwhelmed and exhausted with the question of ‘What are we going to do after the election?'”
The program’s website lists sessions with titles like “How to Communicate our Values in Political Advocacy” and “How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action.” So far, organizers say they have about 3,000 groups “representing over 10,000 people” registered for their first class.

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Speakers include professors, the current DNC vice chair and an Obama For America alum, but they say they don’t have any formal partnerships with other progressive or Democratic institutions yet.
The organizers of the program didn’t expect the level of interest they’ve received and seem to still be grappling with questions about scale. Questions like how will people communicate with each other? What happens after the fourth week? How will they keep track of impact? are still being figured out.  For now, school is in session.

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