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Harvard’s response to Trump? A “Resistance” training class

Protesters hold signs outside Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. where the Institute of Politics is hosting a forum featuring political strategists from the 2016 presidential election campaigns. President-elect Donald Trump advisor, Stephen K. Bannon, was on the list of those scheduled to attend, but reportedly changed his plans. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Harvard University often sets the bar for the world of academia given its pristine and stellar reputation. In the age of Trump, they’re now setting the tone for colleges and universities around the country and world in how to resist authoritarianism and tyranny through a four-week course called “Resistance School.”

On Wednesday, the first course will be taught both in-person and live-streamed around the world about anti-Trump activism, the progressive agenda, and, as they state on their site, “practical skills for taking back America.” It’s done all under the guise of education.

Resistance School was created by progressive graduate students at Harvard and includes collaborative efforts from members of the Obama, Bernie, and Hillary presidential election campaigns in addition to many other activists and community organizers.

“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?'” Shanoor Seervai, a Harvard Kennedy School student and cofounder of Resistance School, told CNN.

“On November 8, we lost more than just the presidency,” the site reads. “We lost yet more ground in the decades-long campaign against progressive values. Republicans now control the Senate, House, and more state legislatures than they have in almost 200 years. Those losses have emboldened the right to launch an all-out attack against our nation’s creed – that all are created equal.”

Their intention is to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels, and they’ll teach courses in how to communicate their values in political advocacy, mobilize their communities, build capacity for action, and how to sustain resistance in the long-term.

Classes are free for anyone inclined to sign up and start on Wednesday, April 5th.


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