Harvard Offers Anti-Trump “Resistance School”

[Health-care activists in front of Trump International Hotel | Circa March 2017 | Photo: Manel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images]
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It appears Ivy League Harvard University hates President Trump so much they’re offering a course on how to “resist” him and other supposed bad guys.

[“RESIST” banner found on Harvard University’s website | Art: Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia]
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government students conceptualized this anti-Trump “resistance school,” which is a four-week study in progressive activism—completely free to students (at any school). Registration can be done either at Harvard or online no matter your location on Earth. The course’s creators expect it to provide “the skills [activists] need to take collective action and effectively resist the Trump agenda.” (Almost any art school already offers this at the social level; no course necessary.)

According to the school’s website, “Our goal is to keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action.” (Again, art schools are ultimately cheaper if that’s what you’re looking for.)

Resistance School students are privy to the following sessions: “How to Communicate Our Values in Political Advocacy,” “How to Sustain the Resistance Long-Term” and “How to Mobilize and Organize Our Communities”—former-OFA Executive Director Jon Carson teaches the latter.

“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?’” Harvard student and co-founder Shanoor Seervai explained to the media.

The activism effort prefers group registration (rather than an individual person signing up). “Some are coming with groups of 700 people; some are smaller groups, potlucks, gathering in people’s kitchens,” Seervai said. “Resistance” founders said they’ve acquired 3,000 groups thus far—“representing over 10,000 people.” (Because that’s nothing like a cult in the guise of academia.)


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