- The Washington Times
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A group of Harvard graduate students has launched a “Resistance School” for activists who want to combat President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Distraught professors and students at the elite Cambridge university met in the wake of Mr. Trump’s election victory in November 2016 to discuss their reactions. From those meetings “Resistance School” was born, which will include four in-person and live-streamed sessions for activists.

“On November 8, we lost more than just the presidency,” the group’s website says. “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.

Sessions include:

  • Communicate our values in political advocacy.
  • Mobilize and organize our communities.
  • Structure and build capacity for action.
  • Sustain the resistance long-term.

Shanoor Seervai, a student at Harvard’s Kennedy School, spoke with CNN on Monday to further explain the group’s mission. 

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 student said.

The group current boasts more than 4000 groups from 6 continents who are registered for the first session.

“Some are coming with groups of 700 people, some are smaller groups, potlucks, gathering in people’s kitchens,” Ms. Seervai added.

The first session begins Wednesday.

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