by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A group of Harvard graduate students are starting a “resistance school” to oppose President Donald Trump.
The grad students, who consider themselves a progressive version of “Dumbledore’s Army,” have enlisted former Obama staffers to teach the class sessions. The syllabus includes readings on “Black-Palestinian Queer Reciprocal Solidarity.”
“On November 8, we lost more than just the presidency,” the website for the free online course 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.”
“Like so many Americans, the election moved us—a group of progressive graduate students at Harvard—to ask ourselves: How can we most effectively fight Trump’s agenda?” the students continue. “What we came up with: Resistance School.”
The “school” involves four in-person lectures that will be live streamed to local “resistance” groups around the country during the month of April.
The goal of the course is to “keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action.”
The students organizing the course, which was first reported by CNN, promised a syllabus that “you’ll actually read.”
Readings for the first session, “How to Communicate our Values in Political Advocacy,” includes essays on Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, and the “intersectionality” of “Black and Palestinian Queer Struggles.”