A group of graduate students at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government have created a “Resistance School” for training progressive activists to combat President Donald Trump’s agenda.
What started out as a few post-inauguration conversations between friends about Trump’s rise to power evolved into a four-week series of free political advocacy and grassroots mobilization workshops scheduled throughout April.
“We were trying to figure out what we wanted to do with the political energy and activism that we were seeing in this country,” said Shanoor Seervai, a second-year public policy student and one of the group’s 11 co-founders. “We sort of came up with doing something that was really focused on skill-based training to sustain our movement.”
Members of the Resistance School, which is entirely student-run and has no official affiliation with Harvard, have light-heartedly compared the group to “Dumbledore’s Army,” a reference to the “Harry Potter” series and its collective of wizarding students who meet in secret to practice fighting dark magic.
“It came up as a joke, and I think something about our logo feels Harry Potter-esque,” said Yasmin Radjy, another co-founder and second-year public policy student. “If it engages more people, we’re happy with it.”
At least 5,000 groups from six continents and all 50 states have signed up for Resistance School, according to the group’s Facebook page, which has amassed more than 4,500 followers.
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