Students at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University have launched the ‘Resistance School,’ a free, four-week course in anti-Trump progressive activism.
Session one’s, “How to Communicate our Values in Political Advocacy,” with Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy has been released to the public.
During the introduction of Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an unidentified woman delivered these remarks regarding the motivation for creating the Resistance School.
Referencing the November 8, 2016, presidential election, she says, “Around four in the morning, we peeled ourselves off the couch — some of us, off the floor. We took a deep breath and decided to head home and try to get just a couple of hours of sleep after what had been a very long day.”
“But, we couldn’t sleep. Like so many of you, my friends and I woke up on November 9th just devastated. We couldn’t shake this deep feeling — almost [an] existential feeling — of sadness, of bewilderment, and of anger.”
“And so, like so many of you, we turned to each other for direction. We began to meet weekly, in what really felt like therapy. And, as we talked more, it became very clear that we were mourning something much bigger than the presidency. We were mourning the upheaval against our core progressive values…”
“We’ve each witnessed how different communities have gotten the short end of the stick time after time, and that’s not just due to policies coming out of the White House. It’s because of regressive conservative policies taking place in a red sea of state legislatures and city councils all across this country.”
To hear her full remarks, check out the video below.
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