Resistance School @ Berkeley is an online, free, practical training program that puts policy and communication tools in the hands of organizers and activists working to promote fairness, equity, and inclusivity. We seek to broaden access to those tools and knowledge by connecting local and national experts with people on the front lines through purposeful, professionally-produced content.
We are a network of students and organizers, so we rely on donations in order to provide tools to those doing the hard work on the ground every day. Your support of us allows us to empower them.
This project involves inviting policy, organizer, and activist experts to present and record a total of nine skills-based trainings over the course of this academic year. We’ve been hard at work planning for this first semester, which will focus on effective communication—providing critical tactics for organizers to address and relay their issue areas to a wide audience to be more readily received, as well as, addressing some of the unspoken roadblocks in policy and advocacy. The first session will go live on Thursday, October 5, with new videos released on our website and social media platforms every other week through mid-November. For information about our speaker lineup, visit www.resistanceschoolberkeley.org!
Our fundraising goal
We need your help to produce high-quality content that will be useful and accessible to our audience. ALL $6,250 of the raised funds will go towards producing the first semester of training sessions and maintaining our digital presence. With additional support, we can facilitate the second semester of trainings and expand the engagement platforms of Resistance School @ Berkeley to host a conference, create bonus content, expand our web presence, and more.
A bit more background
Recent events have made the work of long-time organizers and activists even more vital, and people who have never organized before suddenly feel a need to take action. In spring 2017, students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government founded Resistance School to meet this growing demand for organizing training and skills. Over 10,000 people watched the first semester, and their efforts garnered national attention from places like the New York Times and CNN. In recognition of the continued need to empower progressive organizers, we founded Resistance School @ Berkeley, the first partner institution of Resistance School.
As students at a leading public University, we believe that connecting the skills we’re learning with the people who are fighting to enact sustained social change is one of the most important applications of our education. Resistance School @ Berkeley seeks to empower people and organizations working to advance just and equitable policies in our country. Throughout the semester, we will be soliciting feedback from our stakeholders and audience members via surveys and interviews and will use digital metrics in planning efforts for future semesters.
Our location in the middle of the Bay Area’s vibrant organizing community and connection to the nationwide Resistance School network gives us a unique opportunity to bridge local, state, and national efforts, and to allow groups to fill gaps and connect with each other. Organizing is inherently a collaborative process, and we recognize that groups working tirelessly to support and defend their communities don't always have the time or space for this collaboration. In addition to providing online tools, Resistance School @ Berkeley also seeks to serve as a hub for action and messaging coordination.
If you are local to the Bay, we will give you front row access to one of our Spring training sessions to have direct access to the speaker. Otherwise, we will hold a skype session with the Resistance School @ Berkeley team with you for an inside conversation. As well as, the other perks above.