Political Education

Harvard’s Evolution in Organizing Education

Two years ago Sarah ElRaheb-Dagher, Marshall Ganz, Emily Lin, and Jake Waxman came together to see how we could adapt the class on Organizing that Marshall has taught for more than 20 years at Harvard. We drew on the learning from the hundreds (if not thousands) of workshops that we've developed and run in the field to see what a more "intensive" experience could bring to the Harvard classroom. Now in the 3rd iteration of this "innovation cycle", this year's MLD 377/378 included 80 participants from 37 countries. On the first weekend of the course, these 80 individuals shared [...]

2024-03-26T11:01:58-05:00March 25th, 2024|Political Education|

Five Black Organizers to Know Today

Come February, children all around the U.S. are learning the names of Black leaders like Fedrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks in school. It is certainly important to recognize the accomplishments of these individuals and their contribution to American history, but for most Americans, Black History is taught using a time capsule that all too often begins with slavery and ends after the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The version of American history which uplifts and centers Black achievements is robust and recent. Though there are many to choose from, here are just five of [...]

2022-05-26T09:31:40-05:00February 9th, 2022|Political Education|

“Eight Hours for What We Will”: The Forgotten History of Labor Day

Now that it represents big sales and the end of summer, it might surprise you that Labor Day was originally an organizers’ holiday. “Organized labor was critical in the fight against child labor and for the eight-hour workday and the New Deal, which gave us Social Security and unemployment insurance,” says Chad Broughton of The Atlantic.  What has changed between the 19th century and now? Let’s not forget the history of what is truly a celebration of working people and what we can do when we come together for a cause. What is the Meaning of Labor Day? While 1894 [...]

2022-05-26T09:31:46-05:00September 7th, 2021|Political Education|
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