Public-facing activities we invite you to join and some issues & initiatives within our community. Know of something that should be on this list?
Note: Boston C.O.M.B.A.T. meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Mass Art. More info can be found here. C.O.M.B.A.T. (Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump) is a “grassroots, intersectional coalition of students, artists and workers organizing to creatively resist all forms of oppression and transform the policies, institutions and systems which give rise to social, economic and environmental injustice.”
On Wednesdays throughout April, Harvard is hosting the “Resistance School,” whose sessions will be available online.
April 18: MIT Day of Action
April 19: November Actions Film Screening at MIT Museum. Come watch first-hand footage from filmmaker Richard Leacock detailing the antiwar protest actions that consumed the MIT campus from 1967-1972. Stay tuned for more info.
April 21-22: We the People/Hack for Democracy: Hackathon organized by MIT GOV/LAB putting our community’s skills to use to help tackle challenges that organizations like the ACLU and Let America Vote face when protecting our rights.
On April 11, we co-sponsored a teach-in with the Harvard Graduate Students Union: “Massachusetts Defies the Fugitive Slave Law.” The audio can be found here:
Coinciding with the AAAS meeting in Boston and accompanying rally for science, BBC interviewed members of the MIT community who organized the MIT Values statement on the role of the scientific community in resisting Trump’s authoritarianism.
Multiple MIT students became stranded overseas and unable to return to MIT for the spring semester because of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration. On January 29, 200 students, faculty, and staff gathered under the MIT dome in a rally organized by MIT Democrats, Solidarity MIT, and others, to show support for the students affected by the order before heading to Copley Square to join protesters rallying against the ban. (The Verge)
*update* As of February 5, 2017, five MIT community members have been able to return to campus following the travel ban! (MIT News)
Offered over MIT IAP 2017: A short course on activism, organizing, and social movements
MITtoDC: members of the MIT Community head to D.C. for counter-inaugural activities and protests (January 2017)
MIT Values: Over 600 MIT faculty, lecturers, and researchers sign a statement committing to uphold the value of science and diversity (November-December 2016)
Los Angeles Times: “Noam Chomsky, Junot Diaz and nearly 400 MIT faculty oppose Trump picks in open letter”
The Washington Post: “Scientists are really, really worried about Donald Trump”
Boston Magazine: “MIT Profs Oppose Trump Appointments, Stand Up for Science in Letter”
Inside Higher Ed: “Values for the Trump Era”
The Tech: “Over 300 faculty sign statement opposing Trump’s cabinet picks”
Breitbart: “MIT Prof Who Called Americans ‘Stupid’ Protests Bannon’s Harvard Visit”
Post-election MIT Solidarity and Values Rally (November 2016)