Senior Fellow Devon Crawford, Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Humanity in Action Board member Cornell William Brooks held the first Good Trouble Lab, a virtual direct-action teach-in with leading activists and scholars of non-violent resistance, on Thursday, November 19th. Humanity in Action is delighted to have taken part in this important and timely event.
During the Good Trouble Lab, a teach-in named in the remembrance of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong commitment to activism, participants received training on how to engage in nonviolent direct action, and moreover, how activists can leverage their position and voice to effect real change. The Lab was open to anyone wondering what comes next for our democracy or how we ensure that our leaders continue to prioritize our interests and are held accountable.
The first portion of the teach-in featured a broad range of experienced professors and student advocates for social justice, with host Professor Cornell William Brooks and guests Professor Erica Chenoweth, Reverend Stephen Green, Latosha Brown, David Hogg, Eboni Nash, Malini Srikrishna, Suhaas Bhat, Treasure Brooks, and Salma Elsayed.
The second portion of the event allowed participants to take the tools they learned and apply them in smaller sessions hosted by representatives from a variety of social justice organizations, including: the ACLU, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law- James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate, the Equal Justice Initiative and Humanity in Action.
You can find more information about the speakers, resources, and the program syllabus here.