How to Sustain the Resistance Long-Term


Below you will find a selection of readings handpicked by our Session Four speaker, New York Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake.

All of the readings have been selected by the session’s speaker and do not reflect policy positions of the Resistance School.

Full Session Four Syllabus


God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

Wallis discusses the role of religion in politics and explores the disconnect between Right and Left framings. Critiquing the approaches of both camps, Wallis offers a vision for incorporating religious and moral values into movements for social and political change. The final chapter (posted here) discusses how to move past cynicism and into hopeful, deep connections with others.

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The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans

A large portion of Middle Class America lives paycheck to paycheck, struggling privately while outwardly projecting financial stability. This article explores the prevalence of financial impotence and the underlying economic trends. Gabler argues that financial impotence and fear of failure "diminish our national spirit." Perhaps by acknowledging these hidden financial struggles, Americans can begin to articulate a new vision for the future.


Culture of Opportunity: How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption

Mark Monchek describes what it means to create a culture of opportunity in any group and how leaders can help move organizations to the next level. Now on pre-order, the book will be published in May.


All the Way, HBO film on LBJ and MLK

All the Way documents the process of passing the Civil Rights Act and offers insight into the internal workings of politics at the highest level. The film tells the story of Lyndon Johnson's first year as President, exploring his struggles to address the interests of both the Southern Democratic Party and the Civil Rights Movement, and details Martin Luther King, Jr's struggle to hold together the multiple elements of the Movement in the campaign to pass the historic legislation.