Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist, has canceled a trip to Harvard this week after students and activist groups from around Massachusetts launched plans to protest his visit.
The Crimson, a Harvard student-run newspaper, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Bannon's schedule had changed, but protest organizers have no plans to cancel.
"Bannon cancels! Major success! Keep it up--protest is on! Tomorrow let's show all the rest of the facilitators of the Trump agenda they're wrong and unwelcome," an organizer wrote on the protest Facebook page.
Bannon and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway were both confirmed attendees for a Harvard Institute of Politics event, “Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016,” a two-day conference held at the Kennedy School of Government, the student run newspaper The Crimson reported.
Over 1,000 people have indicated via Facebook they would attend the protest planned outside the school from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. More than 8,000 have been invited.
The conference, which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, has been held after every presidential election since 1972.
Conway will sit on a panel on Thursday opposite Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.
Bannon, a 1985 graduate of Harvard Business School, was not listed as a speaker. He is one of the founders of Breitbart News, a far-right news and opinion site affiliated with the “alt-right” movement.
“Trump brought racist ideologues into the mainstream. By treating this situation as normal, Harvard is normalizing what Bannon stands for. We do not accept hate and bigotry as normal or legitimate,” the Facebook event description reads.
Organizers have called on protesters to demonstrate peacefully.
More than 3,300 students have also signed onto an open letter to University President Drew Faust, according to The Crimson.
In response to Bannon’s planned visit to Cambridge, faculty at MIT are also speaking out against the White House advisor’s views.
More than 300 professors from multiple departments have signed a letter reaffirming their commitment to science and diversity.
“The president-elect has appointed individuals to positions of power who have endorsed racism, misogyny and religious bigotry, and denied the widespread scientific consensus on climate change. Regardless of our political views, these endorsements violate principles at the core of MIT’s mission,” the letter states.