About USRENEW NEWS & Project Team
About USRENEW NEWS
USRENEW NEWS is the direct descendent of USRESIST NEWS –a digital news service that was started in 2016 shortly after Donald Trump was elected President. Its initial mission was to serve as a digital news service that could provide its readers with short but insightful fact-based briefs about Trump administration policies and the organizations working to push back on them.
Some 4 years later the election of 2020 has resulted in a defeat for President Trump and the selection of the Democratic leadership team of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This is a welcome change, one that we hope will pull America out of the mire of chaos, hatred and division that has characterized the administration of President Trump.
Starting March 1, 2021 USRESIST NEWS changed its name to USRENEW NEWS. We made this decision because now that President Biden has been elected and President Trump is gone our mission to help defeat Trump and provide news and analysis of his mostly bad policies is no longer relevant.
We also no longer feel comfortable being identified as a “resistance organization “ since that could associate us with a number of bad actors on the political scene.
Our new name -USRENEW NEWS—reflects our belief that America is at a crossroads; that our country urgently needs to renew its democracy. We need political leadership and public policies and programs to deal with the crisis that our nation faces in areas such as the pandemic and healthcare, racial, gender, and wealth inequalities, immigration, environmental degradation and climate change; important areas neglected by the Trump administration.
We are guardedly hopeful that the Biden administration and progressive leaders in the House and Senate can help address these issues. We see our mission as serving as a critical friend to them, acknowledging when they do the right thing and calling them out when they go off course. We also will continue to call out those organizations and people that spread lies and disinformation intended to divide America.
Our goal as a digital news service remains providing you with the most insightful news analysis regarding today’s public policies. Your support is critical to our work in this period of transition. Please click this DONATE button and make a contribution of whatever amount you feel comfortable giving.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we can make our policy briefs and our website better. We also welcome expressions of interest from other organizations that would like to partner with use. Please contact Ron Israel (Managing Editor) at email@example.com.
USRESIST NEWS Project Team
RON ISRAEL, PROJECT DIRECTOR
Ron Israel is a leader in the field of human capacity development and education, both in the formal and non formal sectors. He formerly headed Education Development Center’s (EDC) International Development Division. He has worked with groups of scholars and teachers from countries around the world, facilitating projects within a broad array of cultural settings. He has more than 20 years of consulting and project management experience in the fields of education, health, the environment, democracy and civil society programs, and has consulted for clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank.
ERIN MCNEMAR, HEALTH AND GENDER POLICY ANALYST
Erin McNemar is writer and advocate based out of Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. from Keene State College where she studied journalism and political science. During college, she worked as the Managing Executive Editor for the school newspaper. Currently, Erin is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Merrimack College. Erin is passionate about public policy concerning healthcare, women’s rights, education and environment justice.
SHANNON Q. ELLIOT, ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYST
Shannon is a policy writer with a pre-law degree from Husson University. Studying under astute legal minds in Maine, her coursework consisted of constitutional analysis, logical reasoning, and navigating the complex structure of the American justice system. She joined U.S Resist in February of 2020, focused on submitting pieces that highlight how governmental policies shape environmental law. Shannon currently resides near the Maine coast with her husband, young son, and their pup. She is an active member of the community, who enjoys skiing, playing golf, and cherishes time spent with family and friends
KATHRYN BARON, IMMIGRATION NEWS ANALYST
Kathryn Baron is a recent graduate of Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Affairs where she received her BA in International Relations. She is anticipating pursuing her Master’s in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law in the fall of 2019 at NYU. Currently based in New York City, Kathryn also interns at Human Rights Foundation and has been writing immigration briefs for USResistNews since July 2018.
TAYLOR J SMITH, HEALTHCARE NEWS ANALYST
Taylor J Smith is a human rights advocate based out of Boston, MA. She is a recent graduate from the University of Nottingham, England, where she completed her MA in International Law, Security & Terrorism. Taylor J’s passions lie in human rights advocacy, international justice and conflict resolution. After relocating back to Boston, she currently spends her time assisting refugees and asylum seekers at the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights and interning with the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights. In her limited spare time, Taylor J also weight lifts and plays basketball.
KATHERINE CART ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS ANALYST
Katherine Cart has worked in commercial fisheries for the last five years. In Alaska’s Prince William Sound, she was involved in the technical management of salmon hatcheries, before beginning fisheries data collection on Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska commercial fishing vessels. Now, in her home-state of Maine, she works as a lobsterwoman out of Bailey Island. In her land time, she writes about the intersection of industry and marine water.
TODD BROADMAN ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS ANALYST
Todd writes from his perch in northern Idaho where he has resided since the year 2000. After graduating from the Thunderbird School of International Management in 1985, he masqueraded as a corporate executive in the data communications industry and oversaw projects in China, Hong Kong, India, and England. His “soul work” was spent with Hospice and Special Olympics. The deepest connections in his life are the natural world and his two children. Since 2012, his passion to further understand how the globe’s gears turn has fueled his Op-Ed newspaper columns, and now, USResist Policy Briefs..
CHARLES RUBIN TECHNOLOGY NEWS ANALYST
Charles Rubin is a systems engineer and architect who has been working in the Information Technology sector since 1977. His specialty is end user security and adaptive technologies. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
ISIS KENNEY EMAIL MARKETING SPECIALIST
Isis Kenney is an experienced fine artist, creative director, and communications professional turned entrepreneur.
Isis has worked for various media outlets, educational institutions, non-for-profits along with New York City and State Organizations.
Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and private collections.
She currently works as a Creative Director, while also producing high-quality content and designs for multiple businesses and online platforms.
JACOB MORTON, ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS ANALYST
Jacob Morton has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since undergrad, he has been working in farm management for various small, diverse, organic farms in California and Hawaii. Jacob now lives in Maine where he is pursuing a graduate degree in Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Southern Maine. Jacob believes many of the solutions to a healthier planet and healthier people reside in our ability to plan and design with the understanding that everything is connected in some way. His current goals are to work with city planners to design cities and communities that contribute to carbon sequestration and the production of local food. Jacob loves to surf, cook, garden and spend time with his dog.
WILLIAM BOURQUE ELECTION NEWS ANALYST
William Bourque is a writer and student at American University who is currently working on a B.A in Political Science and a B.A in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. Will hails from Portland, Maine, and is passionate about his writing as well as his cooking. Will has worked with a variety of congressional campaigns and has experience working with candidates for the house and senate. When not writing, Will enjoys watching sports, walking his dogs, and playing ultimate frisbee at American University
ERIKA SHANNON POLICING NEWS ANALYST
Erika Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University. Erika was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where she currently resides. She worked as a writing tutor at her university and was also actively involved in the Organizing for America grassroots campaign for Barack Obama in 2012. Erika also has past involvement with service organizations, such as Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation. Her future goals are to obtain a master’s degree in public policy and disaster policy. When not reading or writing, Erika enjoys spending time with her daughter, exploring nature with her dog, or cooking.
ZACK HUFFMAN LEGAL NEWS ANALYST
Zack Huffman is a reporter who lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He writes for Dig Boston, and has previously reported for Courthouse News, the Boston Courant and the Boston Bulletin. His work has also appeared in Vice and Mental Floss.
LAURA PLUMMER POLICING NEWS ANALYST
Laura Plummer is a bilingual journalist and writer from Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire, where her research centered largely on women in Latin America. After graduating, she worked for five years as a case manager serving some of Boston’s most vulnerable populations. She then obtained her teaching license and spent a number of years inside the classroom. Witnessing overburdened schools and social service agencies made her a more informed journalist, as well as an advocate for change. Read more of her bylines at lauraplummer.me.
LILY COOK ECONOMICS NEWS ANALYST
Lily Lady Cook studied history for her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College and obtained her Master’s degree in Global Studies at University of California, Berkeley. Lily is interested in labor movements, economic injustice and urban policy. She resides in New York City. In her free time she does crosswords and watches baseball.
ROD MAGGAY, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS ANALYST
Rod Maggay is an attorney and a social activist. Rod is originally from Southern California and attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations. He also attended Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California where he earned his J.D. and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Rod formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division and the Securities & Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) in the Division of Enforcement. Rod is a former rugby player who enjoys international literature and watching college sports and is always looking for ways to stay active and on the move.
WILL SOLOMON, FOREIGN POLICY NEWS ANALYST
Will Solomon is a writer, musician, and farmer living in New York State. His interests include ecology, domestic politics, culture, and foreign affairs.
JUSTIN LEE, HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCE POLICY NEWS ANALYST
Justin Lee is a professional within the biopharmaceutical industry and currently residing in the San Francisco bay area. Justin has a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Davis and a MBA from Golden Gate University. His professional career spans across life sciences, including the tissue donation and biopharmaceutical industries and academic state research hospitals.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time outdoors.