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About USRESIST NEWS & Project Team


USRESIST NEWS is an information site where you can learn about current administration policies, analyses of them, and resources for those interested in taking action.

We selected nine policy domains where administration policies are being scripted: civil rights, economic policy, education, the environment, foreign policy, health, immigration, jobs and infrastructure, and entitlement programs. We also have a blog on Trump’s activities, focusing on two areas: Trump’s foreign travel and the Trump-Russia connection. Our team of News Analysts will monitor and report on policies that emanate from the White House, Congress, government agencies, and in some cases state legislatures. Several times each month we post short Policy Briefs in each of our domains. Our Policy Briefs summarize the content of each policy (including a Learn More reference to the source document), an analysis of attributes of the policy, based on expert opinion, and a list of organizations working to challenge and perhaps in some cases affirm the policy.

As a user of our site, you are invited to check back with us at the end of each week to see what new briefs have been posted. You also are invited to subscribe to our newsletter list and receive free weekly email blasts of all of our new briefs. (See the Policy Brief Mailing List button on our website for details).

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 (Project Director) at ron@usresistnews.org.




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.


Kimberly Anderson is a communications professional with an extensive education in writing, skilled in SEO, Google Analytics, various CMS, marketing strategy, social media, and online marketing. Kimberly has a strong interest in political rhetoric, media, and reporting. She has previously worked to implement strategic marketing and communications plans for academic and healthcare institutions. A native of Ithaca, NY, Kimberly is an avid hiker and podcast enthusiast.


Erin Mayer is policy analyst, political activist, and contemporary writer residing in South Florida. Soon after attending the University of Edinburgh for Human Rights Law, Erin felt a compulsory need to return home to the US South, in order to focus more energy and efforts on the radical racial tensions and political activism. Erin first discovered her passion of governance and equality while serving as her college’s class President and founding member of Sigma Alpha Pi. Her undergraduate studies at The New School of New York, in International Relations were centered around law and historical, international genocides. Erin has been published by numerous other publications, specifically Afro-Centric, Nu Origins Magazine. In the Spring of 2019 Erin will attend the SOAS for a Masters Degree in International Diplomacy. She hopes to continue to accelerate her career in equality and justice for citizens everywhere.

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 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.


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 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 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 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 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


I am a freelance policy analyst, opinion writer, and free trade advocate from South Louisiana, who graduated from Penn State University in the field of International Political Economy. I have researched and written extensively on issues involving economics, trade, and foreign policy. I also write, manage, and operate my own political blog at gwaynesworld.com. In my free time, I enjoy developing websites and spending time with my family and friends


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.


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.​


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.


Colin Shanley is a writer, activist, and student currently working on his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is passionate about promoting the growing youth movement fighting for equality, justice, and anti-imperialism. When not studying, working, or writing for USRESIST he can most often be found with a book.


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