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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 ron@usresistnews.org.


Present Staff

Ron Israel

Managing Editor

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.

Anora Morton, J.D.

Health & Gender Policy Analyst

Anora is a Kentucky native with a Doctorates of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She enjoys writing about politics, racial and gender disparities, and criminal reform.

Brandon Mooney

Foreign Policy Analyst

Information to Come.

Christopher Quinn

Technology Analyst

Marketing leader with a proven track record of delivering growth through clear, focused strategies in Digital Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Advertising. He focuses on Business to Business and Business to Consumer marketing and advertising campaigns that drive new customer acquisition. He has traveled internationally for the last few years while working remotely.

Erika Shannon

Social Justice 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.

Health & Gender Policy Analyst

Geoff Small is a recent graduate of UMass Boston’s Master of Public Policy and Administration Program. Currently living in Massachusetts, Geoff also works for a Medicaid funded organization called Adult Foster Care of the North Shore, where he serves individuals in his community with disabilities living in a caregiver’s home. Aside from spending over a decade in the health care and social services field, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children in the City of Gloucester.

Ibrahim Sultan

Foreign Policy Analyst / Email Marketing Specialist

Ibrahim Sultan is a foreign policy analyst and Latin America researcher with a Bachelors degree in International Relations, a minor in Political Science, and certificates of study in Latin American and South Asian studies from Florida International University. He is anticipating pursuing a Masters Degree in International Development in fall 2021 at the University of London. His research areas of focus include U.S. foreign policy, Latin America, neoliberalism, and nationalism.

Jacob Morton

Environmnetal 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.

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.

Lynn Waldsmith

Education News Analyst

Lynn Waldsmith is a semi-retired writer, editor and educator. She taught English and journalism to high school students for 15 years after spending the majority of her career as a professional writer, including 7 years as a reporter for The Detroit News. Her freelance articles have been published in numerous national, regional and local publications, including: Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Education Week, Teacher Magazine, The Ann Arbor Observer, Crain’s Detroit Business and more. She was also senior editor of Corporate Detroit Magazine and has worked in broadcast journalism and for a public relations agency. She earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. Lynn and her husband live in Plymouth, Michigan. Lynn enjoys spending time with her family, biking, golf, travel and gardening.

Mindy Spatt

Technology Policy Analyst

Mindy Spatt is a published essayist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the San Francisco Chronicle and Lambda Book Report.  She has also worked as an indexer and legal editor at California Continuing Education of the Bar, and as Communications Chief for a  statewide nonprofit advocating for fair energy and telecom policies.   She received her BA from the State University of New York and holds a law degree from Antioch School of Law/DC University.

Reilly Fitzgerald

Foreign Policy Analyst

Reilly Fitzgerald is a licensed public school teacher in the state of Maine in World Languages and Social Studies and has taught in all grades ranging from 5th to 12th. Reilly has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Maine, and is working on completing a Masters of Science in Education (MSEd) degree at the University of Southern Maine. He worked, prior to teaching, as a physical security planner and emergency preparedness consultant.  He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. He is an avid skier, and endurance sports enthusiast. Reilly lives in Augusta, Maine, with his wife and stepkids.

Roarke Cullenbine

Environmental / Politics Policy Analyst

Roarke Cullenbine is a current JD Candidate at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law hosted in Baltimore, Maryland. Coming from San Jose, California, Roarke has additionally lived in Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, having great influence on his interests in US domestic policy. Roarke earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Criminology from the University of Utah, with additional minors in Peace & Conflict Studies, Sociology, and Political Science. At the University of Utah, Roarke co-authored a study titled “Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Drug-Related Offenses and Illicit Drug Use in Washington State: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis with a Combination of Synthetic Controls”, published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology led by Dr. Guangzhen Wu from the Department of Sociology. At Maryland Carey Law, Roarke is pursuing his interests in criminal litigation and cybersecurity.

Rodney A. Maggay

Civil Rights News Analyst – Senior Writer

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.

Rosalind Gottfried

Economics Analyst

Information to Come.

Ryan Campbell

Policy Analyst

Ryan Campbell is an attorney with several years of human rights law and public policy advocacy experience.  After volunteering in the Libertas Human Rights Clinic at Elmhurst Hospital, CUNY’s International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, researching indigenous environmental rights in Ecuador and graduating CUNY School of Law, Ryan worked on asylum cases in a human rights clinic at a nonprofit, the Council of Peoples Organization, in his current home of Brooklyn, NY. Ryan is the co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition, an immigrant rights advocacy organization, and author of Chasing Romney: How Mitt Romney Lost the Latino Vote. He wrote this while staying on the couches of undocumented immigrants and advocating for the DREAM Act on the 2012 election trail.  Ryan has written for The Hill and The Huffington Post, and currently works in immigration law. In his spare time, Ryan practices linguistics, tends his garden and trains in mixed martial arts. 

Scout Burchill

Technology Analyst

Scout Burchill is a writer and educator based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Originally from the Boston area, he left for Santa Fe, New Mexico to study the Great Books curriculum at St John’s College. He is currently a Master’s student at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey where he studies International Relations with a specialization in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East and a focus on populism and social media. He enjoys writing about tech issues from a global perspective and aims to illuminate shifting attitudes toward technology companies as well as the ways these companies shape our modern societies and lives. 

Todd J. 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.

Timothy T. Loftus, Ph.D.

Environmental News Analyst

Tim Loftus is an environmental geographer having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forestry and a doctorate in Geography from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Tim served ten years with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning where he managed the Environment and Natural Resources staff and directed various water resource planning projects. Most recently, he served as Professor of Practice in Geography and the inaugural Meadows Endowed Chair in Water Conservation at Texas State University where he enjoyed teaching, doing research, and mentoring graduate students. Tim is currently a free-lance environmental writer living in Austin, Texas. He enjoys being immersed in nature while hiking, paddling, RVing, and exploring.     

Yelena Korshunov

Multinews Analyst

Yelena Korshunov is a Ukraine-born educator and journalist. She earned her academic degrees in education, linguistics, and journalism overseas and in the United States. She lived and worked in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today Yelena is an assistant principal at the school for children with special needs in New York, US. She publishes developmental workbooks and creates curricula for early childhood education. Yelena is also a founder and president of LAMAD/Brilliant Kids NYC. She has a sincere passion for education, advocating for teachers and students, traveling, and promoting a healthy lifestyle for kids and adults.

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.

Previous Contributors

Adrian Cole

Enivornmental / Foreign Policy Analyst

Adrian Cole is a native of the United Kingdom, but has lived in the US for several decades. He currently resides on an island in Maine’s Casco Bay. He has a background in Middle Eastern Studies and has worked in think tanks in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, MA. His writing has appeared in literary journals such as the New England Review, and news blogs such as informedcomment.com, and his world history college text book, The Thinking Past, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. 

Ailín Goode

Foreign Policy Analyst

Ailín Goode is a published author and digital copywriter with an extensive writing background which includes: independent journalism, marketing, content strategy, and creative writing. They graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s in journalism and a second major in political science with a focus on international relations. They are passionate about language, culture, and social issues (particularly LGBTQIA+ rights) and have worked in activism. They are a digital nomad with a love of travel, photography, and music.

Avery Roe

Foreign Policy Analyst

Avery Roe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Butler University and currently resides in Washington DC. She has experience in state government, communications, and international relations. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, watching sports, and playing chess. 

Charles A. 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.

Erik Pillar

Technology Analyst

Erik Pillar graduated in 2019 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, and previously worked as a freelance journalist and writer after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Erik has experience as a writing tutor, in marketing, and is a strong advocate for social justice in news media and fact-based coverage. Erik lives in the United States Mid-West and enjoys life reading, writing fantasy and science fiction on the side, and spoiling his two cats.

Foreign Policy Analyst

Information to Come.

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.

Henry Lenard

Technology Analyst

Henry Lenard has decades of experience as an editor and reporter. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, he was editor-in-chief of Industry Net, a nationally focused print and online industrial news publication, and is a former editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Business Times. More recently, he was the Pittsburgh correspondent for Boston, MA-based Robotics Business Review. Henry received his B.A. in journalism from Duquesne University.

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.

Justin Lee

Health & 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.

Katelyn Lewis

Environmental News Analyst

Katelyn Lewis earned a Bachelor’s degree in multiplatform journalism as well as a minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Maryland in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked at CNN and U.S. News & World Report, where she primarily focused her reporting on addiction, mental health, and environmental health for the Healthiest Communities team. In July 2020, she launched her marketing company Alonzee Productions, where she uses her compelling storytelling skills through photography, videography, and writing to share businesses, organizations, and people’s stories. Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys traveling, cooking, running, spending time outdoors, and playing with her pup, Albus. 

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.

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 Lady 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.

Randy Wyrick

Foreign News Analyst

With 45 years in journalism and too many awards to count, Randy Wyrick is too old slam dunk, but too young to have made the Nixon Enemies List.

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

Siam Bhimji

Health & Gender Policy Analyst

S Bhimji is a graduate in the health sciences with a post graduate degree in Pharmacology. He has done extensive research on the detection of counterfeit prescription drugs.

Taylor J. Smith

Health & Gender 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.

Tyler-Joesph Ballard

Economic Policy Analyst

Tyler Ballard is a lifelong resident of Vermont committed to American politics. He graduated from Brown University in the Spring of 2021 with his Master’s of Arts in Political Science. He is heavily involved in local, state, and federal politics, having worked on gubernatorial and local legislative campaigns and briefly serving as the Chief of Staff for a 2024 Presidential candidate. His research on state elections as an undergraduate student was a topic of interest for Vermont Public Radio in regard to Vermont’s gubernatorial elections in 2020. A goal of his is to one day serve on Capitol Hill, where he can continue to apply his empirical approach to understanding American politics and public administration. 

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.

Will Solomon

Foreign Policy Analyst

Will Solomon is a writer, musician, and farmer living in New York State. His interests include ecology, domestic politics, culture, and foreign affairs.

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