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About USRESIST NEWS & Project Team

About USRESIST NEWS

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.

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.

KIMBERLY ANDERSON, DIGITAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

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.

MEGAN TONEY, ENVIRONMENT NEWS ANALYST

Megan Toney works in program and policy development with an emphasis on inequity research in health and education. She received her MSW in Globally Informed Social & Economic Development with a specialization in System Dynamics from Washington University in Saint Louis. Much of her work has focused on understanding complex problems and designing policy solutions through community-based participatory methods.  She has worked with various groups on the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations and the viability of conservation efforts. Originally from Los Angeles, Megan is a recent east coast transplant adjusting to New England winter.

ZOE STICKER, ENVIRONMENT NEWS ANALYST

Zoe Stricker is a freelance journalist and writer. She received her Bachelor’s in Politics and Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Policy from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work is focused on the impact of environmental policies on various communities due to their demographic profiles. Zoe grew up in San Francisco, and currently lives in Buenos Aires, where she is trying to get a grip on Spanish and write a novel.

SOPHIA ADAMS, HEALTHCARE NEWS ANALYST

Sophia Adams works and studies at Plymouth State University in the Applied Meteorology department, where she is studying towards a Masters of Science. When she’s not in the field studying forest micrometeorology or programming the local Flux Tower, she tries to stay involved in political advocacy and learning the ins and outs of the healthcare and insurance industry. She first began her work in activism and writing in her undergraduate work as a student government president at Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont and attempting to involve her peers in the politics of higher education and the nation. She will be an English Teaching Assistant as a Fulbright Grantee in Malaysia this coming Spring. In between a full life, she finds time to run with her golden retriever Ernie, hike and rock climb in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and scoop ice cream at the local ice cream shop.

SAMUEL O’BRIENT, ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYST

Samuel O’Brient is a freelance writer, journalist, and policy analyst. He recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Political Science. During his years there, he served as Director of Recruitment for Gryphon Capital, a student-run investment firm and founded the SLC Economic Review, the campus’ only student-run economic publication. Samuel’s work has been published on numerous other online venues including Bookstr, TUN (The University Network), and Trump for Prison. He is also the founder of political and economic commentary blog My Side of the Aisle. A native of Western Massachusetts, Samuel also enjoys sailing and playing tennis when he’s not obsessively checking his stock portfolio. He hopes to return to school soon to pursue a graduate degree in either economic history or political science.

BEN HATT, ENVIRONMENT NEWS ANALYST

Ben is a filmmaker, playwright, and journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Outside of writing for US Resist News, he received a Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival for Best Screenplay and recently wrote, produced and acted in REVELATIONS at the New York Winterfest, a play exploring the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ben also works at Moxie Pictures as Director of TV Development. He has previously been involved in DINA (Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner 2017) and Arranged (FYI). Moxie also recently released WORMWOOD (Errol Morris, NETFLIX). He grew up in the UK but moved to North Carolina to study and has remained in the US ever since. Beyond all things writing, he continues to play his trade in his other true passion – cricket – in the hopes that one day the England Cricket Team’s latest rollicking might give him a fighting chance for stardom. (One can hope, right?)

TINA LEE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND EDUCATION NEWS ANALYST

Tina is currently a doctoral student studying the psychology of race, identity, and the law at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her activism on immigration reform and mass incarceration working with community groups in New York led to her specific academic interests in discrimination, the disproportionate number of minority members impacted by the legal system, and its mental health impact on intersecting marginalized groups. Tina also conducts research on the role of social and cultural cognition in educational institutions and career development. She later hopes to integrate her research work with policy and plans to complete her JD after her doctorate.

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.

COLIN SHANLEY, FOREIGN POLICY NEWS ANALYST

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