About Us

At RESIST, we’re building a media and education platform to fight oppression and support radical movements for love, justice, and liberation.

For us that means:

  • Recentering the voices and experiences of those who are marginalized even within anti-oppression movements
  • Strengthening the role of social justice movements in shaping mainstream culture, policy, and electoral politics
  • Doing the uncomfortable work of facing racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, and other forms of systemic oppression within our own movements
  • Providing practical tools, knowledge, and resources for radical activism and movement-building
  • Nurturing a social justice culture of connection, indispensability, and compassionate accountability

Launched in November 2016, we’re reaching over half-a-million readers a month and are currently in the process of expanding our number of digital media sites.


Our Team

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Derek Ellerman | Founder & Publisher

Derek is the Founder & Publisher of RESIST and the former Co-Publisher of Everyday Feminism. As a queer, biracial Buddhist, he tries to fuse the radical self-love of Buddhism with an intersectional anti-oppression practice. Prior to his work in digital media, he co-founded Polaris, an international nonprofit combating modern-day slavery. When he’s not working, Derek keeps himself busy being a partner and a proud parent of two little ones and remembering the days when he used to have free time.

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Jarune Uwujaren | Editor

Jarune Uwujaren is the Editor at RESIST and currently based in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD area. In case you were curious, the name is Nigerian, the person with the name is American, and the e is not silent. They’ve been editing and writing on the subjects of social justice, race, queer identity, and feminism since the start of their career. You can check out more of their writing here. Beyond writing and editing, Jarune is a bird nerd, a sci-fi enthusiast, a devourer of Netflix original series, and a savory grits stan.

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Jen Deerinwater | Contributing Writer and Social Media Manager, Indigenous Resistance: Crushing Colonialism

Jen is a classically trained vocalist vagabond with a love for books, well made martinis, and antique maps. Jen has several degrees from over priced universities with the student loan debt to prove it. She is an out and proud Bisexual, Hard Femme, Disabled, and is mixed race Tsalagi-a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. After several years spent in the trenches of American politics you can now find her stirring the pot of radical discourse online. Follow her musings and soapbox rants on Twitter and Instagram.

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Alisha Acquaye | Contributing Writer

Alisha a Brooklyn-born writer, tea enthusiast and lipstick babe who loves creating all-natural potions for her hair and body. Her writing focuses on race, gender, body, beauty, social issues, and pop culture. You can find her work in The Establishment, TIME, Everyday Feminism, and Bustle. She’s low-key obsessed with Trader Joe’s, Chopped, and creating Spotify playlists.

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Miranda Boyd | Contributing Writer

Miranda Jayne Boyd is a writer of features, news, novels and poetry; a musician of the folk-punk variety; a queer intersectional activist with a sharp tongue; and an obvious lover of the semicolon. Her work has taken her from the plains of the Midwest to the lights of Las Vegas where she’s an expert on the bar scene and what it takes to resist systemic oppression. You can watch her block racist queerphobes on Twitter @mirandajboyd and she swears she’ll have her personal site up and running soon.

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Kylie Cheung | Contributing Writer

Kylie Cheung is a freelance news writer covering politics and feminism, with a focus on reproductive rights. She has written for The Frisky, The Daily Dot, ATTN:, Pajiba, and others, and is currently based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter at @kylietcheung, and on Tumblr at www.kyliecheung.tumblr.com.

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KC Clements | Contributing Writer

KC Clements is a queer, non-binary writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work and opinions have been featured on Huffington Post, The Establishment, BuzzFeed, Vice, GO Magazine, and trans.cafe. You can follow their writing at aminotfemme.wordpress.com and at @aminotfemme on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and WordPress.

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Donyae Coles | Contributing Writer

Donyae Coles is a freelance writer who is just really into people being decent to one another and cats. When she’s not taking on the Patriarchy and White Supremacy she likes to crochet and paint. You can follower her on her blog, Free Nights and Weekends, on Facebook, and Twitter @okokno.

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Nichole Dinato | Contributing Writer

Nichole Dinato is the cofounder and cohost of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack! (VWPA), a rowdy vegan podcast run by two unapologetic, feminist, atheist, ethical vegan women. From silly to serious, the show addresses a wide range of topics including dissecting the issues within the vegan movement, tips on fighting the patriarchy, and media reviews from a pro-intersectional feminist vegan perspective. You can find out more about VWPA on their website or by following them on Facebook.

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Jayson Flores | Contributing Writer

Gay on a Budget founder & editor, Aries/Taurus cusp, bigender, Latinx, vegan, femme person, and the biggest Buffy fan you know. Now writing for RESIST, Bustle, PRIDE, Everyday Feminism, and The Rumpus. Passionate, deeply feeling, sometimes angry, mostly emotional. Wants to make people feel less lonely in the world. Roxane Gay once said she liked their voice. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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Africa Jackson | Contributing Writer

Africa Jackson is a politics + culture writer. She spends her days whistling at construction workers and calling white people the “C” word (it’s ok, her best friend is white.) Follow her on Twitter + IG: @AfricaJwrites.

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Matthew Kovac | Contributing Writer

Matthew Kovac is a writer and commentator focusing on war, prisons, and borders. Based in Michigan, Matt previously investigated wrongful convictions with the Chicago Innocence Center and covered education, labor, and criminal justice issues for The Chicago Reporter magazine. His work has been featured by AlterNet, Antiwar.com, Common Dreams, and Truthout. You can read more of his work here and follow him on Twitter @matthewkovac.

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Denarii Monroe | Contributing Writer

New-York based social justice warrior Denarii (rhymes with “canary”) Monroe is an aspiring screenwriter, freelance writer, and a long time activist. She’s a Rutgers University alum and a two-year Pace University dropout; she studied English and Adolescent Education, respectively. Denarii is a board member of the Bisexual Resource Center and has written for BlogHer, Black Girl Dangerous, Extra Crispy, The Development Set, Brooklyn Magazine, and Everyday Feminism, among several others. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium and her full portfolio is on Contently.

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April Negrette | Contributing Writer

April is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area (Hayward) and spent most of her life there. She studied Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at UC Davis and graduated in 2012. From there she has lived and worked in Colorado, Nevada and California mainly with tribes and Native American organizations in environmental, education or social justice capacities. She is an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada, and also Paiute and Spanish.

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Kathi Valeii | Contributing Writer

Kathi writes about parenting, feminism, and justice-related issues. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Ravishly, SheKnows, and The Establishment, and she writes regular features for Southwest Michigan Second Wave Media. When she’s not writing, she loves to garden, play in the woods, and splash in the Great Lakes. You can follow her on Twitter @Kathivaleii.

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Hari Ziyad | Contributing Writer

Hari Ziyad is a New York based storyteller and artist by way of Cleveland. They are the editor-in-chief of RaceBaitR, an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Black Youth Project. You can find them [mostly] ignoring racists on Twitter @HariZiyad.

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