A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for employers and independent contractors?

By: Robert Bryson On September 18, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law[1]. A.B. 5 codified Dynamex Ops. W. Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 which dramatically redefined how the state classifies independent contractors vis a vie employees. A.B. 5 was drafted to target “gig” economy workers (i.e., Uber drivers, deliver … Continue reading A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for employers and independent contractors?

Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research

By: Nicole Nazari “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was understood to provide a right to bear arms if it was for a legitimate … Continue reading Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research

The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

The Correlation Between Race, Party Affiliation, and Gerrymandering

By: Francis Carlota Chicago is usually the first thing people think about when Illinois comes to mind. People might even assume the greater chicago area is likely democratic, which means people likely think Illinois is a blue state. The fact former President Barack Obama was an Illinois Senator and Illinois voted blue in the 2016 … Continue reading The Correlation Between Race, Party Affiliation, and Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application

By: Robert Bryson The Beginning Gerrymandering is a political process in which electoral districts are drawn with convoluted or meandering boundaries. The term was coined in 1812 when Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed into law a Boston-area electoral district that resembled a mythological salamander, however, the process of drawing abstract districts was an American … Continue reading Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application

The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

By: Nicole Nazari There is something disturbingly wrong with the American health care system. Before 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, individual market insurers could conduct a litany of unethical practices. Insurers could deny coverage to applicants with preexisting conditions, charge sicker people higher premiums, and not cover specific … Continue reading The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

Prison Islam: Conversion to Islam While Incarcerated Often Inspires Rehabilitation, Not Radicalization

By: Bria Burgamy Islam is not only the fastest-growing religion in the world, but also the fastest-growing religion in United States prisons, with tens of thousands of converts in U.S. prisons each year. According to Al Jazeera, ten to fifteen percent of prisoners nationwide practice Islam, compared to just one percent of the total U.S. … Continue reading Prison Islam: Conversion to Islam While Incarcerated Often Inspires Rehabilitation, Not Radicalization

Revitalization Without Gentrification: Is It Possible?

By:  Monet Valdez San Diego’s urban landscape has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. North Park, in particular, once hosted starving artists and low-income families. Its streets more closely resembled a scene from Max Brooks’ World War Z with its “drug houses, high crime, bars on windows, [and] empty store fronts.” Today, North Park … Continue reading Revitalization Without Gentrification: Is It Possible?

Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62

Below is a copy of the letter PIAC sent to  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding a proposed rule change which would make millions ineligible for SNAP Benefits The Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorial Eligibility in the SNAP threatens the safety and health of millions of people. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program … Continue reading Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62