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”

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

The Orange County Needle Exchange Program: A Public Health Victory in Unconventional Form

By:  Maryam Karimi In April 2017, there were 7 million people in the United States who used injectable drugs.[1] Meanwhile, as of April 2017, there were only about 265 Syringe Services programs (SSPs) in the United States.[2] Yes, you read that right, 265 needle exchanges for an estimated 7 million users. According to the Centers for … Continue reading The Orange County Needle Exchange Program: A Public Health Victory in Unconventional Form

The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?

By:  Maryam Karimi With the widening inequality in corporate America and ever-rising CEO compensation, strides towards restructuring corporate wealth may be one of the most important and onerous tasks a senator can choose to undertake.[1] On August 15, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act which would create an Office of … Continue reading The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?