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

Feminism for Hijabis: A Critique of Laws that Prohibit Islamic Veiling in Western Countries

By:  Bria Burgamy Feminism. Beyoncé sings about it. Gloria Steinem mobilizes for it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about it. Women around the world are being called to step into their power, demand equality, and shatter glass ceilings – and rightfully so. As feminist movements gain momentum, however, some women are being left behind. Veiled Muslim … Continue reading Feminism for Hijabis: A Critique of Laws that Prohibit Islamic Veiling in Western Countries

Census Watch 2020: The Constitutionality of a Citizenship Question

By: Monet Valdez The United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judiciary body in our nation. Nine Justices sit atop the high court and make decisions that become the law of the land. The Court recently decided whether or not to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. It is important that we … Continue reading Census Watch 2020: The Constitutionality of a Citizenship Question

The After Life: Something Worth Investing In

By:  Nicole Nazari With a system that hosts about 2.3 million people, our corrections system does not correct. [1] At least 95% of all state prisoners will be released, and at least two-thirds of those released prisoners are rearrested. Many of whom are re-arrested for committing felonies and other serious crimes. [2] However, the statistics … Continue reading The After Life: Something Worth Investing In

San Diego Unified School District Settles Case Following Backlash Against Anti-Islamophobia Initiative

By:  Bria Burgamy In July 2016, San Diego Unified School District (“the District”) began discussions with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) to create an anti-Islamophobia initiative (“the Initiative”) in its schools. According to a presentation given at a District board meeting, the Initiative intended to “provide resources and strategies to support students during…Ramadan”; “review … Continue reading San Diego Unified School District Settles Case Following Backlash Against Anti-Islamophobia Initiative

President Trump wants to define transgender out of existence, but we cannot let him define us.

By:  Ken Jensen On October 24, 2018, President Trump stated his administration was “seriously” considering changing the way it treats transgender people under the law.  Given his history of statements which never come to fruition, one could dismiss it. The effort this administration to negate any effort to define gender identity in any manner besides … Continue reading President Trump wants to define transgender out of existence, but we cannot let him define us.

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