By: Katie Wotherspoon In the wake of numerous murders of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, a nationwide debate exploded regarding structural racism and police accountability—the legal doctrine of qualified immunity in particular, amassed much of the scrutiny. The killings not only sparked national outrage they were also met with vehement protests in … Continue reading Qualified Immunity—The Ultimate Circular Legal Doctrine
By: Joseph Woodson California’s Digital Divide From day to day transactions to disaster preparedness, our modern society increasingly relies on internet access. In 2017, 74% of households in California had broadband subscriptions, while 90% of households in California reported using the internet in some lesser form (such as mobile service, friendly hotspots, antiquated dial-up connections, … Continue reading California: The Digital Divide and Approaches to Securing Telecommunications During Crisis
By: Ridgeway Woulfe Remove the racist nickname of the Washington football team. Acknowledge black lives matter. Address blackface in a real way. Recognize the disparity in police tactics regarding race. Allow and support peaceful protest. Stop whitewashing in the media. Stop honoring the confederacy. A lot is changing it seems. Society is ceding to demands … Continue reading Corporate America and the Status Quo: Minor Concessions in the Face of Revolutionary Demands
By: Emily Casillas My name is Emily Casillas. I am a bi-racial (Mexican and Irish) cisgender[i] female. I have white privilege. I have not and do not live with the weight of discrimination and racism that plagues my siblings of color. I am putting this privilege to use, to advocate and raise awareness on issues … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: The American System of Racism
By: Robert Bryson I was born in the United States, as were both my parents, and my fathers’ family back to the colonies. My mother’s parents emigrated here from the Philippines. My mother’s father joined the U.S. Navy for citizenship and fought in Vietnam as an American. Just because I was born in this country, … Continue reading Perspective: What Would It Take?
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?
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
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
By: Ridgeway Woulfe America is undoubtedly in the midst of a painful identity crisis. Childish Gambino released a summer hit entitled “This is America,” where he deftly gives his perception on America. In the video, the happy-go-lucky music and lyrics providing a sense of joy. At points throughout the song, the joyful music gives way … Continue reading Who is America according to “Who is America”
By: Jessica Colburn The Second Amendment, while hotly debated, is not well understood because the language of the Amendment is unclear and old, specifically 227 years old. Here, we shed some light on what is meant by the language of the Second Amendment, including the phrases, “a well-regulated militia” and “the right of the people … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: The History of the 2nd Amendment