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Author Archive: Jonathan London

Just Us in Davis: Wield a hatchet, plant a seed

By Jonathan London After (finally) finishing the leftover turkey, I am left reflecting on what remains of the Thanksgiving Day. I am thinking about giving thanks and the state of thankfulness. As a professional critic (that is, a professor), I tend to focus on what is wrong with the world and to wield my mind […]

Just Us in Davis: Great schools for a great community

By Jonathan London The Davis Unified School District has initiated a strategic planning process to inform the future priorities, structures and resource allocations for our schools. While Davis is widely and largely appropriately credited as having great schools, there are clearly many areas for improvement. A thoughtful and participatory process to bring the Davis community […]

Just Us in Davis: Cool or uncool?

The ability of Davis to provide affordable housing often has taken a back seat to the questions of controlling the city’s growth. This growth control is described as based on environmental or sustainable development values and part of Davis’ proud status as a “cool city.” To be sure, the city’s extensive efforts to reduce energy […]

Just Us in Davis: Walk like a man

I can only imagine the huge sigh of relief from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and others considered outside of the hetero-norm in response to the news that the alleged assailant in Mikey Partida’s beating was not motivated by gay-hatred but was only a challenge to Partida’s “masculinity.” Drawing on the testimony of a linguistics professor […]

Just Us in Davis: Not in our town?

By Jonathan London There was just one jarring note in an otherwise inspiring candlelight vigil March 16 at Central Park, for Mikey Partida, the young man brutally beaten in what is understood as a hate crime, based on Mikey’s sexual orientation. We heard the heartwarming and heart-rending testimonials about Mikey by his mother and other […]

Just Us in Davis: Clean, accessible water is a human right

By Jonathan London Imagine a typical morning: You wake up, stumble into the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth. Out of habit, you reach down to turn on the tap. Just in time you remember, and pull your hand away, turning instead to the container of bottled water perched on the shelf. […]

Just Us in Davis: Dear President Obama …

By Jonathan London Congratulations! On Nov. 6, I — along with millions of others in this country and around the world — breathed a sigh of relief. Together, we pushed back against a right-wing insurgent movement that sought to divide us: the mythical makers against the 47 percent takers, the old majority against the new […]

Just Us in Davis: The 99% is too big to fail

By Jonathan London The well-worn description of the publicly traded mega-banks as “too big to fail” has taken on a new dimension in this election season. As was eloquently articulated by first lady Michelle Obama, Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and others at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month, it […]

Just Us in Davis: Don’t wait to fight hate

By Jonathan London Reading the brief item in The Enterprise on July 10, “School benches charred with swastikas; police investigating as hate incident,” I felt a mix of anger, despair and fear. Whatever the motivations of the vandals, these symbols, burned into picnic tables at Holmes Junior High School, sent a powerful message to me […]

Just Us in Davis: Figuring out our place in the ‘glocal’ world order

The well-worn admonition “think globally, act locally” takes on new meaning in recent conflicts over the Woodland-Davis Water Project. Media coverage of opposition to this project has tended to focus on controversies about the financial cost of drawing and treating drinking water from the Sacramento River instead of ground water wells. However, like most seemingly […]

Just Us in Davis: We are all Trayvon Martin

We are all Trayvon Martin. This chant resonates with the global call of the Occupy movement: We are the 99 percent. But, how can I be Trayvon Martin? I am not an unarmed black 17-year-old child shot dead in Florida last month by a neighborhood watch vigilante. I can walk through my neighborhood and not […]

Just us: Where there is hope

* Editor’s note: This essay is adapted from a talk that will be given Sunday at the ninth annual Celebration of Abraham: “Where there is hope…” The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center, 1275 B St. One of many held around the country, the Celebration of […]

Just Us in Davis: The change we seek

This is the autumn of our discontent. When the gap between the average CEO salary and their lowest-wage worker is 400 to 1 (up from 40 to 1 in the 1970s). When college students and professors are subject to baton charges and pepper-spray assaults by university police. When the educational, government and financial institutions that […]

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