Jonathan London

Just Us in Davis: Will you be the torch?

By Jonathan London The National Equity Summit, drawing thousands of leaders from across the country to Los Angeles last week, opened with a video performance by poet and spoken word artist Mayde Del Valle. Del Valle’s words powerfully evoked the people power being unleashed in struggles over making Black Lives Matter, raising the minimum wage, ending […]

Just us in Davis: The Cannery — eat your heart out, Davis

The imagery is literally mouth-watering. Ripe tomatoes of many colors spill off the page and are reflected in the colors and names of the neighborhood (Heirloom, Persimmon, Sage…) “Good Living Grows Naturally Here,” reads the motto for The Cannery, “California’s first farm to table home community in the heart of Davis.” The Cannery clearly exemplifies […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: National-racial disorders: searching for the cure

By Jonathan London After the massacre of nine African-American parishioners of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly by a young white man named Dylann Roof, some pundits have rolled out the tired arguments about how this tragedy was caused by mental illness. Not a problem of an oversaturation of guns, not a problem of […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Fixing the leaking college ‘pipeline’

By Jonathan London Last week was an exciting one in my home, as my daughter finalized her acceptance at the college of her choice. Mixed together with the celebration, the amazement of being old enough to have graduating senior and the sadness at her leaving home, is an appreciation of the privileged position we enjoy. I […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Despair and hope for the new year

By Jonathan London Reflecting on this time of transition from the old year to new, I am reminded of Janus, the two-faced Roman deity. Janus looks both backward to the past and forward to the future. He is the god of the passages between birth and death; departures and arrivals; war and peace; despair and […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Suffer the children

By Jonathan London Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Michael Brown. What do these people have in common? They all died far too young this summer and their deaths touched off waves of violence and soul-searching that extended far beyond their individual circumstances. Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah are Israeli teens murdered […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: I, too, am Davis

By Jonathan London Deceptively simple, but deeply moving, portraits of students of color from dozens of universities around the country holding small chalkboards with phrases such as, “But you don’t look black,” “What are you?” “You speak such good English.” Riffing off Langston Hughes’ famous poem, “I, too, am America,” “I, too, am Harvard” was […]

June 22, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 28, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

March 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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. […]

February 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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