Jonathan London

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 […]

September 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged , ,

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 […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 03, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

Just Us in Davis: War on the poor

Class warfare arrived in today’s mail. There, along with the clothing catalogues, credit card and cable TV offers, were two envelopes that contained everything that is wrong and that is right in America. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration (otherwise, these would have been nation-size packages) — but work with me here. One envelope […]

Just Us in Davis: No town is an island

By Jonathan London Thanks to Cory Golden’s excellent feature story in The Enterprise on Friday, July 15, many readers will be familiar with Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions, a study that documents how California’s capital region is failing its young people to the great peril of the region as a whole. This study, which I was fortunate […]

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Toward a bright and fair future on both sides of the tracks

Last night, I saw the beauty of privilege. In the inspired eyes of the student musicians of Emerson Junior High School, the dedicated and patient eyes of the music teachers, and the adoring eyes of hundreds of parents (including mine and my wife’s), I saw the some of the best of what Davis has to […]

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Just us in Davis: Solidarity forever

Sometimes, despite seemingly impossible odds, David wins and Goliath falls. Sometimes, those on the margins of society rise up and change history. Marshall Ganz, in his account of the rise of the United Farm Workers union (“Why David Sometimes Wins”), depicts how the UFW was able to organize and gain significant victories on behalf of […]

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Not to fear at all

Special to The Enterprise ÒKol ha-olam kulo gesher tzar mÕod: vÕha-ikkar lo lÕfahed klal. The whole world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to fear at all.Ó Ñ Rabbi Nachman of Bratslov In a time when Americans are being urged to fear the Other: immigrants and their Òanchor babies,Ó […]

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Make children your priority

Special to The Enterprise Dear Joe Krovoza and Rochelle Swanson, Congratulations on your recent election to the Davis City Council. YouÕve both knocked on a lot of doors, smiled for a lot of photo-ops, kissed a lot of babies and heard more than enough free advice from this most right and relevant city. But, at […]

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When will justice come?

Special to The Enterprise As part of a recent speech on the importance of thinkingk and acting regionally at the recent Saving California Communities summit, I quoted the Greek historian Thucydides, ÒJustice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.Ó This phrase came to […]

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