Jayson Whitehead



Hundreds protest Federal spending on Tax Day

Hundreds protest Federal spending on Tax Day

First there was George W. Bush’s Wall Street bailout back in November. Then came Barack Obama and his $787 billion stimulus package, followed by a massive pork-filled omnibus spending package, and now a projected $3.55 trillion for the 2010 budget. The amount being spent is dizzying, and to a core segment of mostly conservative Americans […]

City Councilor argues IMPACT ignores complexities

City Councilor argues IMPACT ignores complexities

Since first convening in 2006, the social change advocacy group IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) has held its so-called Nehemiah Action every March. While the meeting is conducted under the auspices of requiring social justice from local government leaders, the gathering always has a festive feel. This year, the mood was perfectly […]

Students give to homeless by going homeless

Students give to homeless by going homeless

Five days after the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur began the Festival of Sukkot, an week-long commemoration of the biblical 40-year period during which the children of Israel wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters, after their exodus from Egypt. To celebrate their escape, in Leviticus 23:42, it is written, “Ye shall dwell in […]

"Yo no soy de los Estados Unidos"

Marlena has been here for a decade and every day she copes with the challenges that come with the language and cultural barriers of her adopted homeland. But though she relies on the help of a translator, Sam Ley, her obstacles here may pale next to what she had to go through to get to […]

Habla Espanol?

Habla Espanol?

During the last decade, Charlottesville went through a much-publicized makeover, as wealthier residents filtered into town to buy tony residences and partake in the array of upscale establishments that cropped up to serve their refined tastes. As the area swelled with wealth, another group of people tagged along in even larger proportions. Read more: What […]

Praising a six-ton Jesus

Praising a six-ton Jesus

“Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-JulyAnd I just hit town and my throat was dry,I thought I’d stop and have myself a brew.”—From “A Boy Named Sue” I’ve been to Gatlinburg, Tennessee—one of the two main entrances to the 814-square-mile Great Smoky Mountains National Park—two times. The first was with a roommate (and a few […]

Food costs rise, but school prices won't

Food costs rise, but school prices won't

In about a week, area children will start drifting into city and county schools as their summer ends and educational instruction resumes. A long summer of continually rising costs of fuel and food means the pockets of their parents are lighter and consequently so are theirs. Fortunately, the price of their school meals will not […]

Western State violated patient's civil rights

On August 1, the State Human Rights Committee (SHRC) affirmed a ruling that Western State Hospital in Staunton violated the civil rights of a Spanish-speaking mentally ill patient by keeping him in seclusion for the last 15 years. Fifty-seven-year-old Cesar Augusto Chumil’s treatment plans and medication-related information were always delivered in English, which he barely […]

For rebricking, activist pushes local hiring

For rebricking, activist pushes local hiring

One outcome of the July 21 City Council vote to move forward with the $7.5 million rebricking of the Downtown Mall was the mandate from Councilor Holly Edwards to Neighborhood Development Services Director Jim Tolbert to explore ways to incorporate local residents into the renovation workforce. “I would hope there are employment opportunities,” she said, […]

Can Ridge/McIntire handle traffic boost?

Can Ridge/McIntire handle traffic boost?

The recent Board of Architectural Review (BAR) approval of a nine-story building at 301 W. Main St. has returned a spotlight to the busy intersection of that street where it meets Ridge/McIntire streets in the former Vinegar Hill neighborhood.

Community land trusts coming to town

Community land trusts coming to town

Between 2000 and 2006, the median sales costs of houses doubled in the Charlottesville metropolitan area, and the county nearly kept the same pace. As a result, housing became affordable only for the few with enough money to spend on escalating properties. Your average family was practically priced out of town.  “I was at a […]

Scriptural Reasoning program alters traditional religion

Scriptural Reasoning program alters traditional religion

In 1994, future UVA religion Professor Peter Ochs started an unusual but simple practice of having academics from the three religious traditions that share the Bible as a fundamental text gather to read scripture, whether it was the Torah, the New Testament, or the Koran. “On a basic level, Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is an experiment […]

Coming to terms with the city’s homeless problem

Coming to terms with the city’s homeless problem

Previous coverage: Hope Community Center helps get jobs for two homelessFollow-up Residents question Hope shelter [April 22]Edwards: Haven’t talked about homelessness in “comprehensive” way Area homeless numbers rise [April 8]Children counted doubles I first wrote about area poverty and homelessness a little more than a year ago, and that is when I met Tom Shadyac. […]