Nikole’s Affirmation of Life

By Gligor Tashkovich About four years ago, I began supporting and advocating for a couple who were living on the sidewalk outside my office building. A year ago I wrote about the death of Joseph Digilio. Now it is with great sorrow that I must record the equally untimely death of his widow, Nikole Ann Terzakos,…

Time and Tide — and Twitter Trends — Wait for None

By Diana Skelton (France) The oppressed have been silenced and unheard for as long as oppression has existed. But the rapid changes in communications in recent years are transforming the nature of what it means to be unheard. Before social media, public discourse about poverty and injustice remained highly controlled: by publishing magnates, professional lobbyists,…

Wanted: Street Smarts for the World

By Diana Skelton (France) “School hates me.” Just a few hours earlier, this child in New Orleans had been so excited about her first day of kindergarten. But one short school day had already made her feel stupid. People living in poverty are made to feel stupid over and over: “He’ll be a failure like…

Examining an “Adoption Culture”

By: Diana Skelton (France) Many families have transformed their lives in order to adopt children, both internationally and in their own country, who would otherwise be living in underfunded institutions, or shuffled from one foster home to another. The Southern Baptist Convention (a network of churches with 16 million members) in 2009 launched a call…