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Republication of the week

Chicago street paper StreetWise dedicated an entire edition to INSP. Under the banner 'News around the world with INSP', the special edition featured stories from colleague papers across the globe. In an inspiring Editorial, Executive Editor Jim LoBianco explained how StreetWise sister papers aim to raise awareness.

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Below is the full text of the Editorial:

The vision of Street­Wise magazine is to be Chicago-centric and socially conscious. Every week the edito­rial staff does an excel­lent job providing fresh coverage of im­portant events in and around Chicago. We try to give our readers an apprecia­tion for the struggles that those Chica­goans trapped in a cycle of poverty face every day, whether it be homelessness, unemployment, domestic abuse, or one of the many other stressors that add to the burden of poverty.

While focusing on Chicago is core to the magazine's mission, the staff also in­cludes, in almost every edition, stories from across the country and around the world. We at StreetWise feel it is equally important to give our readers a perspec­tive on the similarities and the differ­ences on the issue of poverty in Chicago as compared to near and far.

In this week's edition we are excited to dedicate the entire magazine to sto­ries outside of Chicago. With the world economy in such crisis, we thought it important to specifically highlight how men, women and children in other cit­ies and nations are coping. From riots in Greece to protests in Moscow to the Occupy demonstrations going on in cit­ies all over the U.S., the issues of poverty and economic justice are on the minds of citizens in every city of every nation.

Thanks to our partner association, the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), we have seven great stories to share:

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Cape Town, South Africa, "Reflections on Youth" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Washington D.C., "U.S. Poverty: Living on less than $4.50 a day"

Chilanga, Zambia - "Pallia­tive AIDS care in Zambia"

The Philippines - "Vendor provides for her Family"

St. Petersburg, Russia - "A Day in the life of a Vendor"

Nashville - "Vending on Nashville streets"

Poland - "Vendor captures Krakow"

INSP members maintain the Street News Service, which every week cir­culates stories from affiliate newspapers and magazines in the same manner as the Associated Press, United Press In­ternational or Reuters.

At StreetWise we recognize that the experiences of our clients/vendors are not happening in a bubble. The pitfalls, roadblocks and tragedies that the men and women of StreetWise face daily are mirrored by vendors at our 100-plus sister papers in 40 nations around the globe. We hope you enjoy our Inter­national Edition, and that it brings you closer to life of a person in need, re­gardless of whether that person is hun­dreds of miles away or thousands.

To view a selection of StreetWise's special INSP pages, click here.

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