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Still giving Denver’s homeless a Voice after 20 years INSP 28/11/2016

The very first issue of the Denver Voice was put together on a single typewriter in 1996. Now a veteran of the street paper network, it has withstood two decades of staff changes and financial troubles to offer employment to more than 4,000 people. As the paper celebrates 20 years of helping Colorado’s homeless move off the street and into other jobs, INSP takes a look back at its journey.

Global vendors share their hopes and fears for 2017 INSP 22/11/2016

From the streets of Thessaloniki to downtown Dallas, in 2016 more than 27,000 people facing homelessness and unemployment earned an income by selling their local street paper. Ahead of Christmas, they reflect on their hopes and fears for 2017 – and call on governments worldwide to do more to help homeless people.

Street Roots’ Cole Merkel wins Skidmore Prize for work with vendors INSP 21/11/2016

Street Roots’ inspiring Vendor Program Director, Cole Merkel has been awarded the Willamette Week Give!Guide 2016 Skidmore Prize for his tireless work in supporting the Portland paper’s 150 vendors. “The vendors are by far the most inspiring people I've ever met,” says Cole. “Every single day 150 men and women are selling the paper to make a better life for themselves. This award goes out to the vendors.”

Six million sales and counting for Nashville street paper INSP 21/11/2016

Nashville weekly paper The Contributor launched in 2007 and has since trained more than 2,800 people to be vendors. They've just hit six million sales. “Two things keep our organisation moving forward,” says The Contributor’s Managing Editor, Amelia Ferrell Knisely, “the hard work of our vendors and the community of Nashville.”

Street Roots’ Cole Merkel wins Skidmore Prize for work with vendors INSP 11/11/2016

Street Roots’ inspiring Vendor Program Director, Cole Merkel has been awarded the Willamette Week Give!Guide 2016 Skidmore Prize for his tireless work in supporting the Portland paper’s 150 vendors. “The vendors are by far the most inspiring people I've ever met,” says Cole. “Every single day 150 men and women are selling the paper to make a better life for themselves. This award goes out to the vendors.”

Street paper hits back as Hamburg leader says homeless create “fear and disgust” INSP 07/11/2016

Hamburg street paper Hinz&Kunzt has hit out against a top local government official who accused homeless people of creating “a place of fear and disgust” in the city’s Central Station. Hamburg District Director Falko Droßmann made the comments as he announced plans to refurbish the station and clear it of “people who exhibit disturbing behaviour.” H&K editor Birgit Müller railed against the statement on a local news channel. She tells us how the paper will continue to lobby district leaders to stop the victimisation of the homeless.

President Trump: street papers respond INSP 07/11/2016

The world was shocked following Donald Trump’s surprise win in the U.S. Presidential election last week, and the street paper movement was no exception. We collect reactions from across the network including voices from: Spare Change News, Street Sense, BISS, L'Itinéraire, Hus Forbi, and more. "I want to thank Obama for the phone and the healthcare. Being homeless, it is frustrating to have Trump as our president. He doesn't have interest for the people. For our safety," said Street Sense vendor Joe Jackson.

President Trump: street papers respond INSP 07/11/2016

The world was shocked following Donald Trump’s surprise win in the U.S. Presidential election last week, and the street paper movement was no exception. We collect reactions from across the network including voices from: Spare Change News, Street Sense, BISS, L'Itinéraire, Hus Forbi, and more. "I want to thank Obama for the phone and the healthcare. Being homeless, it is frustrating to have Trump as our president. He doesn't have interest for the people. For our safety," said Street Sense vendor Joe Jackson. If you would like to add your voice to this article, please email laura@insp.ngo

“Justice starts at the street corner where you bought this paper” – Making a Murderer lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting INSP 31/10/2016

This time last year, few people outside of Wisconsin could have told you anything much about Manitowoc County. But on 18 December, Netflix’s true crime series Making a Murderer hit. Suddenly, people all over the world had passionate and detailed views about the area’s sheriff’s department, which had prosecuted Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Avery’s lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting emerged as unlikely heroes in the wake of the gripping documentary, and are now filling theatres internationally with their speaking tour. They told INSP that they hope to start a conversation about criminal and social justice. “If you just bought this street paper, and you are worried about criminal justice, you need to worry about why the people you walk by every day can’t take for granted a roof over their head, or a next meal,” says Strang. “That’s where justice begins.”

Swedish street paper combats prejudice... with a makeover video INSP 31/10/2016

Faktum editor Sarah Britz explains how they used a YouTube makeover video as a way to challenge anti-Romani prejudices. Many of their sellers face racism every day.

The Big Issue celebrates 25 years of a publishing revolution INSP 24/10/2016

The Big Issue celebrates 25 years on the UK's streets this week, with a retrospective exhibition in London, a star-studded film - and, of course - a bumper special edition of the magazine. High profile fans, including Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Mark Hamill and Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry, sent their best wishes. Meanwhile, vendors and former vendors spoke about what the street paper means to them. James Bowen, whose life is the basis for the new movie A Street Cat Named Bob, said: "I owe so much to The Big Issue."

The Big Issue celebruje 25 lat rewolucji wydawniczej INSP 24/10/2016

The Big Issue świętuje w tym tygodniu 25 lat swojej obecności na ulicach Wielkiej Brytanii, czego wyrazem jest retrospektywna wystawa w Londynie, film z obsadą gwiazdorską oraz oczywiście specjalne wydanie czasopisma. Słynni fani, tacy jak Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Mark Hamill oraz piosenkarka Chvrches, Lauren Mayberry, przesłali najserdeczniejsze życzenia, a sami dostawcy czasopisma - obecni i byli - którymi mogą być tylko osoby bezdomne, rozmawiali o tym, co dla nich oznacza ta uliczna gazeta. James Bowen, którego życie stało się kanwą dla nowego filmu zatytułowanego „A Street Cat Named Bob”, powiedział: „Tak wiele zawdzięczam The Big Issue”.

Edinburgh Tool Library: improving lives by changing the drill of community sharing INSP 10/10/2016

From an old police tardis on Edinburgh’s famous Leith Walk to award-winning sustainable business, Edinburgh Tool Library is one of Scotland’s social enterprise stories of the year. As the first of its kind in the UK, the library allows people to borrow tools helping them improve their homes and communities. INSP speaks to two members about how their lives have benefitted from Chris’ big social idea.

Nota Bene: Slovakia’s sole street paper celebrates its 15th year INSP 03/10/2016

Slovakia’s only street paper toasted its birthday with staff, vendors and friends. “It’s helped me to survive from day to day,” vendor Silvia said of the paper.

A strong voice for people in poverty: Gothenburg’s Faktum celebrates 15 years INSP 26/09/2016

Award-winning Swedish street paper Faktum turns 15 this month. To celebrate, they're publishing a special bumper edition of the magazine, and are holding a big party for vendors, staff, readers and supporters. Faktum is produced in Gothenburg and is sold in eight cities across southern Sweden. They sell 34,000 copies every month and work with about 1,000 vendors each year. We spoke to Faktum editor Sarah Britz to find out what the anniversary means to her - and to the magazine’s vendors.

Doorways to homelessness: ex-Big Issue vendor exposes life on the street with striking artwork INSP 26/09/2016

When Bekki Perriman was sleeping rough in London in her teens, selling The Big Issue gave her life structure and was a way of making friends. With The Doorways Project, she looks back at this period of her life and examines what it is like to sleep rough. The exhibition started as a series of photos to document the doorways in which she slept or sold the street paper. It has now grown and people in cities across the UK have encountered recordings of homeless people telling their own stories in the doorways and alleyways of major cities.

Motes of dust films: shining a light on people on the outskirts of society INSP 26/09/2016

Former actor-turned-filmmaker Rebecca Kenyon believes documentaries have the power to change attitudes and challenge our way of thinking. Her co-production company, mote of dust films, creates works showing different ways of life about people on the peripheries of society. Her most recent film ‘Something You Can Call Home’ rose from the reality of people living in their cars while aiming to hold down jobs in North Carolina. As an English-based filmmaker Rebecca shares what she’s learned of the similarities and contrasts around homelessness in the United States and the UK.

Denver Voice reaches out with first street recruitment INSP 19/09/2016

Volunteers for Denver Voice have been pounding the sidewalks for the US street paper’s first street recruitment drive to attract new vendors. The organisation already signs up vendors at a local day shelter, but the new outreach project helped them connect to more people from harder to reach groups. “Street recruitment gives us the opportunity to speak with individuals who may not use day shelter services,” says programme director Linette Hidalgo.

Chicago street paper jobs programme changes lives INSP 12/09/2016

StreetWise’s Transitional Jobs Programme was a finalist at this year’s INSP Awards. Focusing on building up soft skills, such as communication, work ethic, professionalism and teamwork, the programme breaks down the barriers that keep many out of the workforce. Former vendor Don Smith explains how the street paper, and the programme, turned his life around.

Transplant Toys: the Glasgow-based sister act that’s raising organ donation awareness INSP 12/09/2016

Only a couple of months ago, Chloe Knott was on dialysis for up to 70 hours a week waiting for a liver transplant. Now recovering from her operation, after receiving a donated liver from her mum, she’s determined to help more people access transplants. Her crafty idea to draw attention to the cause is brand new social business Transplant Toys. They take toys and fix them up, using donated parts from other toys, then sell them on to make money for charity. In doing so, they’re making people thinking about organ donation.

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