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Mobile showers offer dignity to San Francisco’s homeless INSP 16/02/2015

Using an old city bus retrofitted with showers and toilets and manned by a handful of volunteers, US non-profit Lava Mae provides hundreds of showers for homeless people in San Francisco every week. But the project’s founder Doniece Sandoval says that Lava Mae doesn’t just offer people showers and sanitation services. Being clean restores their dignity and the confidence to apply for jobs and help change their situations. Lava Mae has already had a huge impact in a city where approximately 7000 people are homeless. The innovative project now aims to provide dignity to homeless people on a global scale, one hot shower at a time.

Ugandan women boxing clever in Kampala slums INSP 09/02/2015

For the women who live in the Uganda’s city slums, every day can be a fight for survival. Boxing is now a way of life for a number of women living in the poorest areas of Uganda's capital Kampala. For them, learning to box isn’t just a pastime - it is a way to protect themselves in the Katanga slum, where crime is rife and attacks are common. Some also hope that one day the sport could help them earn an income. In November 2014, members of the local women’s boxing club made history when they took part in the Women's World Boxing Championships South Korea for the very first time.

Big names across UK sell The Big Issue for #VendorWeek INSP 09/02/2015

Famous musicians, comedians, journalists, politicians, and religious leaders paid tribute to the hard work of street paper vendors when more than 70 of them took on the challenge of selling The Big Issue across the UK for INSP’s #VendorWeek. Lauren Mayberry, singer with Scottish band Chvrches, was among the guest vendors who took an hour out of her busy schedule to sell the street paper in central Glasgow. Having previously worked for the magazine, she was delighted to find out more about the 114 members of INSP: “It’s been great to learn more about INSP and how the network works. I think it’s a really positive thing and I’m happy to be to supporting it.”

Photo essay: Superheroes, they’re everywhere! INSP 02/02/2015

Superheroes have gone from starring in comic books to forming the building blocks of multi-billion dollar franchises that enjoy worldwide success. But as this superb series of photos from Reuters shows, spandex-clad heroes can also be found on city streets around the world, from Slovakia to Japan, Brazil and America. Whether they are vigilantes, protesters, do-gooders, street artists or mega-fans, everyday people are dressing up to become their favourite superhero. So why is our culture so obsessed with the idea of superheroes? “As a civilization, we are in trouble, and so we naturally search for heroes to rescue us from our various problems,” says superhero expert Michael Kantor. INSP investigates.

The service keeping Australia’s homeless in clean clothes INSP 26/01/2015

Two friends from Brisbane have launched Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless. In August 2014, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi set out to improve the hygiene standards of local homeless people by kitting out a van with two 10kg washers and dryers. They now park next to food vans and shelters around the city five days a week. The founders say Orange Sky Laundry, which runs purely on public donations, also helps them connect with homeless people and point them towards services that could eventually get them off the streets for good. “This isn’t just about washing clothes, it’s a catalyst for conversation,” co-founder Lucas Patchett tells INSP.

Photo essay: Shop fronts in Ferguson painted for peace INSP 19/01/2015

On 14 November 2014, the night that a St. Louis County grand jury announced it would not indict the police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, rioting broke out along the main streets of Ferguson and the South Grand neighbourhood. It left the storefronts of Saint Louis shattered. But a unique art project quickly sprung up to restore hope, pride and commerce to Ferguson businesses. Paint For Peace called on artists to use boarded up buildings as their blank canvas, using art supplies donated by the public. Exploring Ferguson away from the headlines, Reuters photographer Jim Young has documented the creativity and colour of Ferguson’s shop fronts.

Celebrating #VendorWeek with the world’s newest street paper INSP 12/01/2015

Among the colourful markets, historic plazas and grand cathedrals of Mexico City, there are thousands of homeless people living in the streets. Many have lived their whole lives without a home – some are the third generation of their family to be born into homelessness. In this challenging and dangerous environment, a group of six young women – inspired by INSP and The Big Issue – are trying to break the cycle of poverty with the world’s newest street paper, Mi Valedor. They tell INSP about how they got the project off the ground, and how they plan to deal with the problem of Mexico City’s gangs.

INSP harnesses social media to celebrate street paper vendors INSP 12/01/2015

INSP’s #VendorWeek 2015 promises to start off with a bang thanks to the hundreds of people who have added their social voice to the charity’s social media campaign on Thunderclap. It allows INSP’s social media supporters to simultaneously show their support for street paper vendors with a message on Twitter and Facebook at the beginning of #VendorWeek celebrating all those involved in the international street paper movement.

Into the Woods: singing stars align for what may be Disney’s darkest tale INSP 18/12/2014

A-list director Rob Marshall's take on the smash hit Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods sees beloved fairy tale characters collide in what may be Disney’s darkest tale. It features an all-signing, all-dancing cast that’s packed with fresh talent, including Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine, as well as Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. “Right from the beginning, I said this is a unique piece, it’s a dark piece for Disney,” said Marshall when the directors spoke to INSP’s Laura Kelly, along with stars Anna Kendrick and James Corden, ahead of the film’s UK release on January.

The fight to free the El Salvador 17 INSP 15/12/2014

In El Salvador, abortion is viewed as a heinous crime even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is in danger during pregnancy, and the country’s stance on the issue has led to dozens of wrongful imprisonments and many young women committing suicide. On a visit to Glasgow, Scotland, from El Salvador human rights activist Morena Herrera spoke to INSP to raise awareness of the issue. The former guerrilla fighter is campaigning on behalf of 17 women suffering horrendous conditions in El Salvador’s notorious prisons after being wrongfully jailed.

Vendor Art - an International Creative Christmas Special INSP 01/12/2014

Many of INSP’s 126 street papers across the world include writing, art and photography from their vendors. In the run-up to Christmas – the season of goodwill and a very busy time for our members – INSP has brought together an international selection of viewpoints from our vendors.

Amanda ‘Fucking’ Palmer INSP 01/12/2014

Amanda Palmer has had a passionate niche of fans for a decade and when she raised $1.2 million through Kickstarter in 2012 to fund a record, the former Dresden Dolls singer became a poster child of crowdfunding. INSP’s Laura Kelly caught up with Palmer as she raced down the Massachusetts Turnpike and the US singer talked about her days as a Boston street performer, the admiration she had for a veteran Spare Change vendor, and her new book, The Art of Asking.

INSPiring the World (December 2014) INSP 01/12/2014

On every first Monday of the month we present editors with a selection of short stories from the news service website. The package can be used to fill the international pages in your street paper. Simply click ‘download article’ and ‘download gallery images’ to reprint the material. Other language versions are available below the text.

INSPirer verden (Desember 2014) INSP 01/12/2014

Hver første mandag i måneden tilbyr vi redaktørene et utvalg korte saker fra websiden vår. Pakken kan brukes for å fylle de internasjonale sidene i din gateavis. Ganske enkelt klikk ‘last ned artikkelen’ og ‘last ned bildegalleriet’ for å trykke stoffet. Sakene er også tilgjengelig på andre språk under teksten.

世界を刺激する(2014年12月号) INSP 01/12/2014

毎月第一月曜日に、ニュースサイトから集めた短い記事を、編集者の皆さまにお届けします。これらの記事は、皆さまのストリートペーパーの国際面などに掲載していただくことが可能です。データを転載するには、「この記事をダウンロード(download article)」または「画像イメージをダウンロード(download gallery images)」をクリックして下さい。他言語のバージョンは、テキストの下よりダウンロードが可能です。

Crowdfunding Mexico’s first street paper INSP 24/11/2014

In Mexico City, six young women are getting ready to publish their country’s first ever street paper and, if they’re successful, it will be the first publication of its kind anywhere in the world to launch through crowdfunding. Inspired by The Big Issue in the UK and supported by INSP, the team is led by painter and social activist, Maria Portilla. They aim to launch Mi Valedor (My Pal, in Mexican slang) during INSP’s #VendorWeek at the start of February 2015. Exclusive - by Laura Kelly, INSP’s communications manager.

Is Housing First the solution to homelessness? INSP 03/11/2014

In a recent article published by The Guardian, INSP editor Billy Briggs argued that Housing First was the best way forward for societies around the world to address chronic homelessness. The concept of Housing First prioritises moving homeless people straight from the streets into a home, as opposed to programmes whereby people must address personal issues prior to entering housing. The article mentions some successful street paper projects while highlighting the movement’s role in exposing the criminalisation of homeless people in America.

INSPiring the World (November 2014) INSP 03/11/2014

On every first Monday of the month we present editors with a selection of short stories from the news service website. The package can be used to fill the international pages in your street paper. Simply click ‘download article’ and ‘download gallery images’ to reprint the material. Other language versions are available below the text.

INSPirer verden (November 2014) INSP 03/11/2014

Hver første mandag i måneden tilbyr vi redaktørene et utvalg korte saker fra websiden vår. Pakken kan brukes for å fylle de internasjonale sidene i din gateavis. Ganske enkelt klikk ‘last ned artikkelen’ og ‘last ned bildegalleriet’ for å trykke stoffet. Sakene er også tilgjengelig på andre språk under teksten.

世界を刺激する(2014年11月号) INSP 03/11/2014

毎月第一月曜日に、ニュースサイトから集めた短い記事を、編集者の皆さまにお届けします。これらの記事は、皆さまのストリートペーパーの国際面などに掲載していただくことが可能です。データを転載するには、「この記事をダウンロード(download article)」または「画像イメージをダウンロード(download gallery images)」をクリックして下さい。他言語のバージョンは、テキストの下よりダウンロードが可能です。

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