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Megaphone vendor Suzanne throws the first pitch

Megaphone’s Suzanne Kilroy writes about throwing a strike for the Vancouver Canadians.

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Poverty kills: a memorial service for homeless Australians

A memorial service was recently held in Melbourne, Australia, for those who died while homeless. Big Issue vendor and contributor Mariann Biron pays her respects in this poignant and powerful piece that reflects on the stark reality that poverty kills.

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Veteran US journalist Dan Rather: we mustn’t look away from homelessness

Ahead of a new film about his life, in which he is played by Robert Redford, veteran US reporter Dan Rather reveals the true story of his controversial departure from CBS. He also blasts the US media for failing to speak truth to power, in this exclusive interview with INSP.

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Former Homeless World Cup players take over as referees

For the first time, former players will be swapping footballs for whistles as they return to the pitch in Amsterdam for the 2015 Homeless World Cup – thanks to the organisation’s new referee course.

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Glimpse the hidden side of Ljubljana with this homeless tour video

A different view of Ljubljana is uncovered in a new promotional video for Slovenian street paper Kralji Ulice’s ‘homeless tours’.

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Coming soon to a cinema near you – Street Cat Bob: the movie

Rising British actor Luke Treadaway is set to play former Big Issue seller James Bowen, whose books about how a stray ginger cat called Bob helped him out of homelessness have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

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Real life story: Hope Dead Winter

“I am ugly to some; an eyesore to most, and invisible to all but a few.” This moving story from street paper vendor Dustin LaPres – who sells Speak Up Zine in Charlotte, North Carolina – is an unflinching examination of his loneliness as he battles addiction.

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Gaining control of their own stories

Eight homeless and formerly homeless filmmakers in Washington DC are telling their own stories of survival through Cinema from the Street, a film project from local street paper Street Sense.

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Fighting the battle for Skid Row

LA CAN and street paper Community Connection launch campaign to build a community centre for one of the USA’s most deprived areas.

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Take a bow: vendors look dapper in street paper fashion shoot

Looking very dapper in a flowery bow tie and shirt, Robert is one of five street paper vendors – and one very fashionable pet pooch – who took part in a fashion shoot for The Curbside Chronicle in Oklahoma City, USA.

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Our vendors: Phelokazi Khohlela (The Big Issue South Africa – Cape Town)

Phelokazi Khohlela lives in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town with her husband and their four children. She has been a Big Issue vendor for just over a year and started selling the street paper help provide for her family – and she’s out there doing it every day.

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New documentary celebrates Brazil’s Boca de Rua

“Our journalism transforms people’s lives. It shouldn’t just leave them where they are.” A new documentary highlights the work of INSP member, Boca de Rua, the only newspaper in Brazil produced entirely by homeless people.

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Canva design: Liceulice cover is awesome

Leading design website Canva says Serbian street paper Liceulice is up there with The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Adbusters and Esquire.

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Big Issue vendor’s diary hailed “compelling” by top authors

A diary written by a Big Issue vendor about his experiences sleeping rough has attracted a wave of attention and praise from established authors and members of the public.

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Vendor writing: A Late Dinner With My Son

“Our voices matter,” said Jennifer Alexander, a vendor for The Contributor in Nashville whose poignant poem A Late Dinner With My Son won best Vendor Contribution at the INSP Awards 2015. Read it here.

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Vendor talk: “Take off your shoes and come inside”

During the INSP Global Street Paper 2015 in Seattle, Henrik Søndergaard Pedersen, who sells Hus Forbi in Copenhagen, Denmark, met Sharon Jones, a vendor for Seattle street paper Real Change to discuss the challenges and rewards of selling street papers.

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Seattle’s homeless community under canvas

How can tent cities help the homeless population in Seattle? “What this is all about is survival,” says long-time resident Lantz Roland. “Get people out of the bushes, get people off the streets, get people safe and sheltered.”

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Fancy a scoop with your paper?

Sweet-toothed Portlanders have a new way to support their local street paper, as Street Roots launches their first ice cream sale – and a brand new, exclusive flavour.

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Our vendors: Ali Nur Mohamed (Surprise – Basel, Switzerland)

Attacked by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in his native Somalia, it was a miracle that Ali Nur Mohamed was not killed. He has found safety and hope selling Swiss street paper Surprise in Basel. He tells his story.

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A Day in the Life of a Vendor

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a street paper seller looks like? Find out in this video from Big Issue North.

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Denver VOICE celebrates worldwide street papers

US street paper Denver VOICE celebrates INSP this month with a cover that highlights the international network.

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Homeless World Cup 2015 draw made in Amsterdam

The draw for the 13th Homeless World Cup was held yesterday in a packed room in the Amsterdam Arena, home of the Netherlands’ most successful football club, AFC Ajax.

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Greek street paper vendor’s photography goes viral

One of the nominees for this year’s INSP Awards, Greek photographer and Shedia vendor Matina Pashali has seen her work spread across social media this week after she was featured on Al Jazeera’s website.

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INSP announces new internship opportunity

INSP has announced a new internship opportunity within our editorial and communications team.