Apropos’s Ion Firescu: Living between two worlds

Ion has called Salzburg home for over ten years, but what is home for him is not what is home for us. Ion sleeps on the streets because his circumstances make it impossible to be officially registered in the city. There is another reason, too: he provides for his family in Romania through his work as an Apropos vendor and values his wife and children’s comfort above his own.

Poster campaign emphasises the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Social art and design lab Amplifier has made available to street papers posters which emphasise the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and encourage those who have yet to be immunised to do so. Coinciding with street papers reporting on the attitudes and experiences of marginalised communities when it comes to the vaccine, the posters aim to spread the message of community protection.

Big Issue Taiwan vendor Chu-fang Chuang: “Selling the magazine is my responsibility”

Those shopping in the area between Taipei City Hall Station and VieShow Cinemas pass Chu-fang Chuang as she sells copes of The Big Issue Taiwan outside a Chunghwa Telecom shop. Chuang volunteers for multiple organisations in addition to her work as a vendor and thrives on self-reliance and keeping busy.

Liceulice’s David Jankovic: The street paper was the wind at my back

David Jankovic has been working as a Liceulice vendor for 10 years. During that time, he has won the hearts of readers with his cheerful spirit and friendly manner. Here, he reflects on his childhood, his work as a Liceulice vendor and the happiness he has found in life.

Real Change’s Debbie Nichols: “I am the oddball because I am out there!”

In 1999, Debbie Nichols held a prominent job and was an active member in her community, but an abusive relationship and a drug addiction set her down a troubling path. Luckily, Nichols found street paper Real Change, which she said made a positive impact in helping her find her way back to her normal routines.

Big Issue Japan’s Nakanishi Hitoshi: “Customers have been supporting us for nearly nine years. It’s easy not to quit”

Nakanishi Hitoshi currently sells The Big Issue Japan in Kumamoto City, on the Japanese island of Kyushu, a pitch that has existed for almost nine years. He credits the public’s support with keeping him going. Although life can be emotionally tough, it is vital to keep overcoming hardships and finding a way through.

Surprise’s Taoufik Narati: “When I grew up, I knew I would have barely any chance of getting a job and living a good life in Tunisia with my disability”

Taoufik Narati, 59, came to Europe from Tunisia many years ago. He contracted polio asa young child and underwent many operations to ease his condition; however, as a young man, he realised that there would be few opportunities in Tunisia for someone with his condition. He has built himself a happy life in Switzerland and feels thankful for his work, selling the national street paper Surprise, and loving family life.

Hanover street paper Asphalt partners with prestigious contemporary art exhibition documenta fifteen, exclusively announcing line-up

World-renowned contemporary art exhibition documenta is celebrating its 15th instalment next year in the German city of Kassel. In line with its leading artists’ values, the line-up for the event was exclusively revealed by street paper Asphalt in nearby Hanover, who will act as a media partner for the exhibition.

UK-based street paper Big Issue North launches news app

Big Issue North has launched a news app which will feature stories from the north of England based magazine, social news organisations and other street papers. The long in development Street News is free to download and offers a monthly subscription service.

Surprise’s Zeynab Ahmed – from Somalia to Switzerland

Thirteen years ago, Zeynab Ahmed, 31, fled Somalia after living in fear under the threat of the terrorist militia al-Shabaab. She has since built a life for herself: she lives with her husband and children in Münchenstein, Switzerland and sells Surprise. She sees her future as being in Switzerland but would dearly love to see her mother in Somalia one last time.

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz on her lifelong fight to empower Indigenous peoples and have their rights recognised by governments

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (of the Kankanaey Igorot community) went from organising Indigenous people in the Philippines to working with the UN to set up a framework for protecting Indigenous rights globally. A former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, she spoke to INSP about Indigenous sovereignty, environmental conservation, and what gives her hope as the struggle continues. Also on the board of directors of Indigenous guardianship advocacy group Nia Tero, she recently featured in a poster campaign profiling female Indigenous leaders from communities across the world.

The United Streets of America: Memphis’s student run street paper The Bridge

Memphis’s The Bridge is unique within the street paper network as it is entirely student run. Founded in 2013 by three Rhodes College students, it was inspired by nearby Nashville’s own street paper The Contributor. Here, the two collide, as The Contributor’s Maggie Youngs chatted to The Bridge executive team member Emma Figarsky about how it all works.