Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people.

Legendary guitarist Keith Richards brings some outlaw charm to Buenos Aires’ Hecho en Bs. As., telling them that the Rolling Stones still have plenty to explore.

Iso Numero in Finland and Marie in Austria are two of the newest members to join INSP’s global movement. You can read more about them here.

The Big Issue in the UK were out of this world with the story of a female astronaut doll that’s aiming to get more girls interested in science and technology.

For their fourth edition, Mi Valedor tackled the theme of ‘Extinction’, represented on the cover by a young dinosaur fan.

Also harnessing the power of cute, The Contributor starred celebrity pup Doug the Pug on their cover.

Meanwhile Straatnieuws sat down with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission for a challenging interview.

Like many people, street papers were still dealing with the loss of musical icon David Bowie. He graced the cover of both The Big Issue Korea and Street Speech in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Real Change in Seattle ran some excellent stories from Street Roots, their colleagues in Portland, through INSP’s News Service.

They included a story about Portland’s clean pipes programme, and an interview with controversial harm reduction advocate Shilo Murphy, whose programme will allow people in Seattle to inject illegal drugs in the presence of medical staff.

In Macedonia, Lice v Lice dedicated their latest issue to celebrating the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, which is marked on 20 February each year.

The UN says that the day: “should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.”

Which is, naturally what street papers do each and every day. Why not pop out and support your local paper by buying one from your local vendor?