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September Swansong: A look back on the month’s street paper covers

We bid farewell to September by having a look back at the best of the street paper covers from the month.

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INSP Awards: Finalists for the 2017 Best Project Award

Our last set of finalists are here – which innovative projects have captured our imagination and made it to the top five?

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Summer cover-lovin’: our round-up of July’s covers

We’ve been having a blast looking at the highlights from July of what our network has been producing.

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Our round-up of June’s street paper covers

June has been and gone in a flash – but we’ve taken time to stop and look back on a superb month of street paper covers.

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INSP Awards: Best Vendor Contribution 2017 Nominees

The final set of nominees are here – have a look to see who’s made the top ten in the Best Vendor Contribution category.

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INSP Awards: Discover our Best News Feature Nominees for 2017

This year’s nominees for Best News Feature are in – take a look at the stories that have captured our imagination and made the longlist.

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INSP Awards: Best Cultural Feature Nominees for 2017

What do Game of Thrones, Jon Bon Jovi and a street cat named Bob have in common? They’re all topics of our Best Cultural Feature nominees in this year’s INSP Awards!

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“It’s impossible to count the number of lives Michael Stoops changed”

U.S. campaigner Michael Stoops, who passed away this week, spent decades fighting for people experiencing homelessness. Street Sense pays tribute.

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Our vendors: Sheila White (Street Sense, Washington D.C., USA)

Sheila has lost many things in her life, but never her creativity or her desire to make a difference. Through art, poetry and activism, she uses her experience with homelessness to educate the public and advocate for others in her position.

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Vendor wishes: “My goal is starting school”

Today in our vendor wishes series, Street Sense vendor Sheila has a message for the US government about affordable housing.

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“How will you reach out to people like me?” street papers respond to President Trump

International street paper staff and vendors responded with surprise and apprehension following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the USA.

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Hundreds gather in D.C. to spread the love at event organised by former Street Sense vendor

Hundreds gathered in Washington D.C.’s Franklin Square Park for a community event organised by former Street Sense vendor Don Gardner.

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Hundreds gather in D.C. for ex-Street Sense vendor’s community event

Former Street Sense vendor Don Gardner’s Real Love Ministry aims to provide entertainment and spiritual fulfilment as well as food and clothing. They brought hundreds together in Washington D.C.

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Prophets of Rage: “elite taskforce of revolutionary musicians” take on homelessness

“Homelessness is a crime. It’s almost a war crime,” says guitarist Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine and now rocking again with supergroup Prophets of Rage. They spoke to street paper vendor Ronald Dudley (a.k.a. rapper Pookanu) before the first show of their Make America Rage Again tour.

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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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EmergencyBnB: can the sharing economy be a caring economy?

Washington D.C social entrepreneur Amr Arafa’s EmergencyBnB is more than just AirBnB with a twist. It’s offering hope to refugees and victims of domestic violence.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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“I’m in the country now” Street Sense vendor reflects on new life on the farm

Street Sense vendor Eric Thomson-Bey recently left Washington D.C. for employment on a farm in Pennsylvania. He reflects on his new rural life.

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Street Sense vendor explains why his paper is a “lifeline from drowning in depression”

In this uplifting and inspiring personal essay, Damon Smith explains exactly what it means to be a street paper vendor. He reveals how selling Street Sense in Washington D.C. helped him overcome the “mental torture” of homelessness.

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Our vendors: Martin Walker (Street Sense, Washington DC, USA)

“I felt the reality of poverty,” says Martin Walker of his upbringing in Southeast DC. His mother worked full-time but paying the bills for her five children was a constant struggle.

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Sizzling summer street paper covers are animal mad!

Soak up a summery selection of animal-mad street paper covers with pugs, wolves, chickens, seagulls and crabs – plus Pikachu and the fish star of Finding Dory.

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Washington D.C. Street Sense vendor stands with Baton Rouge

Street Sense vendor and artist Angie Whitehurst reflects on the death of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who died in an altercation with white police earlier this month. Here, Angie praises the “fierce resistance to violence” of the vast majority of protesters.

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Brexit: world’s street papers react

The UK’s monumental decision to leave the EU sent shockwaves around the world. In the wake of the referendum vote, we hear from the world’s street papers about their views on Brexit.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 were announced tonight in Athens during a glamorous celebration of excellence and innovation in street papers worldwide. Discover who took home the top awards.

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INSP Awards: meet our finalists for Best Vendor Contribution to a street paper

From an insight into life on the streets to a gripping personal account of the Gulf War, discover our six finalists for Best Vendor Contribution in this year’s INSP Awards.

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INSP Awards: finalists revealed for best street paper reporting

We’ve seen some incredible news reporting from our street paper network this year. From a Papal audience to interviews with North Korean defectors, discover our five finalists competing for a coveted INSP Award next week.

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Wendy Oxenhorn on co-founding world’s first street paper in New York City

Street Sense bring us a fascinating slice of street paper history in this interview with Wendy Oxenhorn, who founded the world’s first street paper in New York circa 1989. Her model inspired a global movement, which now numbers 112 publications in 35 countries, all supported by INSP.

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Campaigning and celebrating with April’s street paper covers

The mood in the network feels celebratory this April, with some big anniversaries and some big names. Street paper covers applaud some true heroes – including Luke Skywalker, Korean escapees, and our vendors.

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INSP Awards: Street paper vendors’ writing, art and photography vies for international prize

Street paper vendors face multiple barriers to having to their voice heard, but INSP street papers are a powerful platform. These are some of the best vendor contributions in the last year.

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INSP Awards: best street paper reporting from 2015/16

A Papal audience, an incredible story of a family reunited & a Serbian street paper reaching out to refugees: just the beginning of our Best News Feature nominees.

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Insider’s view as US airport moves against homeless inhabitants

Reagan National Airport near Washington DC recently changed their rules to “effectively ban homeless people from staying there.” Street Sense vendors report.

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March’s covers reveal the power of illustration

From fierce illustrations to wild covers, experience dozens of the world’s best street paper artwork from the last month.

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World’s street papers celebrate #VendorWeek 2016

It’s only Day 2 and INSP’s fourth international #VendorWeek is already in full swing. Here’s how dozens of street papers are joining the celebration worldwide.

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Homelessness wasn’t always a crisis in the US: Street Sense’s Brian Carome interviewed

“I find it outrageous that in a country with such wealth, we have people who are living outside,” says Street Sense director. Listen to the interview here.

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INSP Advent Calendar: day 19

Support the homeless, and don’t judge the book by its cover, says Phillip in today’s window of the #INSPadvent calendar. Open to read more…

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Explore dozens of this month’s brilliant street paper covers

The Pope, Bond, Naomi Klein, great illustrations… and a blue wolf. It must be November’s street paper covers.

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Street Sense social worker celebrated for work empowering homeless vendors

A social worker at a street paper is rare, but Julie helps Street Sense vendors into housing and back on their feet.

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October’s worldwide INSP street paper covers are inspiring… and a bit creepy

What happens when you’ve got hundreds of creative people around the world in your network? Some awesome street paper covers, that’s what!

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Richard Gere: street paper vendors are “heroes”

“Your vendors are out there, they have done something heroic. They’ve pulled themselves out of a very deep ditch and they didn’t do it by themselves,” says Pretty Woman star.

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Check out these amazing street paper covers from September

INSP supports more than 100 street papers across the world. Here are a selection of our favourite international covers over the last month…

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Finding Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina

Street Sense vendor Gerald Anderson has written a dramatic book about how he used the skills he learned in prison to rescue people during the aftermath of the hurricane.

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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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The D.C. photo blog putting a face on homelessness

“Homeless people, and homeless veterans, are people too. They don’t need a hand out, but a hand up.”

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Our vendors: Henrieese Roberts – Street Sense, Maryland, USA

Henrieese Roberts sells American street paper Street Sense on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland. She is also a fierce advocate of HIV/AIDS awareness and policy reform.

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Washington street paper crowdfunds to give vendors Digital Hope

UPDATE: We’re happy to report that this project has been fully funded.  A Washington DC street paper is tapping into the creativity and sales experience of its vendors to help them start their own digital […]

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INSP: 20 years helping street papers change lives

By Callum McSorley For many people living in poverty or sleeping on the streets, becoming the vendor of a street paper can save their lives. Given their first copies and a pitch to sell on, […]