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From Selma to Congress: Street Sense Vendors Meet Civil Rights Hero (and Trump bête noir) John Lewis

From Selma to Congress: Street Sense Vendors Meet Civil Rights Hero (and Trump bête noir) John Lewis

Photo: Ken Martin By Josh Maxey and Angie Whitehurst From Selma, Alabama, to the halls of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans alike agree that U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been a monumental figure in American politics. Since his youth, Lewis has made fighting for equality for all Americans his mission. While a student at Fisk

Street Sweeping in Denver, CO

By Giles Clasen Courtesy of INSP.ngo /Denver Voice Photos: Giles Clasen Denver police and cleanup crews armed with brooms and trash bags met angry homeless men and women last month on sidewalks just north of downtown Denver. The goal of those in uniform was to clean the sidewalks. The homeless campers feared they would lose their

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Talks About the High Stakes of Women’s Reproductive Freedoms

By Emily Green Courtesy of Street Roots / INSP.ngo. Before a national television audience, Ilyse Hogue took the stage on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and did the unthinkable—she spoke publicly about her abortion. Her words struck a chord. Abortion remains a highly divisive social issue that carries with it a

Prophets of Rage: “Elite Taskforce of Revolutionary Musicians” Take on Homelessness

By Ronald Dudley and Eric Falquero Courtesy of Street Sense / INSP.ngo. To say that Prophets of Rage is political doesn’t quite cover it. When reporters or pundits—from ABC to Bill Maher to Rolling Stone—call this combination of musicians from Cypress Hill, Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy a “supergroup,” guitarist Tom Morello is

Special Report: Attacks on LGBT people rarely prosecuted as hate crimes

Photo: Ludovic Bertron By Ned Parker and Mimi Dwyer Courtesy of INSP.ngo / Reuters Dionte Greene, a 22-year-old black gay male, was looking for a hook-up. He reached out to an 18-year-old stranger on Facebook. “I’m not interested in smoking weed with you, Travone,” Greene wrote to the teenager, Travone Shaw, in their first exchange.

Hollywood filmmakers turn the spotlight on world’s homelessness crisis

Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo / The Big Issue By Adrian Lobb and Steven MacKenzie Richard Gere is one of the most famous faces in cinema but during the making of his latest film, “Time Out of Mind,” in which he plays George, a homeless man living on the streets of New York, he

“No person should have to live or die homeless”: US street papers unite to cover National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day

Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo / Street Sense By Ethan Cohen, One Step Away; Colleen Cosgriff, Dottie Kramer and Reginald Black, Street Sense; Alex Ramirez, Spare Change News Photo: Alena Kuzub Just days before Christmas, thousands of people across the U.S. gathered to remember the homeless and formerly-homeless people who died in 2015. INSP members

“We need to fight for a world without poverty”: Pope Francis grants rare interview to street papers

By Stijn Fens and Jan-Willem Wits // Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo/Straatnieuws Photo credit: Frank Dries, Straatnieuws Pope Francis rarely grants interviews, but the opportunity to address international street papers was enough to persuade him that INSP was worth a spot in his busy diary. So, on Oct. 27, formerly homeless street-paper seller Marc

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