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Protest The Protect IP Act


Below is a message from WordPress, about the Internet Censorship Bill: Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this … Continue reading

New Format For YouTube


In December 2011 after spending a $100 million in redesign, YouTube launched it’s new Google centred design. The new avatar is not about ‘you and me’ on the popular user generated video site anymore, but is an amalgamation of poor and limited content from 100 odd ‘Google You Tube partners’ from Disney to Jay Z’s … Continue reading

Community Art Improves Society


Community-based art is creative expression that emerges from communities of people working together to improve their individual and collective circumstances. Community-based art involves a wide range of social contexts and definitions, and includes an understanding of “communities” that includes not only geographical places, but also groups of people identified with historical or ethnic traditions, or … Continue reading

Three Million Dollars Funding For Homeless Older Australians


The Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot have announced a $3 million grant to Wintringham, a Melbourne-based organisation that provides affordable housing and support services to frail, elderly homeless people. The $3 million grant will expand the service by assisting with the construction of a 60-place residential aged care facility … Continue reading

Australian Socceroos Stars Support Homeless World Cup


Australia’s ‘Socceroos’ have thrown their support behind the sixth annual Homeless World Cup, which started on Monday in Melbourne. They urge everyone to show support for the unsung heroes of this life-changing event. The Homeless World Cup is a world-class international football tournament that has triggered and supports grass roots football programmes in over 60 … Continue reading

Australia Internet Censorship and Sedition Laws


Australia is set to introduce compulsory internet censorship, supposedly to control access to anorexia and bulimia sites. It would appear only a matter of time before it is expanded to incorporate the new sedition laws, introduced in 2005. Governments around the world and throughout history have always used a softening approach to introduce controversial, unconstitutional … Continue reading

Barack Obama May Not Be The Antichrist


There’s a lot on the internet recently about Barack Obama supposedly being the Antichrist, including a post that claims nobody knows anything about his origins.  While there may be real concerns about his past, much of what is being written seems to be deliberately misleading. Now I’m not American, but I did live in Hawaii … Continue reading

Macedonia Ulica Magazine


In Macedonia, the Ulica magazine is a social venture for tackling poverty, with unemployed and homeless people selling the magazine on the streets. Ulica magazine primarily represents ideas of an open society at a relatively wide scope, and addresses issues of human rights, social issues, health and culture. It is a social magazine that combines … Continue reading

Denmark: EU Declaration Against Homelessness


A majority of EU parliamentarians has signed a declaration stating that homelessness should be eradicated in Europe before 2015. But it seems that there is a long way from the promising words of a declaration to real action. Within seven years, homelessness in EU member states must be a thing of the past. That is … Continue reading

Norway Street Magazine Seller’s Day


A reporter follows a day in the life of a street magazine seller in Norway, and finds a life of drugs and poverty. But she also finds that Svien is not the stereotype most people associate with streeties and drug users. Megafon Magazine is sold in Bergen, Norway, and is a member of the INSP.  … Continue reading

Canada Homeless Targeted by City’s Security Guards


In Vancouver, Canada, the homeless are allegedly being targeted by uniformed security guards, hired and paid for by a city sponsored organisation.  This is apparently in an effort to hide the city’s homelessness problem when the Winter Olympics is run in 2010. This story was originally run in Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver, Canada  August edition, a … Continue reading

Homeless Man Wins £2.6 million


After five years at Sainsbury’s as a warehouseman, Herbert Plant lost his job in 2006, and ended up living on the streets.  In June this year, Herbert won £2.6 million with a lottery ticket he bought from the same store that sacked him. The 49 year old, from Blackpole, Worcester, UK, said he would continue … Continue reading

Brazil: Street People’s Christmas


From Boca de Runa, Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 2008 edition comes the Brazilian magazine’s street vendor’s own stories of what Christmas means to them, and how they spend it. These stories show that, no matter what the circumstances, homeless people have the same basic values and hopes that everybody shares. These stories could have been … Continue reading

Texas Homeless Hate Crimes


From the Austin Advocate, Texas, Summer Edition, comes the news that the Texas Senate refused to pass a bill that would protect the homeless from violence and death. The proposed legislation called for vilification of a person simply because they were homeless to be classified as a hate crime, but the Senate didn’t agree the … Continue reading

INSP Street Papers


These stories are stories about the poor and vulnerable in our society; stories of social injustice and inequality, in Australia and overseas. This particular story is about the International Network Of Street Publications (INSP). Some of the stories to come are taken from INSP publications around the world. Others are inspired by issues in the … Continue reading

Australia Homeless Person’s Week


National Homeless Person’s Week is held in Australia in the first week of every August, It encourages people to become involved to understand homelessness in their local area, as well as the community as a whole. Homeless Person’s Week this year is from August 4th to August 10th. Homelessness Australia suggests the following as ways … Continue reading

Millions Homeless After Burma Cyclone


The Burmese government continues to show its contempt for human life, being unable to pin down the exact number dead or homeless. This is in stark contrast to their exact figures for livestock lost – 1,250,194 chickens and 136,804 buffaloes, including three owned by the government, according to reports in the UK Guardian today.. Cyclone … Continue reading

Five Million Homeless After Chinese Earthquake


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang has issued an urgent international appeal for 3.3 million tents and temporary shelters, to aid the 5 ½  million people left homeless in China as a result of the May 12th earthquake, and subsequent aftershocks.  More than 15 million homes were destroyed in the Chengdu based disaster, and these … Continue reading

Australian Homeless Youth Numbers Double


The National Youth Commission (NYC) this month released it’s report on youth homelessness, stating that the number of youths aged 12-25 and homeless has doubled in the past twenty years.  This age group now makes up one third of the total 100,000 (estimated) homeless population in Australia. About half of all homeless youths are turned … Continue reading

Seattle Underground Homeless


Are homeless people living in undeveloped parts of Seattle’s abandoned underground city? From speaking with some of the locals, it would seem that, unpleasant as it is, some homeless do actually live in the underground city. I did the tou, and later talked to the tour guide away from the group. I noticed large holes … Continue reading

Australian Charities Helping Themselves


About 90% of Australian people donate an average of $400 per person to charity each year. But how much do the charities use to help others, and how much do they use to help themselves? A survey by Choice magazine last month showed some surprising results. Of the 11 major charities surveyed, all with exactly … Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s Homelessness Crisis


It looks like Robert Mugabe’s reign of terror in Zimbabwe is coming to an end. While the African leader may be departing soon (hopefully), it will take years, or even decades, to make a hole in the homelessness and economic crises he created. The economic destruction of Zimbabwe is appalled by all around the world. … Continue reading

Australian Street Person Starts Homelessness Projects Funding


A lot of the streeties (street people) have interesting lives and backgrounds.  One such guy I met, and developed a certain respect for, was Shane S, who managed to convince Queensland Premier Peter Beattie to come up with $135 million dollars in Homelessness Projects Funding..  Shane sold the Big Issue in Brisbane.  He also held … Continue reading

Australian Government Deserts Homeless Foreigner


Walter was a foreign citizen who came to Australia to work, became gravely ill, and ended up on the streets because if the illness. He faced permanent blindness and eventually death, yet the Australian government would do nothing to help him. At the time I met Walter (not his real name), I was working for … Continue reading

Unjust Rent Increases Force People Onto The Streets


One of the most despicable actions forcing people onto the streets are the tactics of unscrupulous real estate agents (realtors). These unconscionable people play on the fact that, with rising interest rates, many people are forced out of the homes they own. Therefore, there are now more people looking for rentals than there are rentals … Continue reading

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