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Speak Up Magazine | A Voice for the Voiceless

More than a Magazine

Speak Up provides a unique work opportunity for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Individuals can become micro-enterprise owners who buy and sell copies of Speak Up publications and keep a generous profit.

The publications cover issues of homelessness and social justice and are written by volunteers, industry experts and current and formerly homeless writers.

Income Opportunity

Speak Up Magazine is primarily sold by homeless and vulnerably-housed individuals. Dignity replaces dependency.


Voice for the Voiceless

Speak Up’s weekly writing workshops helps marginalized people write and share their stories.


Speak Up’s empowering model equips people to become micro-enterprises and discover financial independence.

Expanding Impact

Speak Up was founded in Charlotte, NC, in 2011. After three years of operation, in mid-2014, we launched a second chapter in Traverse City, MI. Each region authors and produces a unique monthly issue of Speak Up Zine, which is sold or distributed by vulnerably-housed people.

Charlotte | Traverse City  | Speak Up Local