Letters from prison

Dear Friends, Hello. How is the Speak Up family doing? I miss you, and I’m sorry. I’m in the New York State Prison in Mid-State Correctional Facility.  I have two years more years to go. Please keep me in your prayers. Your Old Friend, fredrick Dear Friends,  Remember that notebook I filled with my writings, …

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Masks and Gloves

In preparation for reopening in July, we’ve collected hundreds of disposable masks and gloves for the homeless magazine vendors. On top of that, each vendor will be set up with contactless payments and the option to offer customers a digital-only magazine. We’d love your input as we move toward resuming street magazine sales. Do you have …

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Race issues at speak up

Like the surrounding community, homeless people are not exempt from racist experiences and tendencies. Many times I’ve heard folks say, “I don’t want to go to [that place] because they bully people like me. There are a lot of [other race] people there, and they don’t like [my race] people.” The homeless population reflects society at …

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We Have The Smartest People

Thanks for Sharing Your Thoughts! Thank you to those who replied to the recent email and post asking for input about how to bridge the “print to digital” divide. In particular: thanks Owen, Amy, Hamilton, Harry, John, Larry, and Ben for jumping into the conversation. Here Are Some of Your Ideas: Equip Speak Up vendors …

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Moving Forward

We (you, them, us) have been in this journey together for close to a decade. The folks facing homelessness write their stories, which are published into printed booklets. They sell those magazines and earn money. You buy their magazines, read the stories, engage them in meaningful community, and donate to keep it going. Looking ahead, …

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Speak Up is Not Fake News

Speak Up gives an authentic voice and a real work opportunity to people facing homelessness. This has never been more important than now, when distrust of leaders and media is at an all-time high. With Speak Up, You can know with confidence that stories you read in the magazine are written directly by people who …

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