posted on 12:12 PM, January 21, 2013
Megaphone is a street newspaper sold across Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. Megaphone’s goal is to provide a voice and economic opportunities to homeless and low-income people while building grassroots support to end poverty. The paper is published every two weeks, and vendors purchase each issue for $0.75. Vendors sell Megaphone on the streets for a suggested donation of $2, and they keep the profit. Through selling Megaphone, many vendors have been able to upgrade their housing situation, save money to travel and visit family, and engage in other activities that have helped improve their quality of life. Jackie Wong is a freelance journalist and one of Megaphone’s editors. This year, Jackie is working with The Tyee to write a series of articles that explore housing through a social-justice lens. Jackie’s Sasamat Leadership Program presentation will explore the causes of urban homelessness and what individuals can do to help build a more just, equitable city.