International Network of Street Papers/NANSA directory/NCH URL

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 14:18:23 -0700 (PDT)


FWD found at http://www.bigissue.com/insp/index.htm
    See end of post for related URLs for NANSA & NCH

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INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF STREET NEWSPAPERS

The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) encourages the
exchange of ideas between partner papers and holds an annual
conference to discuss the exciting developments and challenges in
this dynamic movement for social change.

INSP has 21 members spanning three continents.

Membership of INSP is based upon being a signatory of the Street
Paper Charter which outlines the principles of the Network:

1 - aiming to help socially excluded people help themselves (in some
countries only homeless people apply in this category), through
providing them with the means of earning an income and facilitating
their re-integration into society, through providing social support.

2 - using all post-investment profits to finance social support for the
vendors or the socially excluded. Each paper supplies its annual
accounts to an agreed independent organisation for the purpose of
financial transparency.

3 - aiming to provide vendors with a voice in the media and
campaigning on behalf of the socially excluded.

4 - aiming towards creating quality street papers, which the vendors
are proud to sell and the public are happy to buy. This breaks the
cycle of dependency through empowerment.

5 - aiming towards social responsibility in business in terms of
editorial, staff, vendor and environmental policies.

6 - supporting prospective street papers that share a common
philosophy and intend to sign the street paper charter.

 7 - that no charter street paper shall enter the established selling area
of an existing charter member.


INSP has links with the North American Street Newspapers Association
(NASNA) http://www.speakeasy.org/~nasna/ launched in Chicago in l996. For
the
Directory of North American street papers http://nch.ari.net/streetnews/
contact the National Coalition for the Homeless http://nch.ari.net/
based in Washington DC.

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