Read “Unceded Territory” by by Joshua Hergesheimer writing for Megaphone magazine. Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Published monthly by the not-for-profit Street Corner Media Foundation, vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine for $2. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.
Megaphone has more than 40 vendors selling the magazine. Many of the vendors struggle with various barriers—homelessness, addiction or a mental illness. Selling the paper gives the vendors a voice in their community and raises their self-esteem.
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Published by professional journalists and designers, Megaphone magazine covers important social justice issues, general interest stories and independent arts in Vancouver and Victoria. The magazine also features writing from vendors and members of our community writing workshops.
Megaphone runs a series of writing workshops in Vancouver for marginalized writers. These workshops are run in treatment centres, social housing building and community centres. The workshops give people a therapeutic opportunity to express themselves and get published in Megaphone. By having these stories in the magazine, readers gain a personal and powerful account of what it’s like to live in poverty.