Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. Published every two weeks by the not-for-profit Street Corner Media Foundation, vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine for a suggested donation of $2. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.
Megaphone's goal is to provide a voice and an economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people while building grassroots support to end poverty.
Megaphone has more than 30 homeless and low-income vendors selling the magazine. Many of the vendors are struggling with various barriers—whether that's homelessness, addiction or a mental illness. Selling the paper gives our vendors a sense of pride and has helped some get housing, overcome their addiction and become more comfortable with their mental or physical illnesses. By giving them a place and a voice in their community it helps raise their self-esteem.
Published by professional journalists and designers, Megaphone Magazine raises awareness about important social justice and progressive issues in Vancouver. The magazine also features writing from vendors and stories and poems from our Downtown Eastside writing workshops.
Megaphone runs 10 writing workshops in the Downtown Eastside and downtown Vancouver for marginalized writers. These workshops are run in treatment centres, social housing building and community centres.
The purpose of running the workshop was to help provide marginalized writers with a therapeutic opportunity to express themselves and possibly have these writing published in Megaphone. By having these stories published in the magazine, residents from across the city gain a better understanding of the issues affecting marginalized residents and help break down stereotypes.
Key contributing partners for the writing workshops are PHS Community Services Society and the City of Vancouver.