Each month, more than 250 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors get a hand up to helping themselves by selling the Real Change weekly newspaper, a Seattle weekly activist publication with an ear to the street. The publication is sold by Seattle's homeless, and helps them earn the money they need to get ahead. The Real Change readers are educated, socially-concerned, and loyal. They respect and depend upon the newspaper's award-winning journalism for information about their community and how they can get involved and make a difference. The publication strives to create fairness, opportunity and community by covering issues that socially conscious people want to know about, from topics surrounding poor and homelessness, to stories about labor, the environment, public health and civil liberties (to name a few). See http://www.realchangenews.org
Out of the Margins is a project developed in partnership between Real Change and the Seattle Public Library. This ongoing series of literary arts workshops aims to empower and build confidence through offering the underserved public access to educational and creative opportunities at the Seattle Public Library. Volunteers from the local arts community lead weekly workshops around activities from poetry and short stories to bookarts and drama. These workshops, while aimed at being safe and inviting for homeless and low-income individuals, are open to the entire Seattle Public Library community, thus creating a unique and inclusive space for dialogue and expression across unnecessarily divisive social boundaries. See http://www.realchangenews.org/otm.html
Watch these great videos:
Changes Them ... Changes You
and Real Change in Seattle (from a NW Cable News report)
And read Apesma's Lament ~ the blog of Tim Harris, Executive Director of Real Change.