Real Change
Real Change
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Last week in not-so-sunny Scotland, figures from the worlds of business, politics, sports and entertainment took to the two main city streets to help sell The Big Issue. The Big Sell-off, staged in Glasgow and Edinburgh, was created by the Glasgow-based International Network of Street Papers (INSP) and The Big Issue and was part of INSP’s annual International Street Paper Vendor Week, a way of celebrating the 14,000 people in 40 countries across the world who sell “street papers” as a means of lifting themselves out of poverty.


Here in Seattle, much like The Big Issue, there’s a positive interaction with the homeless, in the form of Real Change newspaper. Not only will it educate you about the plight of and programs for the homeless in the area, but those who sell it earn a living by hawking the paper, thus allowing for one less panhandler on the street, and one more person with a job in Seattle. And “Larry” is my regular go-to vendor each Wednesday when the paper comes out, perched at his usual pitch outside Ben Bridge’s on the corner of 4th and Pike, where he figures the high-rollers coming out of the upmarket jewellers should feel guilty enough not to ignore him.


Like all Real Change vendors I have met, Larry is always polite, quite a character and interesting to talk to. So next time you spot a street paper vendor such as Real Change or The Big Issue, please stop, buy a paper and have a chat with him/her.


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