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Chat about summer

WritersGroup

July 25, 2016 by admin

A. Allan My favorite part of the summer is the outdoor festivities because the weather is nice and the city puts on a lot of free festivals including the Jazz, Blues, and Gospel Fests. We also have the Air & Water Show, Taste of Chicago, and you can also participate in fun activities such as[…]

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Robert Qualls

Vendor Robert Qualls

July 19, 2016 by admin

by Dave Hamilton What brought you to StreetWise? A friend of mine was selling StreetWise and he had money. He told me he sold StreetWise magazines. I asked him, “Can I join?” and he said, “Sure.” I didn’t take it seriously at first, but it did the job. It was helping me supplement some bills[…]

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Eric Colbert continues his Journey

Vendor Eric Colbert

July 5, 2016 by admin

Homelessness is a personal story that may be filled with horror, sadness, joy, madness and love. I’ve been told that my earlier stories have impacted people’s hearts with a realness that I always try to share with my customers. lf you remember from my last plight, I was beginning a new journey to retrieve that[…]

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A.Allen on Diversity

Vendor A. Allen

July 5, 2016 by admin

I am personally grateful for community, commonality, and similarities, but I also understand the importance of embracing diversity. Commonality in my community meant we had a common denominator of being black, uneducated and poor. Most of us felt we had been dealt a bad hand and stuck in a situation we could not get out[…]

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Donald Morris

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June 20, 2016 by admin

by Yasmin Kinay I heard about StreetWise from vendors downtown. I would see them selling the papers and talked with them about how to get started. I used to sell the Sun Times for 21 years and I always sold out, I even helped develop the Sun Times into a sales force downtown. Because of[…]

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Thoughts on Diversity

Vendor Diane Wilkins

June 13, 2016 by admin

I experience diversities every day of my life; my customers are very different. Dealing with my race is very difficult. The majority look at me like I am some sort of disease, while my white customers embrace me with love and respect. I love and respect each and every one of my customers. I have[…]

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Dennis Barker

DennisBarker

June 6, 2016 by admin

by Corey Kuhn Morning is a cherished time for early-morning riser Dennis Barker. Waking up every day at 5 a.m., he always starts his day with a cup of coffee and some meditation or pieces of literature. This morning routine allows him to start fresh and gives him a peace of mind before facing the[…]

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Roscoe Village remembers Dave Urban

DaveUrban

May 23, 2016 by admin

by Julie Youngquist Dave Urban sold StreetWise Magazine outside of the Starbuck’s at the corner of Roscoe and Seeley in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Dave passed away on March 30. Dave’s contribution to the Roscoe Village neighborhood extended far beyond his sales. Customers, community members, and business owners remember Dave as a friend to everyone.[…]

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Ryan Finley

RyanFinley

May 16, 2016 by admin

by Dominick Decarlo Chicago is a little bit different from where I’m from. Well, maybe a lot different. Growing up in the rural town of Yazoo, Mississippi, a child becomes an adult early on. In the town of 1,200 people, I became a man early on, not by choice, but by necessity. I started working[…]

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Diane Wilkins faces motherhood and eviction

Vendor Diane Wilkins with her daughter and grandchildren at the North Magazine Launch Party. Photo by Mike Rivera

May 9, 2016 by admin

by Diane Wilkins Eviction is a very serious problem. I’m a single parent and two years ago I lost my apartment because I refused to sign a paper stating that my 25-year-old son, who is bipolar, couldn’t visit me even if I was sick. He was labeled as a gang member because of his long[…]

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