People experiencing social difficulties in Munich have been selling street paper Biss for 30 years. Tibor Adamec has been there since the start – and not only gains money, but also self-confidence, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Hinz&Kunzt, Trott-War, drobs, Strassenkreuzer, Asphalt – there are around 25 street papers throughout Germany. They are sold by people who are on the margins of society, poor and sometimes homeless.
One of the best-known is the Munich magazine Biss – and not just because the dazzling fashion czar Rudolph Moshammer supported the project, even after his death.
It was the first street paper to be founded in Germany, following the example of other countries such as the UK and the US. On 17 October, Biss celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The fight against poverty unites the papers, which work according to similar principles.
“They give people a quick, dignified and legal way to make money while addressing the causes of poverty through journalism and advocacy,” writes the International Network of Street Newspapers (INSP), based in Glasgow, Scotland, which represents 90 newspapers worldwide in 35 countries.
“To effectively combat poverty, we need to listen to the people who have experienced it.”
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