Voice for the Voiceless

Speak Up is an online magazine that gives a voice to the voiceless.

Storytellers facing homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and addiction share essays, interviews, videos, photos and art.

In Partnership with Pursuit Packs

Speak Up partners with Pursuit Packs—a charitable project that empowers people facing homelessness to earn lasting income by selling digital subscriptions.

Learn About Pursuit Packs

Each pack contains resources for someone on the streets to earn emergency cash, establish long-term recurring income, meet basic hygienic needs, and impact their community in a positive way.

Facing homelessness? Want to help someone facing homelessness?

Request a Pursuit Pack—either for yourself or someone in need. 100% free.

Volunteers anywhere give out out Pursuit Packs, empower storytellers, and support those in need with their social capital.

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Untold stories. Unheard voices. Homelessness, addiction, incarceration.


Matt Shaw

Editor of Speak Up, which gives a voice to writers facing homelessness. Passion project is Open Door People — a community for those who know we are better together.

Johanna Elattar

I'm a writer from New York. I'm of Middle Eastern and European background. I live in New York, and I'm currently working on a novel. The novel is based on a childhood incident that affected me deeply throughout my life. I will be posting the novel