NYC will start forcibly removing mentally ill people from the streets. Is this a good idea?Most of the people removed are likely to be homeless or vulnerably housed. “The move will include hospitalizing people from the subways and stre…
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I am grateful for the rain as well as the sunshine; the floods as well as the drought; the famine as well as the plentiful; the naked as well as the…
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A week of essays on thanksgiving and gratitude
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Sometimes stuff gets in the way of life.
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In search of a shower (and dignity).
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Winter is knocking. I'm not ready.
Introducing "I AM VINCE" — a new publication by Vince Shumate
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In July 2021, Speak Up’s Lana Shaw met Micheal Glass and Crystal Coffman (who went by “Gypsy Glass”) in Black Mountain, NC. Writing on Facebook, Lana…
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Why I evicted myself from my own house.
I have an address now and it’s not just a mailing address, it’s an actual place where I live. It’s a place where I’m able to really live and not simply…
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From Nickolas Laumann of Prison Writers
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We've been sitting on this wild story for years. It is being released for subscribers only.