Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

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Edward Snowden revealed to the world the great extent of government overreach and mass surveillance on a national scale. As the 2015 Oregon Legislature convenes in Salem next week, curbing warrantless spying here at home should be at the top of its agenda.

With Sens. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and Reps. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) and John...


A common misnomer in many communities, including Portland, is that when you offer services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty, you attract more people experiencing homelessness. We call it the magnet myth.

The reality is this kind of thinking doesn’t translate to the realities local communities face throughout the country. More...


Despite the 24-hour nonstop work ethic of this digital age, employees aren’t machines. They have families, children, unexpected life events and sometimes they get sick. Unfortunately, too many in our workforce are unable to take a day or two away from work — without being financially burdened by a loss in wages or worse — to get well.

It’s an obstacle to real health care...

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