Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

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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Vendor Marlon Crump delivers a speech in front of more than 200 Street Roots supporters at the Street Roots Family Breakfast after receiving the 2014 Vendor of the Year award. Photo by Diego Diaz

When Marlon Crump is standing on his turf in front of the Standard Insurance building on SW 4th and Salmon with a stack of Street...


One of my first mentors on the streets was the great Genny Nelson, co-founder of Sisters Of The Road. Genny has mentored dozens of organizers, agitators, policy makers, writers and artists over the years. Her life’s work has a footprint on both Portland politics and how we work with people experiencing homelessness.

Genny once told me,  “...


At McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG), we have never been shy about articulating our vision for a just and joyful Oregon. For nearly four decades, we’ve funded innovative grassroots groups advancing social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. We invest nearly half a...

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