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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She was raised to preach hate – until she broke free from Westboro Baptist Church

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:00
Samantha B. McMurdock Megan Phelps-Roper explains how her family micromanaged church members and how Twitter eventually led her to understanding

Athletics Director Valerie Cleary stands out at Portland State

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 03:00
DeVon Pouncey While there are barriers for women of color in her field, she says, there are also advantages

SR editorial: Fears about homelessness get in the way of opportunities

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 02:00
SR editorial board A statewide state of emergency could lead to real solutions without fear standing in the way

Blumenauer criticizes Postal Service changes, plans public forum in Portland

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 07:00
Christen McCurdy Late mail, wrong addresses, extra hours — ‘consolidated casing’ is drawing criticism as a push toward privatizing mail delivery

Dreaming of getting back home

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Home is more than housing, but housing is the first step to healing

Street Roots 2019 annual report: Big year in the books, big year ahead

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:00
Street Roots We marked our 20th anniversary, launched the Portland Street Response campaign, delivered powerful journalism, and more

Street Roots vendor profile: A published author, thanks to this job

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:00
Helen Hill Steven wrote his book while homeless, and he used money he earned selling papers to get it published

Portland a battleground over immigration and health care

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:00
Anna Pedersen Nadia Dahab, a local attorney involved in the legal fight against Trump’s policy banning immigrants who can’t pay for health care, says the White House is subverting Congress

Yes to declaring a statewide emergency on homelessness

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | This isn’t just a Portland problem; it’s an Oregon problem

Oregon joins lawsuit over SNAP changes

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:00
Joanne Zuhl The Trump administration's rule change would cut food assistance to about 20,000 Oregonians

Wendell Pierce: You create the life you want

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 07:00
Adrian Lobb ‘The Wire’ was a game-changer for the actor, and his hard work has paid off, he says in a letter to his younger self

How housing laws fail transgender Americans

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 06:00
Jonah DeChants COMMENTARY | Trans people experiencing homelessness find few protections from HUD

A dusty plot of land? To Shorty, it was a canvas

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 05:00
Sara Kirschenbaum COMMENTARY | Shorty’s Corner, a spot near I-205 adorned with ever-changing sculptures, was a Portland treasure

Street Roots vendor profile: Blessed with a voice

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton It’s no surprise Marty is a gifted singer; he has relatives who are famous musicians

Camp sweeps have a human toll; just look at Debbie Ann Beaver

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 03:00
Desiree Hellegers COMMENTARY | The Portland woman died in July, a victim of the 'cleanup' policy the city is doubling down on

Nick Fish helped transform how Portland would tackle homelessness

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 02:00
Israel Bayer COMMENTARY | The commissioner’s coalition-building style created lasting improvements in how we look at solving the crisis

City efforts should lead to health and housing, not more suffering

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 08:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Portland City Council approves $4.5 million annual contract for Rapid Response Bio Clean

With this Ring: Is the Amazon device sealing an unholy marriage between police and Big Data?

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy We asked Evan Greer with Fight for the Future, the group that’s suing the company

Design public space for homeless people? This Memphis nonprofit did

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00
Emily Nonko As it relocates its headquarters, a homeless-services nonprofit is prioritizing the surrounding area to meet the lifestyle needs of the people it serves

The next big thing: Dopamine fasting

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 05:30
Ciara McCabe COMMENTARY | An expert reviews the latest craze in Silicon Valley

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Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard
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