Street Roots

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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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A journey toward redemption begins at Street Roots

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Please help us keep the enterprise strong

How George Clinton stays funky as all hell

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:00
Woody McDonald The funk legend is stepping back – but not before he completes one final tour

The ultra-rich who give with one hand, take with the other

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:30
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Winners Take All, the Elite Charade of Changing the World’ by Anand Giridharadas

I found my way, thanks to my mentors

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Because of the support and guidance I received since childhood, I see a higher purpose

Street Roots vendor profile: Proud of how far he has come

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Mykel has led a troubled life but has become 'a really good person'

Oregon considers peer-led centers for sober socializing and support after treatment ends

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green A bill in the House would help people make it to the five-year mark, where chance of relapse drops drastically

Oh, the places we could go!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Proposed portable toilets would shift funds used to clean up homeless camps toward facilities that foster dignity and public health

How rural is rural? Housing advocates want narrower definition

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:00
Amanda Waldroupe A new 'frontier' designation would benefit Oregon’s small, remote communities that now compete with suburbs for construction money, they argue – but the state isn’t so sure

Comedian Maria Bamford is not afraid to get personal

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 07:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot The ‘Lady Dynamite’ star doesn’t hesitate to talk about her mental health, her ‘structures of intimacy’ and how much she makes

Street Roots vendor profile: Experiences around the world

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill When Michone came to Street Roots, he discovered a passion: poetry

Housing on the Oregon Coast: What about The Big One?

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 05:00
Kaisa Schlarb Mitigating Clatsop County’s housing crisis is complicated by another looming emergency: the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami

PERS reform sticks it to teachers, other underpaid public employees

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 04:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | Oregon business lobbyists scapegoat public workers while ignoring corporate responsibility for budget cuts

Have you met Scott McCaughey?

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 02:00
Jason Cohen Eighteen months after suffering a stroke, the Portland indie legend returns in both Filthy Friends and The Minus 5

Two walkouts; two very different futures for our children

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | As teachers demanded stability for Oregon’s youths, GOP senators refused to make the investment

Extinction Rebellion: Disruption and arrests can bring social change

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 07:00
Alexander Hensby COMMENTARY | The scale of Extinction Rebellion’s latest protests has forced climate activism into the mainstream conversation

Portland mental health responders, an alternative to police, usually bring cops

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green A heavy reliance on law enforcement is a departure from the original intent of the Multnomah County-funded Project Respond

A deep history of bigotry and othering in the U.S.

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:00
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | "American Intolerance: Our Dark History of Demonizing Immigrants” by Robert E. Bartholomew and Anja E. Reumschüssel

Pilot project helps Street Roots vendors expunge their records

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Vendors and attorneys partner for “Expungement Palooza"

Homeless: Living with stress, and trying to live without it

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 03:00
Aliza Saunders Some people on the streets find ways to unwind; others say chronic stress makes it impossible to relax

4 common myths about day laborers

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 02:00
Marvin Peña COMMENTARY | Don't think day laborers make valuable contributions to our community? Wrong.


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

- Brian Lindstrom, Filmmaker