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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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Oregon disability advocates call for ban on using K-9s on inmates

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:00
Joanne Zuhl The practice of using police dogs to intimidate inmates is dangerous and unnecessary, Disability Rights Oregon says

Unpaid fine? The poorer you are, the more you owe

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Oregon’s monetary sanctions punish the poor more harshly and tether them to the criminal justice system for years after their initial ticket or fee

Home, on hold: Long waitlists a symptom of Portland housing crisis

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 05:00
John Emshwiller Multnomah County’s waitlists for local and federal housing subsidies closed in 2016, leaving people in need of homes feeling anxious and defeated

Rural Oregon food pantries: Reflections from a photojournalist

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00
Celeste Noche While covering housing in Ontario, Street Roots photographer Celeste Noche discovers that food can be a unifier

Mark Lakeman helps tackle the housing crisis with creativity, compassion

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 03:30
Helen Hill The revolutionary Portland architect talks to Street Roots about the impact of the village mentality

Veteran homelessness grows across Oregon

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Rural counties see the greatest increase, with 73 percent living unsheltered in those areas

Director’s Desk: We’re energized after election; help us keep fighting

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Together, we will continue to fight for our future

Oregon sexual assault survivor is setting the expectation for college athletes

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:00
Jason Cohen Brenda Tracy is working to combat rape culture in sports

She Shreds editor Fabi Reyna celebrates 5 years with her groundbreaking magazine

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 04:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot She Shreds is a revolutionary platform for female guitarists

Why teens keep the secret of sexual abuse

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 03:00
Libby Dowsett Child-abuse prevention shouldn't be the responsibility of victims who feel powerless, experts say

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘I want my stories to do some good’

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 02:00
Helen Hill Jay finds it challenging to work at his art while homeless, but Street Roots has pointed him in 'a positive direction’

Food-insecure Oregonians will benefit from Measure 102, but not from 103

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 01:00
Annie Kirschner COMMENTARY | Saying Measure 103 will keep food banks tax free is like saying it will keep the sky blue

In 2017, we lost at least 79 more people on the streets

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | The annual Domicile Unknown report on homeless deaths brings attention to the critical needs of Multnomah County's most vulnerable

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Motivated to have a better life’

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 07:20
Helen Hill Karl is moving into housing for the first time in many years

Recovery: Individual results may vary

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Change cannot be mandated; support and motivation are required

The original ‘Black Klansman’ on white supremacy, then and now

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 06:00
Adam Sennott Ron Stallworth, the African-American detective who infiltrated the KKK in 1978, talks to Street Roots about his observations undercover

SR editorial: Climate change demands collective action

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 05:40
SR editorial board Oregonians' consumer decisions are adding up, but we can change that

Oregon climate report: ‘Our predictions are coming true’

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Oregon Global Warming Commission warns climate change is impacting state while consumption-based emissions continue to rise

Ontario, Oregon: A Section 8 pit stop turned long-term stay

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 03:03
Emilly Prado Some refugees who moved here because of the short waitlist for housing aid have been unable to transfer their vouchers elsewhere as quickly as they had hoped

How a refugee in Ontario, Oregon, helps others get the aid they need

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 03:01
Emilly Prado Ekram Ahmed continues to embrace a life of independence in the face of adversity


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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