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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We asked our vendors: Have you felt profiled?

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors share their experiences with Portland police and private security

Director's Desk: Police profiling based on housing status is against state law

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand City receives thousands of camp complaints weekly, we should send demands for compassion instead

Below the Surface: A People’s History of Portland Harbor

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:00
Erin Goodling Donovan Smith COMMENTARY | Region's most vulnerable have long suffered consequences of pollution in the Willamette River, and they, too, will be most implicated in Superfund clean-up

Broken windows policing in Portland must end

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:30
Elliott Young and Crystal Maloney and James Ofsink COMMENTARY | Resources should go to housing, mental health and addiction treatment outside of the criminal justice system

Street Roots vendor profile: Exceptional work ethic helps C.W. handle anything

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:00
Helen Hill He says selling Street Roots has been his 'lifeline,' giving him a reason to take care of himself

Celebrating a place for healing

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe With the opening of Cully Park, Portland has its first Native Gathering Garden

What would it take to Abolish ICE?

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green There’s a movement afoot to abolish the federal agency, but how do we get there, and what do we do in the meantime?

Vendor Norm’s miracle dog

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 04:00
Norm Chamberlin Heidi is a love-magnet and popular with the Street Roots customers she meets

Roe v. Wade is at risk: what that means for Oregon

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green A conversation with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s Grayson Dempsey

Director’s Desk: Portland has criminalized poverty and mental illness

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Policing the poor just means there’s so much more work to do.

After unprecedented input, Oregon OSHA adopts new farmworker protection standards

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 13:48
Emily Green While farmworker advocates say new rules don't go far enough, growers say they're too restrictive

'So You Want to Talk About Race,' a no-nonsense guide to navigating race in America

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:00
Lisa Edge Ijeoma Oluo's book is a tool for turning uncomfortable conversations into productive ones

Searching for shelter in Lincoln County

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green With no year-round overnight shelters, people on the streets struggle to survive while dedicated advocates piece together relief

Vishavjit Singh is Sikh Captain America

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:00
Lisa Edge With his creations, the cartoonist throws a mighty shield at the hate and prejudice he’s experienced

A coward dies a thousand times

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 04:00
Dan Newth Venture inside the PTSD mind with Street Roots vendor Dan Newth

Shelter: Conditions definitely apply

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Clients at Oregon Coast's Helping Hands must follow strict programming requirements in exchange for a roof over their heads. It’s working.

Director's Desk: These times call for acts of courage

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Just as Minoru Yasui of Portland's Japantown was courageous in challenging the racist laws of the federal government during WWII

Street Roots vendors stand with Occupy ICE

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 01:00
Helen Hill Sharing their thoughts on the occupation and how they relate to the persecuted

Author Raj Patel on the oligarchy of food

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00
Marco Filardi The economist says we can shake the yoke of corpocracies, reclaim our food supply and bring collective solutions to the table

A crooked path forward: I carry you all with me

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Dustin Dandliker reflects on people who touched his life in meaningful ways


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