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Postal workers say pilot program slows down mail routes, pushing deliveries into night

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy A Kenton neighborhood initiative to deskill postal work aims to improve efficiency, but mail carriers say it has the opposite effect

Art Alexakis is not giving up

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:00
Jason Cohen The Everclear frontman and former Portlander talks about his first solo album, his MS diagnosis and Trump

Street Roots vendor Tina is college bound

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Her experience at Street Roots has inspired her to study journalism

SR editorial: We can’t regulate homelessness away

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 03:00
SR editorial board For people in extreme poverty, even the respite of Portland's parks seems increasingly fleeting

Tragedy ahead if we do not act on Snake River dams, Steven Hawley warns

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 02:00
Casey Miller The "Dammed to Extinction" filmmaker talks about the need for clean, renewable energy and the myth about hydropower

Street Roots vendors get ready for their close-up

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:00
Street Roots Photographer Alan Borrud periodically sets up a mini-studio at the Street Roots office, aiming to capture ‘a photo they feel good about’

Environmentalist Carol Van Strum: Do not believe anything they tell you

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green Her advice for young activists is to remain skeptical and to relish the small victories

Sisters Of The Road marks 40 years of home cooking and hospitality

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 05:00
Joanne Zuhl The Portland nonprofit is the place to make real change over a plate of good food

Spanish-language conference – a first for Oregon OSHA – reveals gaps in training, safety

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 04:00
Anna Pedersen The event, geared toward workers rather than supervisors, draws attention to accidents that result from a language barrier

Brains, trains and homelessness: How public transit can respond to neuroscience

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 03:00
Latisha Jensen NW Noggin plans to talk with TriMet about the impact of homelessness on the brain

Invest our abundance in those who truly need it

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | While Portland's wealthy make the city appear rich, hundreds of thousands in Multnomah County aren't able to meet basic needs

​Ayanna Pressley's bold plan to reform what she calls America's criminal legal system

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 07:00
Adam Sennott The U.S. representative's People’s Justice Guarantee calls for decriminalizing poverty and homelessness

Life on the Streets: Public transit

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 06:30
Helen Hill Some Street Roots vendors say they’ve seen TriMet inspectors profile homeless people

Hundreds with serious mental illness not getting services, Multnomah County audit finds

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy The county’s mental health funding isn’t reaching half of the people who qualify, according to the report

With book and new album, Tegan and Sara get nostalgic

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 05:00
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen In dedicating time to their memoir, “High School,” the musical twins are surprised to find they’re ‘so different and also so similar’

Street Roots vendor profile: He taught his dog to skateboard

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer 'She learns everything so quick,' Dwd says of Kephirah

A Frayed Knot, Afraid Not

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 03:00
Jacqueline Keeler The two stances to Indigeneity in the 21st century

Generosity is always a cup half full

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Your generosity keeps Street Roots going, from your purchase of a newspaper and zine from a vendor to your #GivingTuesday donation

Transformation: Street Roots zine features vendor writing, art

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 01:00
Bianca Butler The writers and artists recount hardship and loss, but they also show us hope and strength

XGames awaken the extremist in you

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:00
Nico Nissen The German program of workshops developed for the prevention of extremism places students in scenarios where they are forced to make morally dubious decisions


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Between the FYI-texts: 'Did you see this in Street Roots?', scrolling by the happy #NewPaperFriday selfies on social media, and picking up the weekly with my groceries — the Street Roots experience is totally integrated into my Portland life. We are a lucky city to have the love, dedication, and tenacity for good news and better community that Street Roots brings us every day of the year.

- Jes Larson, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition