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To confront the housing crisis, it is time to think big

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 03:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The homeless numbers are big. The geographic scope of the crisis is big. And the investment required of us is big. Our vision must be, too.

Portland2019 Biennial explores Oregon through contemporary art

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 02:00
Emily Green The showcase at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center features thought-provoking installations from exceptional local artists

PSU report: 38,000 homeless in Portland metro area; regional collaboration is next step

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:30
Joanne Zuhl The 2017 figure is more than five times the estimates from the Point in Time counts

Hospitality toward the poor: A not so novel idea

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | The bigotry of the Trump administration’s immigration policy is on full display

Will privilege become extinct? Or will humanity?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | In a culture that favors me for positions of power just because of my skin color and gender, I am ready to be a follower instead

Japanese American incarceration and present-day migrant camps: Perspectives of 3 survivors

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:00
Libby Dowsett Japanese Americans who were detained during World War II share their perspectives on the immigrant detention centers the U.S. operates today

Life on the Streets: Beating the heat

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors discuss how they manage the summer weather and the toll it takes

Street Roots vendor profile: Time heals all wounds

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Wayne says being with other people has helped him manage his own health and also assist others

Erased: How a transgender parent is being kept from his son

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green For years, his former in-laws have prevented him from being part of the boy’s life, in defiance of repeated court orders

Her cry from inside the occupation: Janna Jihad is a voice for Palestinian children

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green The 13-year-old Palestinian journalist and activist sits down with Street Roots to share her perspective on what’s happening to children in the West Bank

Urgent: Climate-driven migration demands local planning now

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:30
Dan Newth COMMENTARY | Portland is incapable of handling today’s homeless crisis; just imagine the future​

Ex-KKK leaders: Trump is the president we dreamed of

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 05:00
Adam Sennott His rhetoric is what 'I would have done, things I would have said,' says a former white supremacist

Nick Offerman: Rural roots, good manners helped make him a star

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:30
Jane Graham The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star reflects on his early years

Could gun buybacks reduce crime in America? So far: No

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 04:00
Lacey Wallace COMMENTARY | The sheer number of firearms in the U.S. poses a challenge. Meanwhile, gun owners have profited from buyback events in Oregon and elsewhere.

How Trump incites violence: Understanding stochastic terrorism

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl Turning a blind eye to the risks, the president spreads ideas that are likely to spur someone to act, legal expert David Cohen says

Street Roots is bringing people together to celebrate 20 years

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Creating a family where everyone – housed and unhoused – is included has been a priority of Street Roots from the beginning

Forest Service proposes gutting public review

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 01:00
Joanne Zuhl The deadline looms for public comment on changes to the National Environmental Protection Act

For Australian scientist Tim Flannery, the climate crisis feels personal

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 22:58
Katherine Smyrk The author of 2005’s ‘The Weather Maker’ reflects on his teenage years and what’s important to him now

A new side of Amanda Palmer

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:00
David James Young The musician’s new album, ‘There Will Be No Intermission,’ contains more than her provocative and flamboyant fare

American heroes: Sikh Captain America is enlisting more champions

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 06:00
Lisa Edge Building on the work of Sikh Captain America, photographer Nate Gowdy has launched a project to broaden people’s minds about who gets to be American, and how much truly unites us

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