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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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Student homelessness that touches close to home

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/30/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | My grandmother’s story resonates today

Measure to deny undocumented immigrants driving privileges headed to Oregon ballot – again

Street Roots News Feed - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 10:31
Emily Green It's an effort similar to that in 2014, which led to a voter reversal of a previous legislative effort to grant undocumented immigrants drivers cards

Street Roots vendor profile: Perfect love

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill Tammy and Emily plan to get married as soon as they have a home

Healing takes center stage for young refugees

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 06:00
Casey Miller The youths see their writing come to life in the theater as part of Project Untangled, a program that helps them with their trauma

J Mase III lives life out loud

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 05:00
Lisa Edge The trans queer poet and educator runs awQward Talent, which teaches the freedom to just ‘be’

Street Roots vendor profile: Rising to the challenge

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill After a stroke and an amputation, Jennifer has learned how to manage life with a disability

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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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?

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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.

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- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon
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