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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At Street Roots, we work through tough times with hope and grace

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:47
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | As we confront this pandemic, we continue to look toward our best future

Wyden pushes for vote-by-mail nationwide as coronavirus emergency looms

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:00
Ellena Rosenthal The senator from Oregon touts the advantages of mail-in voting, a program his state pioneered 20 years ago

Portland meal program for homeless running short on supplies

Street Roots News Feed - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:14
Emily Green Blanchet House grapples with growing demand during the coronavirus emergency

Hygiene needs increase as homeless resources shrink with COVID-19 closures

Street Roots News Feed - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:50
Emily Green Portland’s unhoused population complains of little access to showers and clean clothes

An ER doctor and elected official, Sharon Meiran balances two roles during coronavirus crisis

Street Roots News Feed - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 01:00
Joanne Zuhl The Multnomah County commissioner is concerned about how pandemic-related stress is affecting medically vulnerable people and health care workers

Fear, rumors permeate Portland homeless camps and shelters

Street Roots News Feed - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green Anxiety runs high among people on the streets after a stay-home order is issued in the wake of coronavirus

Street Roots vendor profile: I feel free inside

Street Roots News Feed - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 01:00
Robin Havenick For Asonya, positivity means feeling free from a life of drugs and also contributing to her community

Portland alternative school brings success stories for Native American youths

Street Roots News Feed - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 01:00
Anna Pedersen NAYA’s Many Nations Academy offers support to students affected by homelessness, violence and other barriers to traditional education

Bottle redemption site closures shortchange houseless

Street Roots News Feed - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 02:00
Emily Green People living on Portland streets struggle to find ways to earn money amid COVID-19 measures

Business interests fighting Metro tax for homeless services are short on the facts

Street Roots News Feed - Sat, 03/21/2020 - 01:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | Their real goal may be to stop us from making them pay their fair share

We are suspending our print edition, but our mission still guides us

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 01:00
SR editorial board In these extraordinary times, we’re working to stop the spread of coronavirus

Lawsuit targets shrinkage of Willamette Basin water for salmon

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green Environmental groups say the Army Corps of Engineers' reallocation plan will hurt threatened fish species

Drug and alcohol recovery in a time of isolation

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 01:00
Emily Green As support groups cancel and move online due to COVID-19 measures, an increase in relapses could compound demands on health care providers

Cost of child care shuts out many who need it most, leaves workers behind

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 07:00
Emily Green Two Oregon proposals to invest public money in early learning would change the trajectory of children living in poverty and increase earning potential of child care workers and parents

Sir Steve McQueen and his eternal love of art

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 06:00
Adrian Lobb The Oscar-winning director and artist reflects on his life and perseverance

The world ended as I knew it, but people live on

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | I choose to stumble onward no matter what the terrain

Street Roots vendor profile: Happiness in art

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 04:02
Helen Hill Vendors’ contributions to the Street Roots chalkboard hold special meaning for Wendy

Protecting older adults from coronavirus means talking about senior poverty

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 03:00
Marisa Espinoza COMMENTARY | Many seniors can’t afford an unexpected health crisis

Vendors take supplies and COVID-19 information to the streets

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:36
Kaia Sand Accustomed to getting the news out, they are becoming the media in a new way — by word of mouth

Addiction services get a big push toward the ballot

Street Roots News Feed - Mon, 03/09/2020 - 09:25
Street Roots Oregon Initiative Proposal 44 would create the Drug Addiction and Recovery Act. Here's what that means.

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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
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