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Where Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ pride intersect

16 min ago
Hanna Merzbach Portland activists push for greater inclusion of Black trans and queer voices in the movement

Portland permits for on-street dining leave some BIPOC-owned businesses behind

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 08:00
Henry Latourette Miller The city's Healthy Business permit was intended to prioritize minority-owned restaurants and bars during COVID-19, but gentrification has made that difficult

Energy lobbyists pose as Tribal Nations to promote Jordan Cove LNG pipeline

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:00
Brian Oaster The front group took out a full-page ad in The Oregonian, asking the governor to approve the controversial natural gas terminal in southwestern Oregon

Opinion | No coincidence that redlined areas are now heat islands

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg STREET SMART ECONOMICS | Efforts to confront racism should extend to the fight for climate justice

Street Roots vendor profile: Plans for an apartment

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:00
Robin Havenick Recently married, Max hopes to secure housing and a brighter future

Union rally confronts inequities past and present of the Oregon Convention Center

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 08:00
Jessica Pollard Public-sector Metro workers call out systemic racism and demand employees of color be treated fairly

Finding Fringe | An American story of working undocumented

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 08:00
Paul K. Haeder OPINION | One person’s refugee status is another’s loyalty to employers, state and country

Oregon legislators grapple with housing insecurity, policing and each other

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 05:00
Tom Henderson Vulnerable Oregonians take center stage during Legislature's emergency session, likely to extend into next week

Bills Street Roots is tracking during the emergency session of Oregon Legislature

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 05:00
Tom Henderson Check back for updates on the status of these important pieces of legislation

New CenturyLink contract adds communication barriers for Oregon prisoners

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:00
Chris May Already deprived of in-person visits during the pandemic, prisoners and the people they talk to on the outside now face new fees and are subject to data collection

Far from over: Long-term HIV, AIDS survivors navigate another pandemic

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:00
Jessica Pollard Some commit to staying inside until there’s a coronavirus vaccine, and some look to help

We want publicly funded preschool for every child in Multnomah County

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 11:00
Suzanne Cohen Angie Garcia Mary King COMMENTARY | You can help get the UP NOW campaign on the November ballot

Housing-related measures on the table when legislators return for special session

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 08:00
Tom Henderson Oregon lawmakers will head back to Salem this week to address police accountability and pandemic mitigation, including legislation on evictions and homelessness

Call to remove statue of explorer who brutalized Native Americans ignites firestorm in Tillamook County

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 08:00
Helen Hill COMMENTARY | The monument to Capt. Robert Gray has been seen by countless Oregon Coast tourists and locals for the past two decades

Millions of poor and low-income Americans to gather online for a march on Washington

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:00
Hanna Merzbach The Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the renewed Poor People’s Campaign, speaks with Street Roots before Saturday’s historic demonstration, which will include appearances by celebrities and political leaders

Portland Street Response is funded, and its success is up to all of us

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 08:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The people with the most at stake must continue to guide the process for this program that Street Roots championed

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Talking with Cameron Whitten, founder of the Black Resilience Fund

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 01:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 7: The community activist speaks about supporting Black Portlanders and the importance of Juneteenth

Non-English-speaking patients in Oregon often denied adequate translation services

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 08:00
Chris May Long-standing problems with the interpreter industry puts vulnerable populations at risk in medical settings

Portland restaurants aim to cut waste, but recyclable and compostable take-out containers go to landfills

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 08:00
Hanna Merzbach While some businesses stick with reusables during the pandemic, state guidelines and reliance on to-go food means many depend on disposable products

Spike Lee on his new movie and the Black experience in America

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 05:00
Steven MacKenzie In the newly released Netflix film, 'Da 5 Bloods,' Lee explores elements of US history through the eyes of four Black Vietnam veterans


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon