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In a time of isolation, mourners are navigating death at a distance

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 08:00
Jessica Pollard The coronavirus pandemic is changing the landscape of grief and end-of-life planning

For gig workers in the Portland music scene, jobless benefits are elusive

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 08:00
Anthony King Changes at the Oregon Employment Department might finally provide an avenue for relief during the pandemic

Interpreters struggle to make ends meet, stay safe during pandemic

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:00
Chris May Those working in health care settings in Oregon have limited legal protections and unreliable access to PPE

Koala recovery on a badly burned Australian island

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 05:00
Anastasia Safioleas Kangaroo Island was home to 50,000 koalas before the bushfire crisis, and workers at its wildlife park have focused on nursing injured animals back to life

Struck by a rubber bullet: My experience as a Black woman at a Portland protest

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 19:00
Sophie Maziraga COMMENTARY | ‘Surviving police brutality is a different type of trauma known to an endless number of Black people,’ Street Roots staffer Sophie Maziraga writes

Black Portlanders sound off on George Floyd uprisings

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 08:00
Donovan M. Smith Protests and perseverance may be opening doors to court battles, police budget cuts and a union contract overhaul

We must not let up on the call for justice

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 05:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Portland’s City Council has a chance to change the city's legacy of prioritizing police over its Black residents’ well-being

Adam Rippon: Lessons from his journey of self-discovery

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 05:00
Thomas Virgl The figure skating and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ champion talks about writing his memoir, being a role model and coming out

Street Roots vendor profile: It helps to work in the community

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 01:00
Pat Zimmer To Jamey, customers are like guests; they’re welcome in his life

Police response to protests shakes houseless Portlanders

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 01:00
Jessica Pollard The discord is 'quite an ordeal' for people living outside, including those with PTSD who are troubled by loud noises

STREET ROOTS PODCAST: Reflections on the killing of George Floyd

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:00
DeVon Pouncey Episode 6: Street Roots Podcast host DeVon Pouncey asks white listeners to lean into their privilege and power

SR Editorial: The people are speaking – the time to begin dismantling the police is now

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 05:00
SR editorial board Portland should begin the process of transitioning to equitable emergency response and away from an oppressive system of violence that’s proven it’s unsalvageable

State government struggles to help Oregonians through pandemic

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:00
Tom Henderson Whether the Legislature will convene to provide relief remains uncertain, and the Employment Department's director has been replaced in response to a massive backlog

VIDEO: Unknown assailant strikes houseless man in Old Town following protest

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:28
Jessica Pollard The attack appears in an hours-long video posted to YouTube under the username 'Toe Andy'

Oregon prisoners will not see stimulus money from coronavirus relief package

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:00
Jessica Pollard Checks sent to state prisons were returned to the IRS, but Prison Policy Institute says incarcerated individuals need money at this time as well

Clackamas County Jail expands medication-assisted treatment for opioid withdrawals

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:00
Christen McCurdy A $720,000 grant has allowed the county to build on its pilot project

I will challenge my fear with generosity — and peach cobbler

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 08:00
Dustin Dandliker A CROOKED PATH FORWARD | The pandemic has tested my interpersonal skills, but I’m rising to the challenge

PHOTOS: George Floyd vigil draws a thousand people to North Portland park, hundreds march

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 05:00
Diego Diaz People gathered in solidarity with Minneapolis protesters for a memorial and call for justice before marching downtown Friday night

As police increase Old Town presence, Street Roots vendors focus on learning their rights

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 08:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | ACLU of Oregon provided Know Your Rights training in response to concerns from unhoused people

In Oregon, reproductive rights prevail even as pandemic limits some services

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:00
Anna Pedersen The regional arm of Planned Parenthood and its advocacy partner are adapting, and the women who head these organizations discuss how


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

- Brian Lindstrom, Filmmaker