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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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Organization behind privately-seeded navigation center in Portland plans affordable-housing complex

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 07:00
Christen McCurdy Harbor of Hope intends to build 153 units at 148th and East Burnside

The Rights of Nature: A changing battleground in the fight for the Snake River

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 06:00
Helen Hill COMMENTARY | The movement to legally enshrine the rights of species and ecosystems has been gaining steam worldwide

New Eyelids album part of a Golden Age for bands of a certain age

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 05:00
Jason Cohen Chris Slusarenko and John Moen are joined by former Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett

Street Roots vendor profile: Courage to do something new

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton It had been a long time since Jul had a paid job. Now, she proudly sells the newspaper.

After decades in solitary confinement, Albert Woodfox fights for a better humanity

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 03:00
Adam Sennott He doesn’t want anyone else to face the injustices that he and the rest of the so-called Angola 3 suffered

Street survival in the age of coronavirus

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | It's all-hands-on-deck when it comes to hygiene support

We are protecting abortion access and empowering the next generation

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 01:00
Anne Udall COMMENTARY | We won't go back. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is expanding health care despite threats to Roe v. Wade.

PSU proposal to restrict student-union access troubles homeless advocates

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 07:00
John Emshwiller Designating the Portland State student union as a non-public building would have a disparate impact on people who are marginalized, critics say

Between high school and homelessness

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 06:00
Pat Zimmer Oregon author’s YA novel draws from her own experience as a teacher with homeless students

Robbie Robertson and his improbable rise to stardom

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 05:30
Jane Graham The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Band reminisces in this ‘Letter to My Younger Self’

Life on the Streets: Laundry

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 05:00
Helen Hill How do unhoused people keep their clothes clean? Many don't; others rely on resourcefulness

The man winning the war on toxic waste

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 03:00
Simon Ward Rob Bilott secured huge payouts after taking on chemical giant DuPont over pollution — a fight that has been made into a film, ‘Dark Waters’

Metro steps up and puts hope on the ballot

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Voters need to turn out in droves to pass this homeless-services measure

Street Roots vendor profile: Adapting and persevering

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:47
Pat Zimmer If Melissa could change one thing about the work world, it would be to accommodate the diverse ways people think and work

John Cameron Mitchell has a lot going on – in Portland and beyond

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 07:00
Jason Cohen The actor-musician-writer and longtime collaborator Chris Slusarenko, of Eyelids, talk ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ ‘Shrill,’ Lou Reed and the ‘Origin of Love’ tour

What Oregon can learn from other states about foster care reform

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:08
Libby Dowsett States that have overhauled their foster care systems in the wake of class-action lawsuits may offer lessons

Tehlor Kay Mejia creates a terrifyingly real world in her YA fantasy

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:00
Sarah Hansell The author discusses her latest novel, a queer, Latinx dystopian fantasy with Trump-era issues

Street Roots vendor profile: Mark Rodriguez gets an apartment

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00
Helen Hill Mark, who enjoys feeling safe inside, says the transition from years on the streets ‘has been interesting’

Making sense of Timber Unity: A matter of identity and the white working class

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 03:00
Kaisa Schlarb COMMENTARY | When supporters speak to the threat to 'our way of life,' they are invoking the white supremacist history of Oregon

SR editorial: To fight homelessness, Metro asks the wealthy to pay their fair share

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 02:00
SR editorial board A proposed ballot measure to impose a progressive tax on our region's highest earners would help level the playing field


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