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Trial could be a year away in suit over Oregon foster care system

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 01:00
Libby Dowsett Settlement talks have broken down

Living amid mold, pests and filth, Stewart Hotel tenants sue bankrupt landlord

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 07:00
Joanne Zuhl $4.5 million in damages sought over ‘truly shocking’ conditions at what amounts to an abandoned building in downtown Portland

U.S. military depends on fuel – and has the carbon footprint to prove it

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 06:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | As the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, America’s military must be reined in

Beaverton aims to accommodate more who live out of their vehicles

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 05:00
Christen McCurdy The city wants to add more sites to its Safe Parking pilot, modeled after a decades-old Eugene program

Street Roots vendor profile: Connected to nature

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 04:00
Robin Havenick Magpie Blue is an environmentalist and an advocate for people living in poverty

Trans and nonbinary storytellers to come forward and share

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 03:00
Sarah Hansell A Portland show, Igniting Voices, will explore an evolution of the experiences of presenters ages 16 to 76

The paradox of yes: Responding to homelessness with ideas big and small

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Creativity and resourcefulness are essential for people on the streets, but so are grand solutions from the public sector

The art and activism of Dana Lynn Louis

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 01:00
Helen Hill A new exhibit by the founder of Gather:Make:Shelter reflects a life of sharing her craft among those without

A twisted tale of authoritarianism, Orwell, Ukraine, fake news and Trump

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 07:00
Steven MacKenzie ‘Mr. Jones’ screenwriter Andrea Chalupa has family ties to Ukraine stretching from the 1930s famine to the Trump impeachment — with ‘Animal Farm’ and Soviet propaganda sprinkled in

William Monroe Trotter: A newspaper owner and a champion for equality | Book Review

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:30
Joe Martin In 'Black Radical,' Kerri K. Greenidge pays tribute to the early-20th-century editor and advocate

Holocaust poetry and the reclamation of many identities

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:00
Marian de Vooght For the people who were persecuted and murdered, the poetry they wrote was a way to reclaim their identity

Oregon bill would boost funding to programs for hard-to-reach homeless youths

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:00
Joanne Zuhl ‘These are kids that have been failed by every single system,’ says a Bend Republican who supports the $2.5 million plan

Street Roots vendor profile: High hopes for the future

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton Among Patti’s wishes is to see more housing built to improve the lives of homeless people

The racist foundation of American health care policy

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 03:00
Helen Hill COMMENTARY | Today, it’s Trump’s ban on immigrants who need assistance, but medical injustice for non-whites has roots 155 years deep

Our homeless neighbors need more than affordable housing; they need support

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Metro’s proposed ballot measure would fund homeless services through a tax on the Portland area's wealthiest residents

How do we prevent another generation of homelessness?

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 07:00
Joanne Zuhl Displacement, school changes, racism and mental illness are among the risk factors plaguing today’s youths. The Next Generation, a new Street Roots series, explores issues like these and opportunities to respond.

Street Roots vendor profile: Working toward a better Portland

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 06:00
Pat Zimmer Scott, a homeless-rights activist and Dignity Village co-founder, does trash pickup for Ground Score and graces Street Roots’ chalkboard with his art

Honeyland: Macedonian film offers stark lesson about our pillaging of the Earth

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 05:00
Maja Ravanska On average, the world consumes enough resources for 1.5 planets, and yet few people are aware of how drastic a situation that is

Street Roots vendors remember Kobe Bryant

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:00
DeVon Pouncey Their reactions to the death of the basketball superstar

Portland Police Chief Jami Resch: Her take on homeless response and the JTTF

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 03:00
John Emshwiller The new police chief identifies some disadvantages to pulling out of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and she discusses challenges police face surrounding homelessness


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