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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

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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