Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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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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A dusty plot of land? To Shorty, it was a canvas

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 05:00
Sara Kirschenbaum COMMENTARY | Shorty’s Corner, a spot near I-205 adorned with ever-changing sculptures, was a Portland treasure

Street Roots vendor profile: Blessed with a voice

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton It’s no surprise Marty is a gifted singer; he has relatives who are famous musicians

Camp sweeps have a human toll; just look at Debbie Ann Beaver

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 03:00
Desiree Hellegers COMMENTARY | The Portland woman died in July, a victim of the 'cleanup' policy the city is doubling down on

Nick Fish helped transform how Portland would tackle homelessness

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 02:00
Israel Bayer COMMENTARY | The commissioner’s coalition-building style created lasting improvements in how we look at solving the crisis

City efforts should lead to health and housing, not more suffering

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 08:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | Portland City Council approves $4.5 million annual contract for Rapid Response Bio Clean

With this Ring: Is the Amazon device sealing an unholy marriage between police and Big Data?

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00
Christen McCurdy We asked Evan Greer with Fight for the Future, the group that’s suing the company

Design public space for homeless people? This Memphis nonprofit did

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:00
Emily Nonko As it relocates its headquarters, a homeless-services nonprofit is prioritizing the surrounding area to meet the lifestyle needs of the people it serves

The next big thing: Dopamine fasting

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 05:30
Ciara McCabe COMMENTARY | An expert reviews the latest craze in Silicon Valley

Street Roots vendor is an addiction counselor in the making

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 05:00
Helen Hill Nettie brings lived experience and a fresh point of view to her internship at Acadia NW

Discrimination unfolds before our eyes as states adopt voter suppression laws

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:30
Dave Gamrath BOOK REVIEW | ‘One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy’ by Carol Anderson

Street Roots vendor profile: A father-daughter team

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 04:00
Helen Hill John is proud that Tabetha is selling Street Roots, and she is grateful for her dad's support

Cathy Abbruzzese says young LGBTQ+ activists are doing things right

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 03:00
Emily Green The former Basic Rights Oregon fundraiser explains people power, the art of persuasion and ‘the right respect’

SR editorial: We value free speech for all – not just the powerful

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 02:00
SR editorial board That's why Street Roots is 'for those who can't afford free speech'

Gregor Gog – anarchist, first street paper editor, and King of the Vagabonds

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 07:00
Bastian Pütter The German World War I veteran's life story is now a comic

Notable and Quotable: Our favorites from 2019

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 05:00
Street Roots A sampling of Street Roots' conversations from the past year

Street Roots vendor profile: Dreams of running a business

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Don wants to spend his summers operating a bicycle hot dog stand. In the meantime, ‘it feels good when I sell the papers.’

Reflecting on a powerful year in print journalism

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Street Roots is proud of the newspaper we put out week after week

Portland has reduced police force against people with mental illness? Hardly

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 08:55
Jason Renaud COMMENTARY | The DOJ settlement resulted in training, but that wasn’t the solution we needed

Street Roots vendor profile: I want to give the world a hug

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 06:00
Jessica Hamilton Pops is proud to be earning money through Street Roots, as well as by making and selling bracelets

A wealth tax? It could work in the U.S.

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 05:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | We need more funding for public programs; we also need to address the obscene concentration of wealth


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard