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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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Sir Steve McQueen and his eternal love of art

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 06:00
Adrian Lobb The Oscar-winning director and artist reflects on his life and perseverance

The world ended as I knew it, but people live on

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | I choose to stumble onward no matter what the terrain

Street Roots vendor profile: Happiness in art

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 04:02
Helen Hill Vendors’ contributions to the Street Roots chalkboard hold special meaning for Wendy

Protecting older adults from coronavirus means talking about senior poverty

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 03:00
Marisa Espinoza COMMENTARY | Many seniors can’t afford an unexpected health crisis

Vendors take supplies and COVID-19 information to the streets

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:36
Kaia Sand Accustomed to getting the news out, they are becoming the media in a new way — by word of mouth

Addiction services get a big push toward the ballot

Street Roots News Feed - Mon, 03/09/2020 - 09:25
Street Roots Oregon Initiative Proposal 44 would create the Drug Addiction and Recovery Act. Here's what that means.

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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

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