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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

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Street Roots advocates for those folks who don’t have a voice and you and your team work diligently, and with great humanity, humility and grace to bring those stories center stage for food, housing, healthcare and social justice. Portland is lucky to have an organization like Street Roots to help us understand the complexities of homelessness, politics and the community.

- Tamara Pedrojetti, Community Relations Manager and SafeLink Program Manager, CareOregon
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