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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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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

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

Street Roots News Feed - 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?

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Blumenauer, Tlaib bring housing reform proposal to Portland

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:30
Christen McCurdy The U.S. representatives' housing justice forum draws hundreds

Controversial calendar prompts dialogue between firefighters, Street Roots vendors

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | It was a meaningful conversation, touching on struggle, empathy and understanding

Mayor to host Portland forums about homelessness

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 01:00
Street Roots Community members are invited to join conversations with service providers, community advocates and people with lived experiences

I never looked back: Terry Gilliam was always drawn to Britain

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:00
Jane Graham The ‘Monty Python’ legend also reveals which of his films his teenage self would rate and his history as a cheerleader

The real impact of universal preschool and a tax on the 5%

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 06:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | Pre-K education should be the right of all of our children

Bill Bailey and the first American revolt against the Nazi flag | Book Review

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:30
Joe Martin Peter Duffy’s ‘The Agitator’ resurrects a captivating story with remarkable characters

Street Roots vendor profile: Rebuilding his livelihood once again

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:30
Robin Havenick Ron lost everything — for the second time — when he arrived in Portland, but he is back on track

Life on the Streets: Fear goes both ways

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 05:00
Helen Hill That homeless people are dangerous is a misconception, Street Roots vendors say. And for some on the streets, it’s housed people who are feared.

She was raised to preach hate – until she broke free from Westboro Baptist Church

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 04:00
Samantha B. McMurdock Megan Phelps-Roper explains how her family micromanaged church members and how Twitter eventually led her to understanding

Athletics Director Valerie Cleary stands out at Portland State

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 03:00
DeVon Pouncey While there are barriers for women of color in her field, she says, there are also advantages

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I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

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