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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Elizabeth Considine — the creator of Street Roots' editorial cartoon, Sheeptoast — was born in Portland and has been drawing since she could hold a pen. She loves theater, poetry, chickens, growing food, and walking her three dogs in the park. “I find inspiration in the strangeness of life and the character of human nature. I hope my art will inspire...

Updating the city charter so Portland can collect tax on all short-term rentals is essential for fair play

In 1971, when the city of Portland amended its charter to establish a transient lodging tax, you could hardly blame our policymakers for not anticipating the internet. 

Obviously, times have changed. As written, the tax applies to lodging in hotels...

FINDING HOME | She spent years managing the logistics of homelessness. Today, she has an apartment in Portland and a job as a pharmacy tech.

Carolyn Will is wearing navy slacks and a blouse, office attire, on her day off.  Her long brown hair is streaked with gray, her voice low. She is reserved, reflective and articulate as she describes her journey into and...

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