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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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Portland musician Stephen Malkmus talks bike lanes, baseball and 'Sparkle Hard'

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 07:00
Jason Cohen The former Pavement frontman has a new release with his longtime local band, the Jicks

You can’t go home again

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 06:00
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | Author Patrick Phillips delves into the violent past of the county in Georgia where he grew up

Street Roots vendor profile: 'I like helping people'

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:00
Leonora Ko Even when times are tough, Kenny believes he has the responsibility to keep trying

With limited shelter space, Central Oregon's local governments weigh options for homeless

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:00
Amanda Waldroupe Officials struggle with whether or not to fund services for unsheltered residents, while finding ways to promote affordable housing construction

Make room for the broom

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:00
Gary Ryan The sport of quidditch has evolved beyond recognition from its fantastical beginnings in the Harry Potter books, but J.K. Rowling’s core message of acceptance and tolerance remains

Director's Desk: Together we're strong – and getting stronger

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Help us make our spring fund appeal wildly successful

Outside In workers to vote on unionization

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 07:34
Joanne Zuhl The homeless-services nonprofit's pro-union employees say higher wages and raises are needed to retain staff and better serve clients

Guns, capitalism and race: A conversation with Bill Fletcher Jr.

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green We won't end racism until we end capitalism, says the radical thinker, writer and labor leader

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Street Roots has freed me'

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill ‘I love working. I love being independent,’ says Rich, who is looking for a job in construction and painting

When homeless patients can't go to clinic, the clinic goes to them

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Lisa Kuettle drives Mosaic Medical's medical van to various sites around Central Oregon: 'You go to where they are'

A fierce advocate for Central Oregon's homeless residents

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Stacey Witte dispenses knowledge, compassion and spare change at the Back Door Café, Central Oregon’s de facto homeless day center

Director’s Desk: Metro housing bond’s regional scope the right approach

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand We don’t have enough places that very poor people can afford to live

Old Town choir gets personal with performance about housing insecurity

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:30
Helen Hill The Maybelle Community Singers will lend their voice to a special appearance with the Oregon Symphony at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Editorial cartoon: May 11, 2018

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Homelessness and humanity in Central Oregon's juniper forests

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:00
Amanda Waldroupe Every Tuesday, volunteers of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach visit homeless camps outside Bend, bringing with them basic supplies and human connection

Labor: Time is now to endorse a Green New Deal

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 06:00
Robin Hahnel COMMENTARY | The imminent threat of climate change means globalization is now a necessity, not a convenience

Bipolar disorder with a bird’s-eye view

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 05:00
Mike Wold Zack McDermott’s memoir, ‘Gorilla and the Bird,’ describes his experience with bipolar disorder, the failure of the criminal justice system when it comes to mental health, and the unconditional support from his mother, ‘Bird.’

Street Roots vendor profile: A new job and big goals

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Kris recently landed employment and plans to save money to get off the streets

Director's Desk: We are Street Roots because of your support

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 03:00
Kaia Sand In May, a generous donor will match your gifts up to $10,000

A Crooked Path Forward: My life defies logic

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | One man's course to a better life after trauma, depression, addiction, homelessness

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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