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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Clear-cutting moves up to No. 1 emissions source in Oregon

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:41
Joanne Zuhl The Center for Sustainable Economy renews calls for state climate-change legislation to include timber industry regulations

Gar Alperovitz: Creating a democratic economy 'from the ground up'

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00
Alex Becker In his new book, the renowned historian and economist helps readers imagine what's possible

Buried alive – to draw attention to drug deaths

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:23
Sophie Haydock In an effort to prevent drug-related fatalities, an addiction recovery advocate in the U.K. spent three nights in a coffin, delivering wisdom from ‘beyond the grave’

Nestlé crunched: Ouster from Gorge signals win for tribes, environment

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:29
Stephen Quirke COMMENTARY | Recent victories highlight the critical role Native American rights have played in protecting the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest

Street Roots vendor profile: A thirst for education

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill Shannan’s long-term goals are guided by her passion for grassland ecology

‘I had no choice’: Portland ‘Valve Turner’ convicted in climate fight

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:00
Thacher Schmid Leonard Higgins faces up to 10 years for his role in the nation’s biggest takeover of fossil fuel infrastructure

A ‘painful decision’ to wait-list homeless families

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe Families had never been turned away from Multnomah County’s shelter. But now, Human Solutions struggles to accommodate everyone who needs services.

Director’s Desk: Thanks for believing in Street Roots

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:00
Israel Bayer A parting message from Israel Bayer: Your support of vendors is real, and it's beautiful

Editorial cartoon: Dec. 8, 2017

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Housing Rural Oregon: A crisis beyond Portland's boundaries

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:00
Joanne Zuhl Rural Oregon is experiencing one of the worst housing crises of our lifetime

Education, not condemnation, say women who survived violence

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:00
Stella Paul A U.N. campaign to raise awareness and combat gender based violence will culminate Dec. 10, Human Rights Day

Restoring power to the people with solutions-oriented journalism

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe New York Times columnist David Bornstein is co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which advocates for stories that don’t just reveal problems but show how they can be solved

Street Roots vendor profile: 'I refuse to be stuck'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:00
Leonora Ko Laid of from his job, Allen continues to work hard at Street Roots, which has been 'a life saver'

Editorial cartoon: Dec. 1, 2017

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Portland’s rental housing commission launches

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe The advisory panel will make landlord-tenant policy recommendations and serve as a forum for public discussion, but its potential impact is uncertain

Top 10 ways to support Street Roots this holiday season

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:39
Israel Bayer The more you spread the love about Street Roots and the more people who purchase the newspaper, the more successful vendors are. It’s a win-win situation

Give & Give Back: 2017 Street Roots Gift Guide

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:22
Street Roots Give twice this holiday season when your purchases benefit charity

Russell Brand: Addiction, recovery and respect for street paper vendors

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:00
Anastasia Safioleas The actor and comedian talks to The Big Issue about his new book and how he never wants his battle with addiction to be a secret

‘Dreamers’ exhibit in Portland celebrates hope with art

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:00
Sarah Hansell Silent auction of portraits to benefit organizations working with undocumented immigrants

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Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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