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How hard is it to have someone committed?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green In Oregon, it's not easy to mandate that someone get mental health treatment. Local officials and a workgroup in Salem want to change that.

IMIrJ is building power for immigrants

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:00
Sarah Hansell The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice works with more than 140 faith communities in Oregon

Street Roots honors two superstars

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots Sandra Hahn is Vendor of the Year, and Art Garcia receives the first Keystone Award

Save the orcas: Protesters want Snake River dams breached

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:00
Stephen Quirke Demonstrators demand the Army Corps of Engineers remove dams to restore salmon for Puget Sound whales

Director’s Desk: Imagine those who depend on our votes for housing

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand This election is a big opportunity for the Portland region to provide safe, stable housing for more people

Chris Hedges: The evidence for our impending doom

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:00
Joanne Zuhl Trump is not to blame for our societal destruction, the author of 'America: The Farewell Tour' tells Street Roots; the problem is our political and economic systems

8 books to help activists understand the state of America

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl Chris Hedges recommends these primers on imperialism and capitalism

Rahab’s Sisters: Radical hospitality in the wake of tension

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 05:00
Helen Hill Rahab’s Sisters in Portland gives sanctuary to women with a range of needs, but it faces challenges due to protests over a nearby needle exchange

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Never stop learning’

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Kris is a minimalist and a naturalist; his dog, Azi, hunts mushrooms

Obsessed: Chasing the false ideal of the perfect body

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:00
Camille Teste With constant social media reminders about our bodies – and what we put into them – how do we resist pressure to conform to an ‘ideal’ vision of health and beauty?

Director’s Desk: Conversation about sexual violence must include marginalized voices

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 01:00
Kaia Sand Justice is often fleeting for people in poverty

SR editorial: Measure 103 is not about you or your groceries

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00
SR editorial board EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT | Vote 'no' on the proposed constitutional amendment

Breaking down Measure 103: Fact vs. fiction

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green An examination of the claims being made around the proposed Oregon ban on taxing ‘groceries’

A podcast by a Street Roots vendor, about fellow vendors

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:00
Helen Hill Jaison Kirk will launch a monthly KBOO program featuring his Street Roots cohorts

A case study for disaster capitalism: Puerto Rico

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:00
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | “The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists” by Naomi Klein

A refugee family’s struggle to navigate the bureaucracy of survival

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 03:00
Emilly Prado 'He loves America. The problem is the United States’ requirements are too hard.'

Jon Langford: Making music in these ‘Trumpy’ times

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 02:00
Jason Cohen The worldly musician talks to Street Roots about seeing the American South through a Welshman’s eyes

Who’s next: Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:00
Christian Lisseman Jodie Whittaker knows ‘Doctor Who’ fans have high expectations, but she never hesitated to become the first woman to play the legendary lead

Keep abortion safe, legal and affordable for all

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00
Emily McLain COMMENTARY | Rights don’t matter if you can’t access them and afford them

Undercover in a private prison: The shameful legacy of prison labor

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Journalist Shane Bauer has written a book about his four months inside as a security guard


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots helps people reach their individual potential while giving them the sense of belonging and personal self worth.  What a gift this organization is to our community.

- Mary Edmeades, Vice President, Albina Community Bank