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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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Camp sweep comes as city takes over on ODOT land

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 14:39
Kaia Sand Two Street Roots vendors had been living in the camp for months without hassle `

County steps in to help Lincoln Hotel's evicted tenants

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:28
Amanda Waldroupe The vulnerable residents of this affordable complex in downtown Portland have found an ally

Street Roots vendor profile: A champion for diabetes awareness

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 07:00
Pat Zimmer Sparky lost his vision as a result of diabetes. But now, he's keeping fit and sharing his story.

Lillian and Lena: Two black women from early-1900s Portland

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green One was a society woman, the other a prostitute. Together, their stories show what it was like to be an African-American woman in Old Town.

Oregon renters bring lobbying power to 2019 legislative session

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:30
Amanda Waldroupe It couldn’t come at a more pivotal time

What became of Portland's queer hub

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Sarah Hansell Stark Street was once the heart of LGBTQ+ culture, but now ‘we can go anywhere,’ says Walter Cole, better known as the legendary drag queen Darcelle XV

The Oshu Nippo: Translating a Japanese newspaper published in Portland into English

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Libby Dowsett In the early 1900s, the publication was a way for Japanese immigrants to stay connected

Remembering Tia Plympton, a mentor for homeless youths

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:30
Haven Wheelock The advocate with Outside In died Jan. 6. She was 74.

When Portland’s Old Town was the North End

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:00
Doug Kenck-Crispin Aa snapshot of a few blocks of Portland’s past

The Portland IWW: Revolution and music

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00
JD Chandler Cultural resistance – through graphic design, cartoons and songs – was one of the Wobblies’ most effective tools

Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown: ‘The original downtown’

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl Street Roots reflects on some of the characters that made Old Town what it was – and is today

Street Roots vendor writing: Dreaming of reading ‘Anna Karenina’

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 05:00
J. Juno "I had to read because this was never about just reading a book. It was never about 'Anna Karenina.' This was about me and me fighting me."

Street Roots vendor profile: A poet in our midst

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Daniel says Street Roots inspired him to write poetry

Retirements prompt mass eviction at affordable refuge in downtown Portland

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe City’s relocation funds will help tenants with the move, but loss of affordable units could make it tough to find new homes

SR editorial: Time for Oregon Legislature to discuss rent stabilization

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board We’re in a housing crisis. We need to lift the pre-emption on rent control.

2 books that explore Big Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Dopesick’ and ‘Pain Killer’

Celebrating the grit and humanity of Portland's Old Town

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Street Roots A series of stories about the city's oldest neighborhood

How we can avoid climate disaster

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green We don’t need to focus on every little solution; just a few that work, says energy policy expert Hal Harvey

Street Roots vendor profile: Busting stereotypes about people on the streets

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill William’s passion is to help others stop judging homeless people

We are standing our ground for justice at the border

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00
Pat Rumer COMMENTARY | We showed up with love at the fence as thousands of asylum seekers await their chance to enter the U.S.


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon