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Local strategies to fight the federal government's class war

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | State and local taxes on the rich could support affordable housing, child care, health care in Oregon

The housing gap: U.S. is 7 million apartments short

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl The lead author of an annual national housing report says the lack of political will to fund proven programs is leaving the most vulnerable Americans out in the cold

Rally outside Portland timber conference to highlight eco-unfriendly forestry practices

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Advocates want Mayor Ted Wheeler to promote greener logging when he speaks at the International Mass Timber Conference

Street Roots vendor profile: A hiker with ‘a lot of dreams’

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Leonora Ko For Jeremiah, nature has been a life saver

What it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:30
Sarah Hansell A storytelling event will share perspectives of an experience advocates say many can relate to

Misled by a canvasser, I signed the anti-sanctuary petition

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:00
Jane Doe COMMENTARY | Sanctuary laws protect well-meaning immigrants. They protected my family.

SR editorial: Tomorrow’ s leaders are marching today

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board We’re seeing an invigorating brand of youth activism, and it should inspire us

Photographer Fazal Sheikh wants you to imagine yourself where they are

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:00
Emily Green Fazal Sheikh speaks to Street Roots about his photography, which brings worldwide human rights issues to light. His work is featured in ‘Common Ground’ at Portland Art Museum.

These Buddhist nuns empower girls – with kung fu

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 07:00
Tony Inglis In addition to their humanitarian work, they teach women and girls self-defense and that 'they can be as strong and as powerful as a man'

Leilani Farha's worldly perspective on poverty in the wealthiest nation

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 05:00
Ashley Archibald Witnessing homelessness, discrimination and cruelty in the U.S. weighed heavily on the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Editorial cartoon: March 9, 2018

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 04:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

It’s Oregon’s most environmentally catastrophic project – but PBA backs Jordan Cove

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 03:00
Rick Rappaport COMMENTARY | Portland Business Alliance members should reject the endorsement of this pipeline

Director's Desk: Legislature makes housing gains, but sweeps still plague homeless

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand An emphasis on sweeps is an emphasis on making life more difficult for our neighbors who live outside

It’s Friday morning at Street Roots: ‘Beautiful chaos’

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 01:00
Helen Hill The freshly printed newspapers arrive, and it’s all hands on deck in the vendor office

In rural Oregon, trips to food banks are the new normal

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:00
Thacher Schmid In towns such as Junction City, rising housing costs push families to pantries to fill monthly budget gaps

Street Roots vendor profile: 'The skip back in my boots'

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill Kellye – who sells papers with her dog, Freya – likes to sing while she works

Sloane Leong explores the intergalactic world of indigenous sci-fi

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:00
Sarah Hansell 'Prism Stalker,' her first solo long-form comic, boasts all female characters and touches on survival, displacement, identity and race

Editorial cartoon: March 2, 2018

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:30
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Anti-sanctuary petition: AG takes over investigation as signature-gathering complaints mount

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:00
Emily Green Many who say they were lied to about a petition to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary status have had trouble getting their names removed

Clear-cutting’s still rampant in Oregon, MAX train reminds us

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Oregon Wild’s Jason Gonzales says the environmental watchdog’s bold new ad campaign is about seeking a more ecologically responsible approach to logging


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