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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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Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Working as fast and as hard as I can’

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 06:00
Leonora Ko Kitty is working on finding a place to stay with her children

Shining brightest in the dark: A concert in Portland's Shanghai Tunnels

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 05:00
Helen Hill 'Songs from the Shadows,' featuring songs by people who have experienced sexual trauma, will bring awareness to human trafficking and exploitation

Remembering Andy Howard: ‘His greatest super power was his optimism’

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 04:00
Katelynn Howard The Street Roots vendor's daughter shares an excerpt of the eulogy she wrote for her father

No, Portland's not sending all its homeless people to small Oregon towns

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Since the city rolled out the Ticket Home program, it’s been blamed for increases in homelessness in more rural areas of the state

Oregon Legislature to revisit mortgage subsidy reform

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:00
Joanne Zuhl Rep. Keny-Guyer is considering a proposal to limit the mortgage interest deduction, whose dollars disproportionately benefit wealthy Oregonians

Remembering David Testawich: Farewell, my friend

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 01:00
Art Garcia Street Roots vendor Art Garcia pays tribute to his peer

SR editorial: We won't give up on truth and free speech

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:00
SR editorial board You can’t dismiss President Trump's anti-press rhetoric as simply hyperbole

Giving up our privacy without much thought

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 07:00
Megan Wildhood BOOK REVIEW | In ‘Privacy: And How To Get it Back’ author B.J. Mendelson says we’re up against the power of apathy in a battle which only wealthy tech companies win

NW Natural is buying water utilities

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Should Oregonians be concerned about privatized water?

Housing for a rainy day

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:00
Abby Williams Cully residents are exploring land banking as a way to preserve their Northeast Portland neighborhood’s affordability

Street Roots vendor profile: For John, selling the paper ties together a divided society

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:00
Abby Williams He is adamant about free media and the mission and power of a street newspaper

Groundbreaking program for kids aging out of foster care opens in North Portland

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 03:00
Libby Dowsett An intergenerational setting at New Meadows supports youths as they transition into adulthood

Director's Desk: Vendor losses force the question of ‘livability’

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand In recent weeks, four Street Roots vendors or former vendors have died.

Remembering vendor Dani Wyatt

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:00
Street Roots and Real Change staff She was small in stature, but brightened a room with her gigantic smile

Arturo Rodriguez on the fight to improve the lives of America’s farm workers

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:06
Emily Green The president of the United Farm Workers of America has won union contracts with large growers, but conditions for laborers must improve or we won’t have any more agricultural workers, he warns

The hands that feed us

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green How farmworkers, nationally and in Oregon, are faring in an age of rising temperatures, immigration crack-downs, housing insecurity and uncertainty

Tech tools profile, police and punish the poor

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 06:00
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | ‘Automating Inequality’ by Virginia Eubanks shows how technology is stacked against the marginalized

Leaving LGBTQ+ out of 2020 census perpetuates inequality

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 05:30
Matthew Caruchet COMMENTARY | Sexual and gender minorities are not counted by the Census Bureau, keeping many issues facing those communities out of sight and mind

We must overcome tokenism to achieve real equity

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 05:00
Darleen Ortega COMMENTARY | If we don't begin with an understanding while taking it seriously, we undermine the prospects for real and lasting change

'Generaciones' musical highlights local Latino artists

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 04:30
Latino Network VOZ ALTA is a storytelling project that features the personal lives of Portland’s Latino community through interwoven narrative and live music


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Between the FYI-texts: 'Did you see this in Street Roots?', scrolling by the happy #NewPaperFriday selfies on social media, and picking up the weekly with my groceries — the Street Roots experience is totally integrated into my Portland life. We are a lucky city to have the love, dedication, and tenacity for good news and better community that Street Roots brings us every day of the year.

- Jes Larson, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition