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Portland Gay Men’s Chorus to pay tribute to Stonewall anniversary

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 04:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot The ensemble’s executive director, Richard Jung, talks about the show and the chorus’s role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement

Aging in America: Dr. Louise Aronson redefines what it means to grow old

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green Her new book, 'Elderhood,' reveals a reality in which doctors receive little training in the complexities of treating the elderly

​At Street Roots, old materials have a new purpose

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The Village Building Convergence helped us reimagine our space from refuse, and the symbolism isn't lost on us

Pride endures 50 years after Stonewall

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:00
Kathleen Hinkel The 1969 uprising in New York City inspired a movement that continues today, but oppression of the LGBTQ+ community’s most marginalized persists, as well

Could nuclear power return to Oregon?

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 07:00
Emily Green Oregon has had a moratorium on nuclear energy facilities for 40 years, but legislators are considering whether to explore the potential in small modular reactors to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals

Revisiting the Robert Penn Warren interviews: A snapshot of the civil rights movement

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:40
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | “Free All Along: The Robert Penn Warren Interviews” by Stephen Smith and Catherine Ellis

Life on the Streets: A love story

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Through the tough times and the good, Johnny and Stephanie find that life is better together

A morally reprehensible tour of Hanford nuclear site

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:00
Madison Arnold-Scerbo COMMENTARY | Visitors get a rosy account of nuclear weapons that glosses over the dire consequences

Street Roots vendor profile: A writer and a dreamer

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton Eileen – who sells Street Roots with her dog, Vicky – has her sights set on her own apartment

You are not welcome here: Anti-homeless architecture crops up nationwide

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:00
Kaitlin Jock COMMENTARY | The urban design trend, from planters in Portland to sprinklers in NYC, is hostile toward people who don't have somewhere else to rest

Coming to terms with our societal sepsis

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | There are a lot of ill people surviving on the streets, and they are being left behind

Jeremy Ebobisse is as expressive off the field as on it

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:00
DeVon Pouncey The Portland Timbers forward talks to Street Roots about how he uses his platform to advocate for social justice

Buyer beware: Multnomah County a national leader in sex-trafficking enforcement

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
Libby Dowsett At the forefront of a national push to hold johns accountable, the Sheriff's Department has an innovative approach to gathering information on traffickers

Street Roots vendor profile: A bright mind and a sense of humor

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill John is proud of his accomplishments in the years since he served time

Young climate activists to host Portland town hall

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Merkley, Blumenauer will be among speakers at the Sunrise Movement PDX event, aimed at bringing the community together around climate action

Thom Hartmann: Why we have the 2nd Amendment – and pervasive gun violence

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green The progressive pundit talks to Street Roots about his new book highlighting American’s history of firearms, which have been a tool of oppression for centuries, he says

Marchers trek from Portland to Salem for housing, homeless rights

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:30
Street Roots PHOTOS | Advocates participating in the weeklong Give Us Shelter March are calling for Oregon to declare a state of emergency on housing

SR editorial: Time to reform broken public-defender system

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board Oregon House Bill 3145 would bring indigent defense more in balance with the prosecution

Portland hospital ER often swamped with mental health crises, says department worker

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill Dan Currin, an emergency department crisis intervention specialist, discusses ERs’ role when psychiatric patients have nowhere else to go

The problem with that home on the range

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30
Amanda Waldroupe The wide open spaces and complex housing needs prompt Northeast Oregon’s housing authority to ramp up outreach to people in need


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