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Lingering occupation: Behind the documentary on the Malheur standoff

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot discuss their new film, "Refuge," about the 2016 Bundy occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

How 2 Portland chefs got sober in a boozy business

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 02:00
Jason Cohen Gregory Gourdet and Gabriel Rucker are setting an example for their industry

Art, poetry of Terry Houghton to be featured at First Thursday

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 01:30
Helen Hill Years after he died homeless, a treasure trove of his work will finally be seen

Native voices lost in stereotypes, racist slurs

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | White boys who mocked a Native American elder were afforded a nuance that people of color are rarely afforded in the media

Profits and preventable deaths in Oregon jails

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:00
Tara Herivel COMMENTARY | Private health care companies profit from incarcerated patients, and people are dying on their watch

What politicians get wrong – or do not care – about us

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg Thanks in part to corporate lobbying, lawmakers think constituents are more conservative than they are

Where are Portland housing dollars going?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe Spending’s up, and an audit of the city and county homeless service system follows the money

The legacy of Old Town Portland: An illustrated history

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 04:30
Helen Hill A series of drawings depicts the history of Portland's oldest neighborhood

Tina and Chris: An inspiring story from the streets

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | If we know the barriers RV dwellers face, surely we can remove them

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 `

When Portland had the largest Japantown in Oregon

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00
Libby Dowsett Portland’s Old Town is well known as Chinatown, but in the late 1800s through 1942, a number of blocks made up Nihonmachi, or Japantown

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

Street Roots vendor profile: At last, safe in a bed

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill CW has gotten off the street and into the Clark Center, 'an oasis in the middle of a desert'

The oldest profession in the oldest part of town

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Sex has always sold well, and it’s been business as usual in Portland's Old Town for at least 150 years

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.

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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