Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

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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: ‘We have something to give, too’

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
Helen Hill Melanie loves meeting new people and sharing stories

Time served: Portland restaurateurs consider hiring from Oregon’s prison system

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:00
Emily Green Rising rents are pricing out service industry workers, but jobseekers coming out of prison are ready to work

Director's Desk: There’s a new coffee in town – Street Roast

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:00
Israel Bayer Proceeds from the sale of each bag will support Street Roots

Editorial cartoon: Nov. 23, 2017

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 07:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

The thinning debate: Does logging help or hurt fire mitigation?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:00
Emily Green Politicians say thinning forests will help prevent ‘catastrophic’ fires. But ecologists say this season wasn’t the worst, and logging won’t stop it from happening again.

Editorial cartoon: Nov. 17, 2017

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Fix Portland's housing crisis: Tax big businesses and the wealthy

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | They've been enormously enriched for decades while taxes on the 1 percent have fallen

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Service is my bottom line’

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill Twan, who likes to be ‘guided and inspired,’ got into the newspaper business when he was 13

The subtle alchemy of Three for Silver

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:00
Stephen Quirke Bassist Lucas Warford discusses music and the Portland trio’s latest trip to Russia

So long, Sugar Shack: Affordable housing planned at Living Cully Plaza

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:00
Amanda Waldroupe The 150-unit Hacienda CDC development represents a complete transformation of a former Portland strip club

Safer Spaces Portland pushes for safe drug consumption site

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:00
Emily Green Two experts speak with Street Roots about the effort to create a space where people can safely use illicit drugs under the supervision of medical professionals

Oregon’s adoptee rights initiative, 20 years on

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:00
Helen Hill COMMENTARY | The 1997 ballot measure to unseal original birth certificates wasn’t about exposing birth parents’ secrets; it was about rewriting an archaic statute from an era when illegitimate births were shameful

Give a donation in honor of Israel and vendors both present and past

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:26
Israel Bayer It’s been about a collective group of people all moving in the same direction with an idea that no matter what obstacles we faced, we would do the work to give people opportunities and create some social change along the way.

Divided by deportation: ‘Hope is what I lean on’

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:00
Thacher Schmid Margarita Reyes Pacheco’s story is one of immigration, family and hard work

Street Roots vendor writing: One step at a time

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 05:30
Norm Chamberlin A personal account of mental illness, addiction and recovery

‘Psychic Utopia’ takes Portland audience off the grid

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 05:00
Sarah Hansell A new Hand2Mouth play explores human experiences behind intentional communities like communes

Youths experiencing homelessness tell their stories through short films

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:30
Sarah Hansell Outside the Frame’s Annual Gala will premiere original works about leaving home

Reclaiming the Constitution: Ed Asner challenges right-wing revisionist history

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl The actor will read from his book, ‘The Grouchy Historian,’ at Powell’s in Beaverton

These veterans have ‘lived something extraordinary’: Portland student listens, shares

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:00
Kendall Duffie Read excerpts from the Portland Veteran’s Project, high school junior Kendall Duffie’s interviews of local veterans

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Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots helps people reach their individual potential while giving them the sense of belonging and personal self worth.  What a gift this organization is to our community.

- Mary Edmeades, Vice President, Albina Community Bank