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Universal basic income: The check could be in the mail

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 07:00
Ashley Archibald BOOK REVIEW | ‘Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World’ by Annie Lowrey

What home means to David Lynch

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:00
Steven MacKenzie The enigmatic artist and filmmaker has curated a series of events at an English gallery aptly called HOME

Why is empathy for homeless people lacking? Science

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 05:00
Katy Johnston Hannah Westwater The reason researchers say we disconnect from people on the streets also helps explain a similar phenomenon on social media

With 2 albums in 5 months, Anderson .Paak is not your average rapper

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 04:30
Brodie Lancaster ‘Oxnard’ and ‘Ventura’ represent a short distance along Highway 101 but a significant journey in life for the California musician

Street Roots vendor profile: Grateful for family and for the paper she sells

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Kay moved to Portland to stay with her daughter after she became homeless in Florida

A democracy that reaches the unhoused

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | It’s only appropriate that the people who have a key stake in the new Portland Street Response are asked to participate in the process of designing it

Merkley: Horrific conditions persist at border as U.S. traumatizes children

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 01:00
Emily Green Fresh from another trip to a Texas detention center, Sen. Jeff Merkley reminds Americans that children are being detained for extended periods, denied basic needs and separated from their families

Professional athletes are opening up about their mental health

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 07:00
John Affleck COMMENTARY | And that’s a very good thing

After false murder confession by teens, attorney seeks to clarify rights of young suspects

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:30
Libby Dowsett In his book ‘She’s So Cold,’ Donald E. McInnis details the long, harsh interrogations of three boys who were wrongly accused. Now, he’s advocating for a simplified Miranda warning for children.

Street Roots vendor profile: Sights on a bright future

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:30
Jessica Hamilton Mari is adjusting to changes as she plans her next move

Oregon Legislature passes juvenile justice reforms, overturns parts of Measure 11

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:00
Joanne Zuhl Children as young as 15 won’t automatically be tried as adults; judges will have discretion

Punishment is no cure for addiction: Morgan Godvin pushes for prison reform

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:00
Victoria Lewis The Portland college student, who served time for dealing drugs that resulted in a death, uses her story of addiction and rehabilitation to promote 'compassion, not vengeance'

Is addiction a choice? If only it were that simple

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00
Jason Everly COMMENTARY | What makes me an addict is that I use drugs against my will, even when I don’t want to

Oregon hiking guide is a salute to old-growth forests

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green Author Chandra LeGue hopes her book will inspire hikers to advocate for protecting our ancient forests

SR editorial: Othering robs people of their self-worth

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board This behavior – treating others as outcasts – happens in the White House, and it happens in our own community

Help us stop HIV

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:00
Kim Toevs Jennifer Vines COMMENTARY | Testing, syringe exchanges, safer-sex supplies are available for free

Most cruelty complaints against homeless pet owners are baseless, says Multnomah County Animal Services

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green While the agency encourages people to call if they suspect animal abuse or neglect, the vast majority of complaints it receives are unfounded

Street Roots vendor profile: Love and acceptance

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:30
Jessica Hamilton Randy, whose girlfriend inspires his poetry, says Street Roots helps him in many ways

Portland Clean Energy Fund takes bold action for climate justice

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:00
E.D. Mondainé Adriana Voss-Andreae COMMENTARY | With naysayers undermining the environment, it’s critical that this measure is carried out as intended

Life on the Streets: Prone to loss

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill People in extreme poverty are experts on loss, whether it be their belongings, their privacy, their dignity or anything else


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