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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

Street Roots vendor profile: Reflecting on new life development

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Harry recently met his 33-year-old daughter for the first time

These best friends survived homelessness together

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 03:00
Maya Coseo 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Road Runner' are starting over with a new roof above their heads

SR editorial: Saturday rally a sideshow distraction to 'sanctuary law' repeal

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board Portland has a need for authentic immigration reform and justice

Ursula K. Le Guin's radicalism of imagination

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | Although the author has left us, her essays validate that her acuity, wit and perception are eternal


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Journalism with a social purpose. That’s been the focus of my entire professional career — and it’s why I read and support Street Roots.

- Richard H. Meeker, founder of Willamette Week’s Give!Guide and president of City of Roses Media Company