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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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Homelessness and humanity in Central Oregon's juniper forests

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:00
Amanda Waldroupe Every Tuesday, volunteers of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach visit homeless camps outside Bend, bringing with them basic supplies and human connection

Labor: Time is now to endorse a Green New Deal

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 06:00
Robin Hahnel COMMENTARY | The imminent threat of climate change means globalization is now a necessity, not a convenience

Bipolar disorder with a bird’s-eye view

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 05:00
Mike Wold Zack McDermott’s memoir, ‘Gorilla and the Bird,’ describes his experience with bipolar disorder, the failure of the criminal justice system when it comes to mental health, and the unconditional support from his mother, ‘Bird.’

Street Roots vendor profile: A new job and big goals

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Kris recently landed employment and plans to save money to get off the streets

Director's Desk: We are Street Roots because of your support

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 03:00
Kaia Sand In May, a generous donor will match your gifts up to $10,000

A Crooked Path Forward: My life defies logic

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | One man's course to a better life after trauma, depression, addiction, homelessness

Detroit's ‘the canary in the mine’ for Portland, says water equality activist

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Monica Lewis-Patrick, Michigan’s water warrior, talks to Street Roots about lessons for the Rose City

People in crisis, with mental illness need sanctuary

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 05:00
Meredith Mathis Jason Renaud COMMENTARY | We should be turning away from ineffective and often deadly responses that place people in unfit institutions, such as jail or hospitals

The voices of resistance in ‘Isle of Dogs’

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 04:00
Annabel Brady-Brown Wes Anderson’s new film is not only star-studded and aesthetically pleasing. It also has a message.

In Prineville, 'the builders can’t even build fast enough'

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe Hit hard during the recession, the small city is now in the midst of an economic boom. Home construction is soaring – but so are rents. And low-income housing remains elusive.

Editorial cartoon: April 27, 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

What Portland’s proposed water assistance expansion would do

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 01:00
Emily Green The Portland Water Bureau aims to expand assistance to at-risk renters

Director’s Desk: Don’t let Wapato overtake the larger dialogue

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 01:00
Kaia Sand If plans for a remote homeless shelter materialize, the developer should find a new way to listen to homeless folks about their needs

Etan Thomas and the intersection between athletes, activism

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:00
DeVon Pouncey The former NBA player talks to Street Roots about activism in sports; his new book, ‘We Matter’; and his interviews with families of unarmed victims

The master builder: Tackling Central Oregon’s housing shortage

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe Tom Kemper harnessed knowledge in law, finance and development to build hundreds of affordable-housing units

The life and death of Vanport, 70 years after the flood

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:00
Patricia Kullberg The World War II-era housing project outside North Portland maintained race and class boundaries

The fight for fair housing is far from over

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:30
Allan Lazo COMMENTARY | 50 years after the Fair Housing Act, segregation and discrimination persist in Portland

Fair Housing Act turns 50: Its impact and its hurdles

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Sarah Hansell Leanne Serbulo, Portland State University housing and segregation researcher, talks to Street Roots about the landmark legislation

Street Roots vendor collaborates with Oregon Symphony on song for baby

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:00
Helen Hill The Lullaby Project pairs new mothers with professional musicians to promote bond with infant

Director’s Desk: Ground-up inspiration, top-down response to homeless needs

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Harbor of Hope’s Homer Williams once fought Right 2 Survive Too. Now, he’s collaborated with its co-founder to propose a shelter and navigation center on the same site where he had resisted the homeless rest area.

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Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard