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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Preparing for MAX line, SW Portland tries to get ahead of gentrification

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe Neighbors hope to preserve affordable housing and stave off displacement

Director's Desk: It’s not ‘Fake News’; it’s propaganda

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
Israel Bayer The news media face myriad challenges, but great journalists are still working hard to serve their communities

‘A visual diary’ of Portland’s artists of color

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
Emilly Prado Finding it tough to break into the city’s largely white creative scene, Celeste Noche is using her blog, ‘Portland in Color,’ to draw attention to diversity

Eric Liu wants us to build change from the ground up

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:00
Mike Wold The author of ‘You’re More Powerful Than You Think’ explains how

Tom Morello: ‘If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention’

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:00
Jason Greenough The Prophets of Rage (and Rage Against the Machine) musician has never been afraid to be politically provocative

Yes, Trump might have a mental illness – but that's irrelevant

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:00
Meredith Mathis Jason Renaud COMMENTARY | The stigmatizing language undermines real talk about mental health; Trump's problem is bad judgment

Street Roots vendor profile: Mathematical mind, artistic soul

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill Peter tries to ‘inspire people to appreciate the natural environment’

My daughter: An essay by a father behind bars

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:00
Enrique Bautista She ‘surpasses in importance even the harshest of mistreatments and living conditions in prison,’ Enrique says

Editorial cartoon: Oct. 13, 2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 04:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Director's Desk: Portland housing bond framework charts course for change

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 03:00
Israel Bayer With the city about to start seeking funding proposals, the real work begins

A measured approach to globalization

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Robin Hahnel COMMENTARY | Restoring prudent regulations for U.S. employers is the first step

Portland-area communities address hygiene needs on the streets

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe As the homeless figures rise, the need for more toilets, showers and laundry facilities is evident

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Nothing but good things’ from Portland

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill On track to get housing, Mark meets his daily needs with money he earns selling Street Roots

Director’s Desk: Persist. Unite. Fight for social justice.

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Israel Bayer We must march on. We must hold the line.

Portland stalled on fair and equitable contracting

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green Labor groups demand end to worker exploitation on all publicly funded construction projects

Editorial cartoon: Oct. 6, 2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Portland exhibits highlight beauty beneath human tragedy

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:56
Emily Green Artwork at Gallery 114 in the Pearl District showcases homelessness and the Syrian refugee crisis

Street Roots vendor profile: 'Doing the right things'

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:29
Helen Hill Rick kicked his addictions on his own: If you want help, show you want it, he says

What’s the problem with NORCOR?

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 07:45
Thacher Schmid Lawsuits, political resistance, immigrant rights and the state’s sanctuary law are forming a perfect storm over the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities

Faith & Justice: Portland pastor Adam Phillips does church differently

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green The Rev. Adam Phillips will give a TEDx talk on inclusion, the foundation of his evangelical practice


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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