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Inmates sue over treatment at Oregon State Penitentiary

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:30
Emily Green Corrections employees named in civil rights lawsuit claiming abuse, including use of solitary confinement as retaliation

Street Roots vendor profile: Getting clean opens doors

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:00
Leonora Ko But finding jobs has been difficult for Netty because of her past

Where poverty, race, homelessness intersect – and how we can help

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:00
Shannon Singleton COMMENTARY | Let's slow down, explore our biases, listen to people of color and truly address racism

A global worker uprising: 'Things are bad enough for enough people'

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Annelise Orleck is coming to Portland with her new book, 'We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now,' about how poverty wages have sparked a labor movement unlike any other

In Central Oregon, the jobs are there; the homes are not

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe A shortage of housing for middle-class workers leaves employers and professionals in a bind

Remembering Cherie Manning, Street Roots’ creative-writing volunteer

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots Street Roots vendors pay tribute to Cherie through their writing

As Central Oregon's population spikes, so does its housing crisis

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe The region is now beset with a housing shortage and an increase in homelessness. How will it respond as it continues to grow?

Director's Desk: Trauma of shelter shooting reverberates through homeless community

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 01:00
Kaia Sand Several Street Roots vendors were at Cityteam, some for shelter and others for an AA meeting, when police shot John Elifritz on April 7

We can all help end the STD stigma: Get tested

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
Amanda McLaughlin Barreto COMMENTARY | April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month

How to raise the next generation of planet protectors

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 06:00
Emily Green Mary DeMocker’s new book highlights 100 things families can do to join the climate revolution without breaking the bank, losing sleep or terrifying kids

Street Roots vendor brings therapeutic creativity to the underserved

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 05:00
Helen Hill Art created in Lori Lematta's workshop for people with mental health conditions will be exhibited at a Portland gallery

Street Roots vendor profile: A daughter he never knew

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Harry, a longtime artist, has connected with newfound family

Ricky Gervais strives to be 'as arrogant and as stupid' as Trump

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:30
Steven MacKenzie The comedian talks about his propensity for coming up with the most offensive jokes, his influence on Twitter and his new Netflix special

What if we could fix poverty, economy, environment all at once? We can.

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:00
Megan Wildhood BOOK REVIEW | Nobel Prize-winning economist Muhammad Yunus’ 'A World of Three Zeros' is focused on solutions

SR editorial: Deja vu on Wapato shelter. It’s still a bad idea.

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 02:00
SR editorial board Having a support network is key to people feeling stable and capable. Segregating Portland's homeless population would undermine that.

13 books for climate-conscious children and teens

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:30
Emily Green Mary DeMocker, author of 'The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution,' shares her reading list for inspiring and motivating youths

5 websites for climate-fighting families

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:30
Street Roots Mary DeMocker, author of 'The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution,' shares her favorite online resources

Editorial cartoon: April 6, 2018

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards has spent decades making trouble

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:00
Joanne Zuhl The activist talks to Street Roots about her work and her new book, 'Make Trouble,' ahead of an appearance in Portland

50 years after King's assassination, his Poor People’s Campaign re-emerges

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:00
Colleen Grablick The modern movement inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. is a national call for moral revival

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