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A loss for words: Native American languages under threat

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00
Rosalyn R. LaPier Despite the Native American Languages Act of 1990, the dialects of indigenous communities still face extinction

Street Roots vendor profile: The will to move forward

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 04:00
Leonora Ko Donald, who will soon be moving into housing, is grateful to be alive

Call of the wild: A street paper vendor and his camera

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 03:30
Bridget Mountain Real Change vendor Bryant Carlin captures a rapidly changing landscape

Orcas: Dammed to death?

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 03:00
Stephen Quirke As a Washington state panel calls for studying the breaching of Snake River dams to protect Southern Resident killer whales, pressure builds for swift action

Director's Desk: 5 ways you can support Street Roots

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand From buying extra newspapers to making a donation

Robert De Niro: Role with the punches

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 07:00
Francine White The actor and activist talks about work, family and that guy in the White House

Why we mustn’t look away

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 06:30
Mathieu Thériault COMMENTARY | Zombie Boy and youths who tattoo their faces bring to mind a more pressing issue that stares us in the face

Virgo and Pisces: A bond between father and son

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 06:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | As different as water and earth, but we belong together

Gutting workers’ rights with mandatory arbitration

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 05:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | Don’t count on the courts to protect you

Street Roots vendor profile: Grateful for his customers

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 04:00
Helen Hill Roger believes in paying it forward

Money matters: Tips from financial literacy gurus

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Instructors at Financial Beginnings Oregon share advice about building credit, packing away retirement savings and staying on budget this holiday season

Director’s Desk: Solution-minded citizenry deserves city of Portland's support

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Don't just make it easy for people to complain. Make it easy for people to help.

Shariff Abdullah: No one-size-fits-all solution for garbage and poverty

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 01:30
Jared Paben The Commonway Institute director talks about the intersection between homelessness and waste management

Street Roots zine, 'I Am,' highlights vendors' voices

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 01:00
Cole Merkel This year's publication is printed in color, featuring vibrant artwork and thoughtful writing by Street Roots vendors

Bill Murray discusses his foray into classical music

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 07:00
Doug Wallen Best known for his quirky film roles and eccentric personality, his latest stint as a touring musician has made him a global sensation

Alyssa Milano has advice for her younger self

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:00
The Big Issue Australia The actor turned activist has become an everyman in the center of national controversies, from #MeToo to the Kavanaugh hearings

Street Roots vendor profile: An inseparable pair

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 04:00
Alex Gillow-Wiles Scott gives Indica his unconditional love, and the dog helps him navigate his life, as well

Monetary sanctions and vicious circle of poverty they perpetuate

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Oregon courts are going through the motions of imposing and collecting punitive fines and fees, but when it comes to low-income defendants, nothing about the process adds up

Portland’s story of oppression, through art

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 02:00
Helen Hill Abigail DeVille’s installation at PICA features Street Roots papers, vendor artwork

Director’s Desk: Imagination is a powerful force for justice

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 01:00
Kaia Sand Envision an Oregon where everyone has a right to safe, affordable, stable housing


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