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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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Housing Rural Oregon: A crisis beyond Portland's boundaries

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:00
Joanne Zuhl Rural Oregon is experiencing one of the worst housing crises of our lifetime

Education, not condemnation, say women who survived violence

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:00
Stella Paul A U.N. campaign to raise awareness and combat gender based violence will culminate Dec. 10, Human Rights Day

Restoring power to the people with solutions-oriented journalism

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe New York Times columnist David Bornstein is co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which advocates for stories that don’t just reveal problems but show how they can be solved

Street Roots vendor profile: 'I refuse to be stuck'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:00
Leonora Ko Laid of from his job, Allen continues to work hard at Street Roots, which has been 'a life saver'

Editorial cartoon: Dec. 1, 2017

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Portland’s rental housing commission launches

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe The advisory panel will make landlord-tenant policy recommendations and serve as a forum for public discussion, but its potential impact is uncertain

Top 10 ways to support Street Roots this holiday season

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:39
Israel Bayer The more you spread the love about Street Roots and the more people who purchase the newspaper, the more successful vendors are. It’s a win-win situation

Give & Give Back: 2017 Street Roots Gift Guide

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:22
Street Roots Give twice this holiday season when your purchases benefit charity

Russell Brand: Addiction, recovery and respect for street paper vendors

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:00
Anastasia Safioleas The actor and comedian talks to The Big Issue about his new book and how he never wants his battle with addiction to be a secret

‘Dreamers’ exhibit in Portland celebrates hope with art

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:00
Sarah Hansell Silent auction of portraits to benefit organizations working with undocumented immigrants

‘We can choose peace’: The need for new U.S.-Korea policy

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 09:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | Historically, it’s the United States – not North Korea – that has undermined diplomacy

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘We have something to give, too’

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:00
Helen Hill Melanie loves meeting new people and sharing stories

Time served: Portland restaurateurs consider hiring from Oregon’s prison system

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:00
Emily Green Rising rents are pricing out service industry workers, but jobseekers coming out of prison are ready to work

Director's Desk: There’s a new coffee in town – Street Roast

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:00
Israel Bayer Proceeds from the sale of each bag will support Street Roots

Editorial cartoon: Nov. 23, 2017

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 07:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

The thinning debate: Does logging help or hurt fire mitigation?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:00
Emily Green Politicians say thinning forests will help prevent ‘catastrophic’ fires. But ecologists say this season wasn’t the worst, and logging won’t stop it from happening again.

Editorial cartoon: Nov. 17, 2017

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Fix Portland's housing crisis: Tax big businesses and the wealthy

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | They've been enormously enriched for decades while taxes on the 1 percent have fallen

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘Service is my bottom line’

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill Twan, who likes to be ‘guided and inspired,’ got into the newspaper business when he was 13

The subtle alchemy of Three for Silver

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:00
Stephen Quirke Bassist Lucas Warford discusses music and the Portland trio’s latest trip to Russia


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