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Jeremy Ebobisse is as expressive off the field as on it

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:00
DeVon Pouncey The Portland Timbers forward talks to Street Roots about how he uses his platform to advocate for social justice

Buyer beware: Multnomah County a national leader in sex-trafficking enforcement

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
Libby Dowsett At the forefront of a national push to hold johns accountable, the Sheriff's Department has an innovative approach to gathering information on traffickers

Street Roots vendor profile: A bright mind and a sense of humor

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill John is proud of his accomplishments in the years since he served time

Young climate activists to host Portland town hall

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Merkley, Blumenauer will be among speakers at the Sunrise Movement PDX event, aimed at bringing the community together around climate action

Thom Hartmann: Why we have the 2nd Amendment – and pervasive gun violence

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green The progressive pundit talks to Street Roots about his new book highlighting American’s history of firearms, which have been a tool of oppression for centuries, he says

Marchers trek from Portland to Salem for housing, homeless rights

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:30
Street Roots PHOTOS | Advocates participating in the weeklong Give Us Shelter March are calling for Oregon to declare a state of emergency on housing

SR editorial: Time to reform broken public-defender system

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board Oregon House Bill 3145 would bring indigent defense more in balance with the prosecution

Portland hospital ER often swamped with mental health crises, says department worker

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill Dan Currin, an emergency department crisis intervention specialist, discusses ERs’ role when psychiatric patients have nowhere else to go

The problem with that home on the range

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30
Amanda Waldroupe The wide open spaces and complex housing needs prompt Northeast Oregon’s housing authority to ramp up outreach to people in need

Portland law clinic ushers homeless youths through the legal process

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00
Sarah Hansell The nonprofit Homeless Youth Law Clinic assists with legal issues that go far beyond housing

Unlocking the rainbow: Small press amplifies voices of LGBTQ+ prisoners

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 05:00
Quiver Watts California-based ABO Comix works with dozens of incarcerated artists

Street Roots vendor profile: Empowering people in poverty

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Brent, and advocate for people on the streets, has been involved with Portland’s street paper since the 1990s – before it was Street Roots

Becoming Lily, the homeless Muppet on Sesame Street

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 03:00
Aimee Knight Kama Einhorn talks about creating the character, who provides an opportunity to teach young children about family homelessness

A journey toward redemption begins at Street Roots

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Please help us keep the enterprise strong

How George Clinton stays funky as all hell

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:00
Woody McDonald The funk legend is stepping back – but not before he completes one final tour

The ultra-rich who give with one hand, take with the other

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:30
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Winners Take All, the Elite Charade of Changing the World’ by Anand Giridharadas

I found my way, thanks to my mentors

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Because of the support and guidance I received since childhood, I see a higher purpose

Street Roots vendor profile: Proud of how far he has come

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Mykel has led a troubled life but has become 'a really good person'

Oregon considers peer-led centers for sober socializing and support after treatment ends

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green A bill in the House would help people make it to the five-year mark, where chance of relapse drops drastically

Oh, the places we could go!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Proposed portable toilets would shift funds used to clean up homeless camps toward facilities that foster dignity and public health

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Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon