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Street Roots vendor profile: Drummer found new rhythm at SR

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 05:00
Claire Rischiotto Ron has 'grown a lot' since he became a Street Roots vendor and poet seven years ago

April 4 events to mark 50th anniversary of MLK assassination

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:00
Emily Green In Portland, a morning call to action for racial and economic justice will be followed by a nationwide minute of silence and an evening march

Oregon groups sue USDA for dropping animal welfare rule

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green Center for Food Safety and Cultivate Oregon take on the Trump administration for killing a regulation that would have bolstered organic-labeling standards

Director’s Desk: Plans for Portland’s future must not neglect the poor

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 02:00
Kaia Sand Don’t make life more difficult for people experiencing homelessness: It’s a low bar, but one we often don’t meet

Editorial cartoon: March 30, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:30
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Portland 'Valve Turner' Leonard Higgins spared prison

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:00
Emily Green The climate activist is ordered to pay restitution for his role in the nation’s biggest takeover of fossil fuel infrastructure

Black Lives Matter pioneer DeRay Mckesson: ‘It doesn’t have to be this way’

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green The activist sat down with a Street Roots vendor to talk about the movement he helped launch

Street Roots vendor profile: ‘I’m shrewd, intense and very complex’

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill Gail sells Street Roots to get out of the house and interact with her customers

Canada's thriving marijuana producers want to take on Big Pharma

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:00
Nichola Saminather In a unique position to advance research, the nation's cannabis industry is free of many of the obstacles pot faces in the U.S.

Director's Desk: Tackling the tough questions about race, homelessness in Portland

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:00
Kaia Sand SPARC is working with Multnomah County as part of a nationwide effort to change the conversation about racial disparities and homelessness

Should TriMet have ‘rider advocates’ instead of more uniformed security?

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:00
Emily Green A local transit union and a rider advocacy group want the transit authority to rethink its decision to contract with Portland Patrol, Inc.

Editorial Cartoon: March 23, 2018

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Course of action: Students' perspectives on gun violence

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:00
Elizabeth Buelow Students at Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland interview one another about speaking up and taking a stand

‘Two Trains Running’: A play that parallels Portland’s gentrification

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 01:00
John Michael Sproles PassinArt’s production of the August Wilson play portrays issues afflicting black communities

Local strategies to fight the federal government's class war

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00
Mary King COMMENTARY | State and local taxes on the rich could support affordable housing, child care, health care in Oregon

The housing gap: U.S. is 7 million apartments short

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl The lead author of an annual national housing report says the lack of political will to fund proven programs is leaving the most vulnerable Americans out in the cold

Rally outside Portland timber conference to highlight eco-unfriendly forestry practices

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:00
Emily Green Advocates want Mayor Ted Wheeler to promote greener logging when he speaks at the International Mass Timber Conference

Street Roots vendor profile: A hiker with ‘a lot of dreams’

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Leonora Ko For Jeremiah, nature has been a life saver

What it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:30
Sarah Hansell A storytelling event will share perspectives of an experience advocates say many can relate to

Misled by a canvasser, I signed the anti-sanctuary petition

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 03:00
Jane Doe COMMENTARY | Sanctuary laws protect well-meaning immigrants. They protected my family.

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