Street Roots

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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Street Roots vendor profile: Eye-opening experience on Portland's streets

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00
Leonora Ko Zaina is fighting Muslim stereotypes one smile at a time

Portland’s subversive sticker culture

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green Two street artists show us why Portland’s underground paste-up community is internationally renowned

SR editorial: One Oregon united in support of immigrant youths, families

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00
SR editorial board Across the state, the repeal of DACA has been denounced by academic, religious and business leaders

Editorial cartoon: Sept. 8, 2017

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Suzanne Bonamici: DACA repeal plays political games with people’s lives

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 16:07
Joanne Zuhl Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship, says the congresswoman from Oregon

Portland's sticker culture: The artists

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:25
Street Roots Learn more about the street artists on their social media pages

Codifying injustice with algorithms

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
Megan Wildhood BOOK REVIEW | “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy,” by Cathy O’Neil

Vulva Art Project aims to end body shame

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
Sarah Hansell Photographer Arkady Brown wants to heal, empower and break the stigma – with pictures

Director’s Desk: We're making a difference on homelessness, even if it's hard to see

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
Israel Bayer For every person the system finds housing for, there are more people becoming homeless

The science of Buddhism: 'Real progress' through meditation

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green Author Robert Wright says mindfulness can help us live better lives and 'endure the Trump era'

Editorial cartoon: Sept. 1, 2017

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00
Elizabeth Considine Sheeptoast

Climate change denier appointed to Oregon Global Warming Commission

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:05
Emily Green Sen. Alan Olsen joins the legislature’s advisory council on climate change

CAGED: Solitary confinement – an inmate's perspective

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green 'This is a lonely place,' Shane Staggs writes from his one-man cell at Oregon State Penitentiary

Our fading American Dream and what we can do about it

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 07:01
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | Efforts to speed economic growth are not the solution

CAGED: Inmates raise red flags about Oregon's solitary confinement

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:00
Emily Green Prisoners say staffers at Oregon State Penitentiary are abusing the system and overusing solitary confinement

CAGED: Little recourse for Oregon prisoners

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green Complex administrative rules and changes to federal laws often leave inmates feeling helpless

CAGED: Reforms to solitary confinement in Oregon uncertain

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green Corrections officials are weighing recommended changes but face barriers

Why you’re anxious, angry, depressed – and how to fix it

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00
Meredith Mathis BOOK REVIEW | “Unf#ck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-outs, and Triggers” by Faith G. Harper

Street Roots vendor writing: The streets need help, before it’s too late

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00
Maddy Brown-Clark 'Many of my street brothers and sisters are still homeless. What will become of them?'

Director's Desk: Inmate labor is ‘insanity’ when worthy programs can do more

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00
Israel Bayer In Portland, prisoners are cleaning up the camps of people who are being criminalized for sleeping outdoors. There's a better way.

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Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard