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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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Native voices lost in stereotypes, racist slurs

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | White boys who mocked a Native American elder were afforded a nuance that people of color are rarely afforded in the media

Profits and preventable deaths in Oregon jails

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:00
Tara Herivel COMMENTARY | Private health care companies profit from incarcerated patients, and people are dying on their watch

What politicians get wrong – or do not care – about us

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:00
Martin Hart-Landsberg Thanks in part to corporate lobbying, lawmakers think constituents are more conservative than they are

Where are Portland housing dollars going?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 05:00
Amanda Waldroupe Spending’s up, and an audit of the city and county homeless service system follows the money

The legacy of Old Town Portland: An illustrated history

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 04:30
Helen Hill A series of drawings depicts the history of Portland's oldest neighborhood

Tina and Chris: An inspiring story from the streets

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | If we know the barriers RV dwellers face, surely we can remove them

Camp sweep comes as city takes over on ODOT land

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 14:39
Kaia Sand Two Street Roots vendors had been living in the camp for months without hassle `

When Portland had the largest Japantown in Oregon

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00
Libby Dowsett Portland’s Old Town is well known as Chinatown, but in the late 1800s through 1942, a number of blocks made up Nihonmachi, or Japantown

County steps in to help Lincoln Hotel's evicted tenants

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:28
Amanda Waldroupe The vulnerable residents of this affordable complex in downtown Portland have found an ally

Street Roots vendor profile: A champion for diabetes awareness

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 07:00
Pat Zimmer Sparky lost his vision as a result of diabetes. But now, he's keeping fit and sharing his story.

Lillian and Lena: Two black women from early-1900s Portland

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green One was a society woman, the other a prostitute. Together, their stories show what it was like to be an African-American woman in Old Town.

Oregon renters bring lobbying power to 2019 legislative session

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:30
Amanda Waldroupe It couldn’t come at a more pivotal time

Street Roots vendor profile: At last, safe in a bed

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill CW has gotten off the street and into the Clark Center, 'an oasis in the middle of a desert'

The oldest profession in the oldest part of town

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Sex has always sold well, and it’s been business as usual in Portland's Old Town for at least 150 years

What became of Portland's queer hub

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Sarah Hansell Stark Street was once the heart of LGBTQ+ culture, but now ‘we can go anywhere,’ says Walter Cole, better known as the legendary drag queen Darcelle XV

The Oshu Nippo: Translating a Japanese newspaper published in Portland into English

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:00
Libby Dowsett In the early 1900s, the publication was a way for Japanese immigrants to stay connected

Remembering Tia Plympton, a mentor for homeless youths

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:30
Haven Wheelock The advocate with Outside In died Jan. 6. She was 74.

When Portland’s Old Town was the North End

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:00
Doug Kenck-Crispin Aa snapshot of a few blocks of Portland’s past

The Portland IWW: Revolution and music

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00
JD Chandler Cultural resistance – through graphic design, cartoons and songs – was one of the Wobblies’ most effective tools

Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown: ‘The original downtown’

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:00
Joanne Zuhl Street Roots reflects on some of the characters that made Old Town what it was – and is today


Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

I firmly believe that Street Roots was largely responsible for keeping the fate of inmate moms and their children on the minds of Oregonians. Because of Street Roots' in-depth reporting and tireless advocacy, the Oregon legislature overturned the Dept. of Corrections' decision to de-fund the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Thanks to Street Roots, the Family Preservation Project is alive and well today helping inmate moms build healthy bonds with their children

- Brian Lindstrom, Filmmaker