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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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When Portland’s Old Town was the North End

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots News Feed - 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’

Street Roots News Feed - 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

Street Roots vendor writing: Dreaming of reading ‘Anna Karenina’

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 05:00
J. Juno "I had to read because this was never about just reading a book. It was never about 'Anna Karenina.' This was about me and me fighting me."

Street Roots vendor profile: A poet in our midst

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Daniel says Street Roots inspired him to write poetry

Retirements prompt mass eviction at affordable refuge in downtown Portland

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 03:00
Amanda Waldroupe City’s relocation funds will help tenants with the move, but loss of affordable units could make it tough to find new homes

SR editorial: Time for Oregon Legislature to discuss rent stabilization

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board We’re in a housing crisis. We need to lift the pre-emption on rent control.

2 books that explore Big Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Dopesick’ and ‘Pain Killer’

Celebrating the grit and humanity of Portland's Old Town

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 01:00
Street Roots A series of stories about the city's oldest neighborhood

How we can avoid climate disaster

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:00
Emily Green We don’t need to focus on every little solution; just a few that work, says energy policy expert Hal Harvey

Street Roots vendor profile: Busting stereotypes about people on the streets

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00
Helen Hill William’s passion is to help others stop judging homeless people

We are standing our ground for justice at the border

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00
Pat Rumer COMMENTARY | We showed up with love at the fence as thousands of asylum seekers await their chance to enter the U.S.

Notable and Quotable: Our favorites from 2018

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots Highlights from some of our newsmakers of the past year

Saving lives at sea: The ripple effect of a global refugee crisis

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:30
Birgit Müller Jonas Füllner At the height of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, commercial ships rushed to the rescue, often traumatizing sailors

Under the shadow of Vista Bridge: There is hope in the face of suicidal thoughts

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Proper access to mental health care saved my life

A new year and so many possibilities for Street Roots

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:30
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Join us in building our future; your support matters

DeVon Pouncey: A new face at Street Roots

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 01:00
Helen Hill Street Roots’ new vendor program coordinator emphasizes communication in a challenging role

Port of St. Helens decision clears way for expanded oil shipments

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:00
Stephen Quirke Local critics says commissioners rushed the Port Westward vote and were not receptive to opposition

Stretched thin: Solutions sought for Portland social workers

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe Local agencies weigh budget options to alleviate the high-stress and low-wage conditions social-service workers face on the front lines of the homeless crisis

What Street Roots vendors are thankful for this holiday season

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 04:00
Street Roots They're grateful for life, love, friends, their customers, and more

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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
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