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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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Tina Kotek: 2019 legislative session gets a B+

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 03:00
Joanne Zuhl Oregon's House speaker reflects on the session and what she sees as wins for housing, education and – yes – the environment

People on the streets have a voice in building better first response

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | As the city explores how to pilot Portland Street Response, it’s reaching out to unhoused residents

Street Roots vendor writing: NOFX lyrics speak for the disenfranchised

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 01:00
Timothy “Wrecks” Grabowieckie The famed punk band will play at Portland Meadows on July 12

Future of Oregon water resources in peril

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:00
Emily Green The state has done little to prevent water scarcity as climate change and population growth take hold

This art will self-destruct

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 06:00
Michelle Gamage A British Columbia artist creates environmentally friendly pieces that decompose in nature

Street Roots vendor writing: Hats off to the volunteers

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 05:00
Paulette Bade 'You can feel the heart in here,' Paulette Bade writes about Street Roots

He planned every detail of his wedding – and his death hours later

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 03:00
Ashley Archibald Robert Fuller wanted to die with dignity, on his own terms. ‘I’ll see you on May 10,’ he told his guests.

Do no harm: States, doctors across the U.S. still grapple with Death With Dignity

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 02:00
Ashley Archibald Despite decades on the books, and dispelling opponents’ fears, individuals, health care organizations and the country remain at opposite ends of the issue

Trump wants to intercede on homeless crisis – but on whose behalf?

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Our president, who deplores the visibility of homelessness, doesn't understand the federal government’s role in the housing crisis

Relaunching his Portland police novel, Kent Anderson laments worsened social climate

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 07:00
Jason Cohen ‘Night Dogs’ exposes racial and economic disparity in 1970s Portland

My story of self-harm: Not just a cry for help

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:30
Gabrielle Reid COMMENTARY | It’s an unhealthy coping mechanism – an addiction that requires support

Life on the Streets: The proliferation of private guards

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Some Street Roots vendors welcome the added security; others say private guards – who are not police – overstep their bounds

Short film shows how Eastmoreland neighborhood saved its giant trees

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:30
Street Roots 'Giants' by Luz Carasa, part of if the 'Canopy Stories' anthology, has screenings scheduled in Portland

Solitary confinement suit against Oregon DOC dismissed in federal court

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:00
Emily Green The inmates' attorney plans to file an amended complaint alleging unconstitutional use of segregation

Street Roots vendor profile: Part of the community

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 01:00
Helen Hill Dan, a veteran Street Roots vendor, has shared his personal struggles through his 'down to earth' writing, which has been published in the newspaper

Portlanders at risk of displacement need a seat at the table, Cat Goughnour says

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 01:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot The founder of Right 2 Root talks about the impact of gentrification and how her organization brings community members into the planning process

Report: Oregon children worse off in the wake of poverty, suicides

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 01:00
Libby Dowsett The state ranks 29th in the U.S. for children’s economic well-being while child and teen deaths surge, according to the 30th annual Kids Count National Data Book

SR editorial: Oregon youths pay the price of GOP walkout

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 01:00
SR editorial board When the Legislature turns its back on Oregonians, it tacitly approves continued hardships for our next generation

Sara Kruzan, imprisoned for killing her sex trafficker, is free and fighting back

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:00
Tony Inglis Sentenced as a teen to life without parole – ‘a living death sentence’ – she tells street papers she’s ashamed of how America treats its children

Street Roots vendor profile: Being open and being real

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 06:00
Christopher Gonzalez Ed is pleased that his hard work toward sobriety and stability is paying off

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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
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