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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Like NAFTA, USMCA trade deal is about corporate globalization

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:30
Martin Hart-Landsberg COMMENTARY | Beware of biased methodology and bogus assumptions about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Confidence-building leads to better outcomes for homeless youths, study finds

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:00
Emily Green Programming at p:ear in Portland promotes self-esteem, which is critical to psychological well-being, according to research by a PSU grad student

Israel Bayer receives honorary doctorate from PSU

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Street Roots’ former director is recognized for his advocacy, which he’s continued since leaving the newspaper

Prism Health answers demand for LGBTQ+ mental health care

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 03:00
Ellena Rosenthal Since it opened in 2017, the primary care clinic serving Portland’s LGBTQ+ community has seen more than 1,000 patients and has added two mental health providers

Remembering John Davis: The most loving, humble, kindest person

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 02:00
Helen Hill The Street Roots vendor was known for his compassion, his sense of humor and his chess skills; memorials are planned for July

Trespass arrests at Portland-area hospitals criminalize mental illness, homelessness

Street Roots News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 09:08
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR'S DESK | A new report from Disability Rights Oregon finds people seeking help often wind up in jail – we can do better

Life on the Streets: Foot health, a never-ending struggle

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Nearly every Street Roots vendor who was asked had a story to tell about problems with feet

Street Roots vendor profile: A new start in Portland

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:00
Jessica Hamilton Wendy and Jeremiah credit their strong relationship and bond with their enduring resilience

Street Roots vendor writing: Reflections on work, life and racial justice

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 05:00
Nettie Johnson Nettie Johnson opens up about her experiences with addiction, discrimination and hope

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus to pay tribute to Stonewall anniversary

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 04:00
Ann-Derrick Gaillot The ensemble’s executive director, Richard Jung, talks about the show and the chorus’s role in the LGBTQ+ rights movement

Aging in America: Dr. Louise Aronson redefines what it means to grow old

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green Her new book, 'Elderhood,' reveals a reality in which doctors receive little training in the complexities of treating the elderly

​At Street Roots, old materials have a new purpose

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | The Village Building Convergence helped us reimagine our space from refuse, and the symbolism isn't lost on us

Pride endures 50 years after Stonewall

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:00
Kathleen Hinkel The 1969 uprising in New York City inspired a movement that continues today, but oppression of the LGBTQ+ community’s most marginalized persists, as well

Could nuclear power return to Oregon?

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 07:00
Emily Green Oregon has had a moratorium on nuclear energy facilities for 40 years, but legislators are considering whether to explore the potential in small modular reactors to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals

Revisiting the Robert Penn Warren interviews: A snapshot of the civil rights movement

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:40
Mike Wold BOOK REVIEW | “Free All Along: The Robert Penn Warren Interviews” by Stephen Smith and Catherine Ellis

Life on the Streets: A love story

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:00
Helen Hill Through the tough times and the good, Johnny and Stephanie find that life is better together

A morally reprehensible tour of Hanford nuclear site

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 05:00
Madison Arnold-Scerbo COMMENTARY | Visitors get a rosy account of nuclear weapons that glosses over the dire consequences

Street Roots vendor profile: A writer and a dreamer

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00
Jessica Hamilton Eileen – who sells Street Roots with her dog, Vicky – has her sights set on her own apartment

You are not welcome here: Anti-homeless architecture crops up nationwide

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 03:00
Kaitlin Jock COMMENTARY | The urban design trend, from planters in Portland to sprinklers in NYC, is hostile toward people who don't have somewhere else to rest

Coming to terms with our societal sepsis

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | There are a lot of ill people surviving on the streets, and they are being left behind

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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

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