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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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How Roma is inspiring fairer treatment of domestic workers in Mexico

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 03:00
Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima Arely Cruz-Santiago COMMENTARY | Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning movie highlights the struggle of the profession

A changing of the guard at Street Roots

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | It was the last day for our vendor program director; it was the first day for 12 new vendors

Multnomah County, CareOregon step in with funding for Lincoln Hotel evictees

Street Roots News Feed - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 08:32
Amanda Waldroupe Low-income renters were in final weeks of 90-day countdown to eviction

A target of hate: Jonathan Weisman on being Jewish today

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:00
Ashley Archibald The New York Times journalists discusses his new book, which chronicles the rise of anti-Semitism in the age of Donald Trump

Birthdays behind bars: An essay by an inmate

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 06:00
Enrique Bautista Everybody celebrates in a different way

Sen. Ron Wyden aims to end fossil fuel favoritism

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:00
Joanne Zuhl Oregon's senior U.S. senator calls for a tax overhaul to support the Green New Deal

Filmmaker gives a voice to vulnerable young refugees

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:30
Aimee Knight More than 13 million children are refugees, but we rarely hear from them. Nadine Labaki is changing that with 'Capharnaüm.'

Street Roots vendor profile: Books are the key to his heart

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 04:00
Christopher Gonzalez When Michael isn't selling Street Roots, you can probably find him reading

The misdemeanor trap: Time to pay attention, says Alexandra Natapoff

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green Every year, millions of low-level offenders are swept up into the criminal justice system

The human face of the Portland housing emergency

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 01:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | To whom it may concern ...

Saving the bees: Blumenauer aims to stop use of common pesticide linked to colony decline

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:00
Emily Green The Oregon congressman has higher hopes for the Save America’s Pollinators Act this time around

Dolly Parton: A regular person, just doing my thing

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:00
Holly Gleason The country music legend muses about opening her heart, writing new music and standing up for the underdog

How technology is harming our ability to feel empathy

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:00
Emily Green Dr. Helen Riess, author of 'The Empathy Effect,' says the way we communicate can influence how and what we feel for others

She documented a Valve Turner and the grief that drove him to action

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 05:00
Stephen Quirke Portland filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel talks about making her documentary, 'The Reluctant Radical'

Life on the Streets: Surviving the cold

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 04:00
Helen Hill Street Roots vendors talk about how they get through Portland winters on the streets

Harmful pesticides found in common store-brand foods

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green Samples from national chains show three controversial chemicals present in fresh and prepackaged items

Do we need warnings on Wi-Fi?

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:00
Joanne Zuhl Oregon lawmakers push for guidelines on disclosing possible health risks from electromagnetic radiation in schools

Sen. Wyden: Schools need more funding for counselors, mental health

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:00
Ron Wyden COMMENTARY | Homeless students deserve the same education as their peers

Life on the Streets: The pain, cost and stigma of parasites

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill A periodic column about the parts of homelessness most people don’t talk about

Street Roots vendor profile: Upbeat in spite of the challenges

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 04:30
Pat Zimmer Bronwyn is a writer, an artist and an avid reader

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Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon
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