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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SR editorial: Portland housing success lies in sustainable, systemic changes

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 06:00
SR editorial board The homeless crisis requires more than an emergency response; we need long-term strategies

Two-spirit animator embraces her art and identity

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 06:00
Tessa Vikander Vancouver, B.C., artist Raven John defies bullies and inspires Native youths with art

Ursula K. Le Guin: Free speech, press are 'liberty in action'

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe And that terrifies those who want to rule the world, the renowned Oregon author says

Street Roots vendor profile: Proud of his Native heritage

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00
Leonora Ko 'I’m from Sisseton-Wahpeton. The reservation is called Lake Traverse. (My tribe is) the Dakotas,' Harold says

Director’s Desk: Leadership means helping others lead, too

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00
Israel Bayer None of the work we do comes without the power of collaboration and support

Children of imprisoned parents get Oregon bill of rights

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe The first state law of its kind, the new policy is intended to minimize the trauma children experience when a parent is incarcerated

Dig deep! This farmer and activist has some radical ideas

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:07
Susan Storer Clark BOOK REVIEW | "Street Farm" author Michael Ableman is working to grow farmers in the city

The domination of big tech

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:42
Emily Green Author Franklin Foer warns against a world in which companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook have eroded our thought processes and command our lives

Kshama Sawant is a warrior for the working class

Street Roots News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:07
Emily Green Seattle’s socialist City Council member is coming to Portland to talk about organizing and movement building

Oregon arts programs hang in balance amid federal funding threats

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00
Amanda Waldroupe Programs that receive grant money add cultural and economic value across the state

Nez Perce activists fight to save the Snake River

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00
Stephen Quirke Julian Matthews and Elliott Moffett help organize a flotilla to advocate for removing four dams from the lower Snake

Street Roots vendor profile: A performer who perseveres

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00
Helen Hill Phat records hip-hop tracks and what he calls hi-fi kump

Rabbi Ariel Stone leads Portland congregation in fight for social justice

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00
Emily Green The leader of Congregation Shir Tikvah convened the Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance after Trump's election

Director’s Desk: The golden rule and other lessons learned in advocacy

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00
Israel Bayer Israel Bayer delivers some real talk about his experience fighting for people in poverty

Al Franken: ‘The best cure for homelessness is a home’

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:01
Ken Martin Roberta Haber The U.S. senator talks with a street paper vendor about poverty in America

Miss Anthology is using comics to create change

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00
Emilly Prado The project disrupts homogeneity with a platform for female and genderqueer youth comic artists

Street Roots vendor profile: Eye-opening experience on Portland's streets

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00
Leonora Ko Zaina is fighting Muslim stereotypes one smile at a time

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Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.

- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard
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