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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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Jeremy Ebobisse is as expressive off the field as on it

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:00
DeVon Pouncey The Portland Timbers forward talks to Street Roots about how he uses his platform to advocate for social justice

Buyer beware: Multnomah County a national leader in sex-trafficking enforcement

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 06:00
Libby Dowsett At the forefront of a national push to hold johns accountable, the Sheriff's Department has an innovative approach to gathering information on traffickers

Street Roots vendor profile: A bright mind and a sense of humor

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 05:00
Helen Hill John is proud of his accomplishments in the years since he served time

Young climate activists to host Portland town hall

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Emily Green Merkley, Blumenauer will be among speakers at the Sunrise Movement PDX event, aimed at bringing the community together around climate action

Thom Hartmann: Why we have the 2nd Amendment – and pervasive gun violence

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green The progressive pundit talks to Street Roots about his new book highlighting American’s history of firearms, which have been a tool of oppression for centuries, he says

Marchers trek from Portland to Salem for housing, homeless rights

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:30
Street Roots PHOTOS | Advocates participating in the weeklong Give Us Shelter March are calling for Oregon to declare a state of emergency on housing

SR editorial: Time to reform broken public-defender system

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:00
SR editorial board Oregon House Bill 3145 would bring indigent defense more in balance with the prosecution

Portland hospital ER often swamped with mental health crises, says department worker

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00
Helen Hill Dan Currin, an emergency department crisis intervention specialist, discusses ERs’ role when psychiatric patients have nowhere else to go

The problem with that home on the range

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30
Amanda Waldroupe The wide open spaces and complex housing needs prompt Northeast Oregon’s housing authority to ramp up outreach to people in need

Portland law clinic ushers homeless youths through the legal process

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00
Sarah Hansell The nonprofit Homeless Youth Law Clinic assists with legal issues that go far beyond housing

Unlocking the rainbow: Small press amplifies voices of LGBTQ+ prisoners

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 05:00
Quiver Watts California-based ABO Comix works with dozens of incarcerated artists

Street Roots vendor profile: Empowering people in poverty

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Brent, and advocate for people on the streets, has been involved with Portland’s street paper since the 1990s – before it was Street Roots

Becoming Lily, the homeless Muppet on Sesame Street

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 03:00
Aimee Knight Kama Einhorn talks about creating the character, who provides an opportunity to teach young children about family homelessness

A journey toward redemption begins at Street Roots

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Please help us keep the enterprise strong

How George Clinton stays funky as all hell

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:00
Woody McDonald The funk legend is stepping back – but not before he completes one final tour

The ultra-rich who give with one hand, take with the other

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:30
Joe Martin BOOK REVIEW | ‘Winners Take All, the Elite Charade of Changing the World’ by Anand Giridharadas

I found my way, thanks to my mentors

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:00
Dustin Dandliker COMMENTARY | Because of the support and guidance I received since childhood, I see a higher purpose

Street Roots vendor profile: Proud of how far he has come

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00
Pat Zimmer Mykel has led a troubled life but has become 'a really good person'

Oregon considers peer-led centers for sober socializing and support after treatment ends

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 03:00
Emily Green A bill in the House would help people make it to the five-year mark, where chance of relapse drops drastically

Oh, the places we could go!

Street Roots News Feed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:00
Kaia Sand DIRECTOR’S DESK | Proposed portable toilets would shift funds used to clean up homeless camps toward facilities that foster dignity and public health

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Between the FYI-texts: 'Did you see this in Street Roots?', scrolling by the happy #NewPaperFriday selfies on social media, and picking up the weekly with my groceries — the Street Roots experience is totally integrated into my Portland life. We are a lucky city to have the love, dedication, and tenacity for good news and better community that Street Roots brings us every day of the year.

- Jes Larson, Executive Director, Welcome Home Coalition
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