Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

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.

Desmond Hardison

Desmond Hardison
Position: 
Canvasser
Relationship to Street Roots: 

Desmond is one of the founding fathers of Street Roots, here from day one as a vendor. Desmond helped create the organization's first mission statement and the first Street Roots board. Desmond was also the principal fundraiser for Street Roots in the early days. "I love people, Street Roots and my co-workers. Oh, and my family!" Desmond is a disabled veteran living in Portland Oregon.

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

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