Volunteer Kaisa McCrow writes, “Street Roots motto is ‘for those who can’t afford free speech.’ The content and investigative journalism in the paper provides stories regarding marginalized communities, inequality, systemic abuses, addiction, etc. It brings clarity to political wranglings over budgets and often complex systems that are difficult for people to understand. The newspaper asks what the need is, and works to provide solutions for the general pubic, policy makers, and the non-profit community. Street Roots is also a platform for individuals to publish their voices through poems, editorials, and opinions. It connects the Portland community with each picture, heartfelt poem, and customized cartoon. If the investigative journalism of the paper uncovers the way people are being marginalized, the personal side of the paper reminds us that we are all human and together share in these experiences.”
But Street Roots takes it a step further. With our ear always to the ground, we’re listening to the problems and helping to forge solutions.
“Street Roots is playing a catalytic role in affordable housing policy at the city level. They have stepped into the leadership role and are bringing new voices, new partners, new energy and new ideas together in really exciting ways,” says Janet Byrd with Neighborhood Partnerships.
Real news from the streets
Some of those ideas have included groundbreaking reporting about healthcare and the homeless, specifically on traumatic injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, deaths on the streets, harm reduction models and mental health. The newspaper highlights important news stories with new and emerging ideas, ranging from the LBTQ and minority communities to immigrants and to veterans returning from foreign wars. We have taken on important legislative matters locally, in Salem, and around the United States.
With your help, we will continue to work towards using media to seek a future of both equality and justice for all — something we share as a collective responsibility in a healthy society.
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Mission: Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by publishing a newspaper that is a catalyst for individual and social change.