What: Benefit for street roots
When: 5 p.m., May 4
Where: Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd St., Portland
Bands: Jeffrey Harrison, Stars of Track and Field, Upright Dub Orchestra
21 and up, 6 bones and up at the door
Street roots is having a inaugural benefit from 5 to 10 p.m. May 4 at Berbati's Pan.
All proceeds for the event will go to support street roots, Portland's only street newspaper, in fulfilling its mission as an advocate for low-income and homeless people.
Headlining the night is the Portland indy rock band Stars of Track and Field. The evening starts off with an acoustic guitar performance by singer Jeffery Harrison, and finishes with the inspired reggae sounds of the UpRight Dub Orchestra. Event-goers can throw their ticket stubs into a raffle for free street roots T-shirts and other prizes. The night also includes a silent auction.
Also featured at the event will be a trailer for the upcoming documentary by Kwamba about Dignity Village.
Event organizers with street roots hope to draw a wide audience to the concert and art show.
Support for street roots helps pay for operational costs at the paper, which is the focal point in the organization's mission. Papers are sold to vendors for 25 cents each, and then sold on the street for $1, with the vendor keeping the profit. For many vendors this nominal income supplements disability insurance or veterans' benefits and helps them meet basic shelter and food needs. Some vendors who live on the street are able to take the money earned and get a warm meal or a safe place to sleep for the night.
Equally important to the mission is street roots' editorial content, which focuses on homeless and poverty issues. Street roots is a independent grassroots free press for writers of low-income and homeless backgrounds who aren't published anywhere else. These writers are featured throughout our newspaper, and in publications from our Cooperative Press program. This opportunity for creative expression and publication is empowering to classes of people.
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