Not long ago we had the pleasure of meeting D. Bora Harris, activist and one-time political candidate (Multnomah County Chair). Championing the causes of the elderly, homeless people, affordable housing, and the interests of children, Bora, a business specialist and consultant from the black community, told us what her current project is: To help feed folks at Walnut Park Shelter.
This seemed like an excellent project to us, so naturally we asked if While Rome Burns could help out. And that’s exactly what we plan to do the last Sunday this month, with the help of some fine musicians: Tevis Hodge Jr. and Leah Rae Charles. Won’t you join us?
Sunday Dec 29, 5 – 7 PM
Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge
3552 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227 (map)
$10 (100% goes to Feed The Folks at Walnut Park Shelter)
Walnut Park Shelter
Transition Projects helps people experiencing homelessness transition to housing. Living on the streets is tough – mentally, physically, and emotionally. To survive, those experiencing homelessness need access to basic services and safe spaces to be – both during the day and at night.
Transition Projects’ Walnut Park Shelter is a seasonal, overnight shelter for 80 men, women, and couples that offers safety off the street and support to help people experiencing homelessness regain stability, connect to essential support services, and access stable and permanent housing options.
D. Bora Harris
Harris has a Masters degree in public administration, experience in both the public and private sectors and has been active in politics and various community organizations for decades. She is president of D. Harris Leadership Institute, a limited liability corporation where she developed the “Move Beyond Your Walls Initiative.”
Tevis Hodge Jr
Mining the vein of traditional American music including: blues, jazz, ragtime, jugband and folk, Tevis Hodge Jr. has been wowing fans from Portland’s tiniest music joints to it’s biggest festival stages. He performs in various band configurations, and as a solo act in the Portland area and the greater Northwest. Hodge has performed with a number of musical luminaries, including vaudeville legend Baby Gramps, folk giant Peter Yarrow, Joe McMurrian (winner of The Best Independent Blues Release), Suburban Slim (three time Muddy Award nominee), Lucy Hammond (top 5 on Roots Music Charts for Oregon) and Kevin Selfe (Muddy Award winner). While Rome Burns is pleased as punch to welcome Mr. Hodge to the fold.
Leah Rae Charles
Singer/songwriter Leah Rae Charles has a talent for connecting with audiences, whether she’s belting out the low-down dirty blues or crooning her way through chestnuts like “Killing Me Softy” and “Bang Bang” (!), Leah is passionate about art in all its forms. A mother of three and college student, Leah believe’s that love heals and that we are all lights waiting to shine!