Making Sure the Kids Are Alright

SMYRC (Sexual Gender and Minority Youth Resource Center) provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more. With the goals of increasing academic…

In Our Name

People seeking refuge from unspeakable violence, from abject poverty, from political oppression are imprisoned, deported, or simply turned away – in our name. A generation of young folks – hard-working, talented, studious – is facing the reality that at any time they could be detained and deported to a country they don’t know and may…

Voz is working to protect the rights of day laborers and immigrants.

While Rome Burns, The Go Cats and Michelle Alany want to help. Voz is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity. While Rome Burns is honored to support this wonderful organization at this month’s WRB…

Help us send a kid or two to art camp.

Art fills the void.Swamp Thang fills the dance floor. This month While Rome Burns welcomes the fabulous Swamp Thang (featuring WRB alum Jennifer Smieja) to the Mississippi Pizza Pub stage along with opening act Root Cellar Duo. We’re raising funds to support Grace Institute’s scholarship program for prospective Grace Art Camp students.  Sunday May 26,  5…

Thousands Have Lived Without Love, Not One Without Water. – W.H.Auden

This month is all about love – and water. The fight for indigenous rights (and human rights, really) that began over the Dakota Access Pipe Line at Standing Rock spawned protests, court battles, and intense media coverage. It also spawned the organization we hope to support at this month’s While Rome Burns benefit: The Pacific…

A Benefit, and a Remembrance

This month’s While Rome Burns has a dual purpose: First, we want to welcome and support the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, a wonderful group working on issues close to our hearts. Second, we want to pay our respects to one of Portland’s most unique and loving musicians. A year after his passing, Jaime Leopold’s…

And Now For Something Completely Different

Young folks raising a ruckus for young folks. This month While Rome Burns welcomes the amazing Central Catholic High School Jazz Band, The Brass Pack and Bird Bennett in support of one of Portland’s premier organizations supporting homeless youth, p:ear (project: education, art, recreation). p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education,…

Pearl and Lovely for Innovation Law Lab: This Month’s WRB Extravaganza

This month While Rome Burns returns to a familiar issue: Immigration. As I write this the government is (partially) closed for business and there is “a humanitarian crisis” at our southern border (for once, the president is right). The good news is we’re not sitting on our hands. Not us, and not the Innovation Law…

Free Hot Soup. Extra Hot Rice. A Little Sheila on the side.

Who doesn’t love free hot soup? I love free hot soup. Especially if it’s the fantastic community outfit that calls themselves – quite straightforwardly – Free Hot Soup. Their name is what they do – provide free hot soup (and other sustenance) to folks who most need it: folks experiencing homelessness, poverty, marginalization. Folks living…