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,…

Let’s try something different this Thanksgiving.

Maybe, I dunno, humility? Think the last couple of years have been rough for diversity in America? How about the last couple of centuries? If you are descended from the indigenous inhabitants of this amazing country, your history of marginalization and resistance extends farther back than the latest insanity brought into sharp focus by the…

Don’t get mad. Get pizza.

For Free! Yes, you heard us – FREE PIZZA! If you vote, that is.  AND –  dance ’til your feet decide to take a hike, to the music of The New Iberians and the Reverb Brothers! And help support this month’s fabulous organization, Rahab’s Sisters! How could you go wrong? Here’s the deal: While Rome Burns…

Karen Lovely, Tevis Hodge Jr. to benefit Causa at this month’s WRB

Artist/activist group While Rome Burns is focusing on the issue of immigration at this month’s benefit. With back-to-back performances by two of Portland’s most dynamic blues/jazz/R&B/Americana luminaries, Karen Lovely and Tevis Hodge Jr., While Rome Burns hopes to raise both money and awareness for Causa, one of Oregon’s most committed Latino immigrant support organizations. Please…