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…

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…

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…

Reunite an Immigrant Parent with Their Child

Remember last September when we raised a few dollars for RAICES and their efforts to help immigrants particularly hard hit by the floods? Well, RAICES has their hands full now with this insane family separation policy at our southern border. This time, though, people are coming out in droves to support the work they are…

Joe Kye to Headline Benefit for ICHRP-US

Here at While Rome Burns we have a knack for bringing you top-notch artists from all points along the musical spectrum. We continue this tradition with another ground-breaking artist at our May benefit for the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-US). Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist- looper and vocalist…