Think & Drink Portland 2019–20: Making Democracy

Fred Joe

Abraham Lincoln described democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” but democracy in the United States has always excluded some people from participating. Throughout our history, groups of Americans have worked to make democracy more inclusive while others have worked to concentrate power. How can the United States become a more fully democratic society? Is it possible for majority rule to represent the interests of the country’s most vulnerable people? Where is democracy being practiced in a way that deserves the name? In this year’s Think & Drink series, we’ll consider how we make decisions together in our communities in four onstage conversations with activists, writers and civic leaders.

Think & Drink takes place at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., in Portland, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We invite you to stay after the program for snacks and conversation. Minors are welcome when accompanied by an adult. No-cost tickets are available for all Think & Drink events.


The 2019–20 Think & Drink series is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Stoel Rives LLP, Tonkon Torp LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Our community partners for the series are Next Up, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, League of Women Voters of Oregon, League of Women Voters of PortlandPineros y Campesinos Unidos del NoroesteUnite Oregon, and Write Around Portland.

Questions about Think & Drink? Please contact Ben Waterhouse at


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