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Dine 4 Democracy

Powered by The Philadelphia Citizen, the monthly dinner series invites you to eat, drink and support causes you believe in


Dine 4 Democracy is a Citizen-powered movement of monthly dinners to support impactful charities while learning about and discussing important topics in our national discourse. Started after the election by Penn researcher Laura Henderson and three friends around the country, Dine 4 Democracy is meant to be fun and informative. Use the form below to sign up, then check out the cheat sheet provided by Dine 4 Democracy to help you get started hosting your own conversations.

How it works

Dine 4 Democracy will pick a theme each month and a nonprofit that works in that field. You sign up to host a dinner party with several friends (use the form below), asking each to bring a suggested donation of $15 that will then go to that organization (or a different one of your choosing). Dine 4 Democracy will provide talking points on the issue, discussion questions, information about the groups involved and other materials as needed. You provide the home, and the food—take out, potluck, cocktails…whatever.

Hopefully, some part of the evening is spent in a discussion about politics and social action, perhaps by bringing in a guest speaker or writing letters to Congresspeople—but it is not a requirement. You don’t need to be a political junkie, experienced activist or anything else; you just need to be someone who wants to become more engaged in issues and eat dinner.

This month’s topic: Economic Justice

This month, Dine 4 Democracy benefits groups working to tackle economic inequality—whether they’re fighting for higher wages, pursuing tax justice or pushing for better benefits. Dinners can also benefit those standing up for workers’ rights by fighting abusive business practices, ending workplace discrimination and protecting the right to organize. And don’t forget the organizations helping the jobless find work and advocating for an economy that works for everyone.

Dine 4 Democracy organizers are working on an issue brief to help hosts guide the discussion at their dinners. They’ll share that later this month as folks sign up to host. Until then, check out some related content on The Citizen:

Dine 4 Democracy suggests several national organizations that you can support, including: Wealth for Common Good, Americans for Financial Reform, Citizens for Tax Justice, Jobs With Justice and People’s Action.

For a more local impact, there are plenty of organizations you can support in Philadelphia, including: Wage Change, Philadelphia 15NOW, Philabundance Community Kitchen, JEVS and more.

Sign up to host a dinner here:


Not sure how to get starting hosting dinners? Check out this cheat sheet!

Past months’ topics:

April 2017

Topic: Environmental Causes (benefiting organizations working to save the planet)

March 2017

Topic: Immigration and Refugees (benefiting local and national immigration organizations)

February 2017

Topic: Healthcare (benefiting FamiliesUSA, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable healthcare