Host your own First Amendment Free Food Festival, and let SPJ pitch in!
For more than a century, SPJ has been fighting for a free press and teaching students about the First Amendment. Now SPJ is offering $250 grants to student chapters willing to host a unique educational event thats literally a food fight.
The First Amendment Free Food Festival (FAFFF) is an award-winning event recently featured on national television. Heres how it works...
Students symbolically sign away their First Amendment rights in exchange for a free lunch. While they wait their food, a goon squad bans all talking in line (because theres no freedom of speech).
Once students get their food, they cant sit together (no right to peaceably assemble). And if they dont like their food, goons point them to an empty complaint table (no right to petition for the redress of grievances).
All the while, the goon squad is rousting student prayer circles (no freedom of religion) and even reporters trying to cover the event (no freedom of the press).
Since it was created in 2006, more than 20 FAFFFs have been hosted around the country the majority by SPJ chapters. That includes the 2009 Student Chapter of the Year at the University of Florida, which has made the FAFFF an annual event.
SPJ will award $250 grants to 10 chapters who want to host an FAFFF on their own campuses. While theres no deadline to apply, you must host your FAFFF by May 31, 2011. Once all the grant money has been awarded, we will stop taking applications. Chapters will submit their receipts and be reimbursed after the program. Along with the receipts, each grant-awarded chapter will submit a one-page recap following the program.
The money can be used as reimbursement for food, props, and promotions although SPJ can give you oodles of good advice on how to raise more money from other places and how to save money in some novel ways.
FAFFF creators Michael Koretzky and Michele Boyet, from SPJs South Florida Pro Chapter, provide more details at koretzky.com/free. If you have questions, email Koretzky at firstname.lastname@example.org.