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Home > Students > Grants > Freedom of Information > First Amendment Free Food Festival

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 that’s literally a food fight.

The First Amendment Free Food Festival (FAFFF) is an award-winning event recently featured on national television. Here’s 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 there’s no freedom of speech).

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 grant recipients!
The following campus chapters received First Amendment Free Food Festival Grants from SPJ. The program will be held during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011:

— Indiana University-Bloomington
— Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
— Southeast Missouri State University
— Southern Methodist University
— University of Florida
— University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
— University of Arkansas
— University of Maryland
— Western Kentucky University
— Western Washington University

Want more information?
FAFFF creators Michael Koretzky and Michele Boyet, from SPJ’s South Florida Pro Chapter, provide more details at koretzky.com/free. If you have questions, email Koretzky at michael@koretzky.com

Once students get their food, they can’t sit together (no right to peaceably assemble). And if they don’t 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 there’s 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 SPJ’s South Florida Pro Chapter, provide more details at koretzky.com/free. If you have questions, email Koretzky at michael@koretzky.com.

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Get in touch with the Sunshine chair or chairs in your state and find FOI Centers, quotable sources, resources and more by using the menu below.

Freedom of Information
About/History
News/Articles
Covering Prisons
Project Sunshine: Find FOI Help
Accessing Government Records
Shield Law Campaign
FOI Audit Tookit | PDF
Anti-SLAPP: Protect Free Speech
Official Secrets Act bill
FOI Groups
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FOI Committee Roster
GovernmentAttic.org

FOI FYI: SPJ’s FOI Committee Blog
If You Sue Trump, This DC Lawyer Will Help You For Free
Hear It from a Journocriminal
Jailing of the Press

FOI Committee
This committee is the watchdog of press freedoms across the nation. It relies upon a network of volunteers in each state organized under Project Sunshine. These SPJ members are on the front lines for assaults to the First Amendment and when lawmakers attempt to restrict the public's access to documents and the government's business. The committee often is called upon to intervene in instances where the media is restricted.
 

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