04 Oct PLU Hosts First Amendment Free Food Festival – October 14
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PLUâ€™s SPJ chapter hosts First Amendment
Free Food Festival
PARKLAND, Wash. Sept. 29, 2008 â€“ Pacific Lutheran Universityâ€™s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a First Amendment Free Food Festival on Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the PLU campusâ€™ Red Square. The Food Fest will show students and community members what it is like to give up their First Amendment Rights of religion, speech, press, assembly and government petition.
â€œWe look forward to giving the community a shock about how our First Amendment rights are taken for granted,â€ SPJ president Nate Hulings said. â€œAmericans donâ€™t think about their rights until they feel them slipping away; weâ€™re going to show them what it feels like to have them completely gone.â€
Students and community members can choose to enter Red Square, which will be transformed into the â€œRepublic of Parkland,â€ but only after signing away their First Amendment rights. The signed passport allows visitors to have a free lunch consisting of pizza, candy and soft drinks but must follow the instruction of â€œenforcersâ€ once they enter the zone. Enforcers may ask passport carrying members to stand, move chairs or be silenced if they want to remain in the Republic of Parkland. People not complying with the rules of the Republic of Parkland will be asked to leave. Enforcers will remove passports and deport individuals who fail to comply with â€œthe law.â€
The event is funded by the Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ, the Washington News Council and the Washington Journalism Education Association. PLUâ€™s Theater Club will help with the event by providing costumes and actors to portray protesters and dictators.
This is the second year that PLUâ€™s SPJ has hosted the festival. The event is open to the public and SPJ encourages high schools and any other community members to attend the two hour event.
â€œLast year was a huge success and weâ€™re looking to create an annual event that people look forward to,â€ Hulings said.
To view last yearâ€™s event, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vToG2JYoRq0
Nate Hulings, President, PLUâ€™s Society of Professional Journalists