UWEC students trade First Amendment rights for free lunch

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — Students at UW-Eau Claire made the choice between keeping their First Amendment rights or getting some free food.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at UWEC hosted its annual First Amendment Free Food Festival Wednesday. Students were able to join the made up country of “Freelandia” if they temporarily signed away their First Amendment rights for free pizza. However, those students were subjected to a dictator and a police force for ten minutes, making them question whether the free food was worth it.

President of SPJ Taylor Pomasl told News 18 the purpose of the event is to teach students about their rights and it never loses importance.

“You do have rights. You don’t have to do whatever you’re told. You have the right to speak freely, you have the right to practice religion and stuff like that,” Pomasl said. “We’re really passionate about just reminding students here that they have a voice and that it’s important that they use it.”

Pomasl hopes participants got a better understanding of what it would be like to live without the rights they’re  used to having.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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