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The Highly Anticipated UDF is Accepting Applications for the Next FEAST!

Greetings! Hope all of you enjoyed your summer with family, friends, and fun! The organizing members of UDF are happy to announce the next FEAST, November 18, 2017@ First Congregational Church UCC in Kalamazoo, MI.

Go to the Apply link on the site to get locations for hard copies of the application as well as information on where to submit.

If you have questions, please leave a comment or send an email to urbandemocracyfeast@gmail.com

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The Urban Democracy Feast: Supporting Local Social Justice Projects, 30 April 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Shout it OUT!Since 2015, a group of community organizations have started a face-to-face crowd funding process here. This process occurs over a meal so we can exchange information about shared problems, common obstacles and ways to overcome them. Twice, in May 2015 and again in December of 2015, this urban FEAST raised more than $2000 to support social justice projects demonstrating direct democracy and accountability. We define social justice as equal access to all the resources and services.

The goal of the organizers is to generate funds that kick start projects that might otherwise not get funded, or help them make a qualitative leap in their work. Such group projects submit an application, and four applicants are selected to make a five-minute presentation at the supper. Their presentations will exhibit evidence that they are addressing a shared need, with the support of other groups in the neighborhood, and that the project demonstrates direct democracy.

The next FEAST will be held 30 April 2016 at the HISPANIC AMERICAN COUNCIL [HAC] located at 930 Lake Street, corner with Russell/Race Streets (Edison). The building where the HAC is located across the street from the Boys and Girls Club. Childcare for toddlers and pre-school children will be available in separate rooms. Tickets are available at the door or at the FEAST website www.urbandemocracyfeast.org, and with the ticket each attendee will be given a voting ballot.

On 30 April, the doors will open at 4:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. the FEAST process will be explained, followed by four five minute presentations. Then the food makers will be presented (so that restaurants donating food can announce a social justice project or event they are supporting), the food will be explained, and while the attendees get a food plate, those waiting can post suggestions for the projects on a white board, sign up to bring a dish for the next FEAST, or ask questions of the applicants before voting. The musician or artist working that night will be introduced and given time to discuss her/his work, the date and place of the next FEAST will then be announced together with the voting results.

Projects are awarded based on the percentage of votes received. Applicants not awarded can apply.

Future Urban Democracy Feast Events

We anticipate that the Urban Democracy Feast events will occur twice per year, in the fall and then again in the spring. For future FEAST events, applications in English and Spanish are available at the FEAST website (www.urbandemocracyfeast.org), and hard copy versions at the Arcus Center, People’s Food Co-op, Kalamazoo Peace Center, Hispanic American Council, and Black Arts Cultural Center.

Completed applications need to be returned to the same place where they were acquired one month before the scheduled FEAST.

We welcome projects identifying public policies that prevent social justice and direct democracy, and that also propose replacement policies, which can be implemented here. Some examples of projects we look forward to considering, include: child care services for single parents who work the second and third shift; urban farms that sell to local restaurants; worker owned co-operatives; independent community media; and/or scholarship requests to study abroad and return to implement the research results in Kalamazoo.

Purchase FEAST Entrance Ticket

Amount includes Transaction Fee - One person is at least $10