Five things your Quaker congregation can do to support a shift in budget priorities through the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival
The National Priorities Project (NPP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joined together to sponsor the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” (IHTD) youth film festival to help integrate the voices and ideas of young people into the nation’s budget debate. As revenue and spending decisions made at the federal level disproportionately affect young people, the festival is geared toward educating and inspiring young people to engage in civic activism.
1. Host a screening
Invite people at your Meeting/Church to host a screening of the 3rd annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival.
2. Learn about our budget
Use the IHTD Activities Guide with young people in your Quaker community to learn about the way our tax dollars are currently being spent, and what we can do about it.
3. Make a video!
Invite the young people in your community to turn that vision into a short film to submit to the 4th annual film festival by January 2014.
- Use the Videomaking Toolkit and plan out how the video can both illustrate their vision, while engaging viewers on the issue. More info at www.ihtd.org.
- Watch this short film, "3 Minute Film School," for an introduction to creating a film with youth in your Quaker community.
- Submit the video by DEADLINE to the film festival. If invited, support a young person in traveling to Washington, DC to participate in the festival and lobby Congress.
4. Spread the word
- Purchase a vinyl banner of the US discretionary budget to hang on or in your place of worship. The banner is 2.5 x 20 feet and is $200, shipping included. Contact Mary Zerkel at 312-427-2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/IHTDFilms and following us on twitter @IHTDFilms. Check out submissions as they roll in this January.
5. Take action
Join the Wage Peace campaign, and articipate in the ongoing discussion on our nation's budget priorities.
- Visit www.afsc.org/wage-peace for access to toolkits, talking points and ways to take action in your community.