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Students on Spending: IHTD

College students in South Kingstown, R.I., weigh in on federal budget spending priorities. They call for more investment in education, health care, and infrastructure, and less in the military. 
A video produced by middle school students from the Whatsoever Community Center in Kansas City, Mo., a city with more than 2,000 homeless young people.

Wage Peace Video (2005)

This is a short video about the human cost of the Iraq war produced in 2005 as an online companion to AFSC's Eyes Wide Open exhibit. It was viewed more than 750,000 times during the next four years.


Produced in Brooklyn, N.Y., by youth in the Urban Arts Partnership.

AFSC Friend of a Friend: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Tribunal 2013 (Baltimore, MD)

On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard. Slideshow edit: Isaac BunnPhotos: Bryan Vana

If I had a trillion dollars... Dear Secretary Duncan

Students in Boston produced this short video as an open letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Pull the Pentagon pork budget rally 2-28-13

AFSC AND CPM GATHER TO SEND SEQUESTATION MESSAGE: TRANSFER PENTAGON SPENDING INTO HUMAN NEEDS DES MOINES - (CPM News Services, 2/28/13) - A group of Iowans heeded the call of the American Friends Service Committee and Catholic Peace Ministry to assemble in front of 1900 Grand Avenue, to protest 'sequestration' that will cut education programs. The gathering was in front of a Gateway Education facility that is scheduled for closing as a result of budget cuts.

Taxi Driver Organizing in Chicago

Taxi drivers in Chicago deserve a living wage and protection against lease overcharges. This video highlights the work of Fayez Khozindar, program director for AFSC Chicago Taxi Worker Organizing and the United Taxidrivers Community Council. The Taxi Worker Organizing Project advocates for greater rights and compensation for low-wage, lease taxi workers in the greater Chicago area.  

"An Animated Trillion Dollar Alphabet" short version (3:00)

Sixth grade students in Charlestown, Mass., designed and animated this short video. Starting with the idea that "the United States government spends $3.55 trillion a year, and a trillion dollars is a lot of money," students chose objects to animate, while asking, "How many of these items can you buy with $1 trillion?" Creating the hand-drawn animation (which originated entirely on flipbooks) got students thinking about the U.S. government budget, and what each one would buy if they had a trillion dollars.

Rolling out the Federal Budget

As this banner showing the federal budget rolls out, we see how much is spent on transportation, NASA, education, and healthcare compared to the more than 50 percent of the budget that goes to the military. Go to for ways to take action to cut Pentagon spending and invest in human needs programs.  To order a banner to display on your building or at demonstrations, email The $200 fee covers production and shipping costs.