Dear Friends,

With President Obama's confirmation that all US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year it's time again to consider the human and financial costs of war. More than $1 trillion have been spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, just imagine what benefit that money could have wrought. It’s time to hear what  young people – who will be paying for these wars for years to come – have to say about how best to remedy the distorted spending priorities shown in the current federal budget.

It seems that these days, everyone has an opinion about our federal budget. Budget cuts are forcing reductions in healthcare and other programs that are crucial for young people and our communities – and yet youth aren’t part of the conversation.

The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are pleased to offer young people a chance to lift their voice by submitting a video to the If I Had a Trillion Dollars National Youth Video Festival.

This year we are excited to welcome actress and activist Susan Sarandon as our head judge.

The IHTD Youth Film Festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget and  to consider:

  • The nearly $1 trillion spent every year on the US military.
  • The more than $1 trillion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The more than $1 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Who? The festival is open to individuals and groups of youth age 23 or younger.

What? Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length and chronicle how the video maker(s) would spend $1 trillion.

When? Videos must be received by January 15, 2012.

Where? The festival culminates April 7 to April 10, 2012, when AFSC and NPP will hold a youth leadership conference, film screening for members of Congress in Washington, DC.

AFSC and NPP have resource materials available on the federal budget and critical issues often missing from the debate, such as tax cuts for the wealthy and war spending.

Learn more about IHTD on our web site where you can find complete rules and instructions, fact sheets, and videos from last year’s winners.

Please join us, and help us spread the word about this important project.

Wage Peace,
Peter Lems  and Mary Zerkel