More than half the federal discretionary budget goes to the Pentagon, leaving less than half for everything else, and forcing communities across the country to struggle with cuts to education, healthcare, job programs and other crucial services. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and partners from across the country are working to change these priorities and “move the money.”
Since 2011, the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival (sponsored by AFSC and the National Priorities Project) has engaged young people in creating videos to show how they would allocate the federal budget to better serve their communities. Their honest, moving, entertaining—and sometimes emotional—responses reflect the neglect felt by those cut out of our nation’s budget priorities—as well as a youthful vision of a better future.
The videos in this collection, selected from several years of the IHTD youth film festival, make a compelling case to “move the money” from military spending to meeting human needs. They are ideal for use with schools, churches and community groups.
For more resources and action opportunities to change budget priorities:
For more information on the If I Had A Trillion Dollars youth film festival (including how to submit videos): www.ihtd.org