BACKGROUND: Last year, the American Friends Service Committee and the National Priorities Project cosponsored a youth video contest, "If I Had a Trillion Dollars." This youth video contest was open to youth between the ages of 13 and 23 and was intended to give youth a voice in the cost of war discussion. What would youth do with the Trillion Dollars that, as of May, 2010, had been spent by the United States on waging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The deadline for video submissions was November 30, 2010.
To view the videos, please see
link to afsc.org
Derrick Crowe, Political Director of the Brave New Foundation, praised the young filmmakers in a recent article in the HUFFINGTON POST, "Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars."
ACTION ALERT: The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are hosting a film screening of the winning videos on February 16, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Representative Barbara Lee is sending out "Dear Colleague" letters inviting legislators to attend this screening to listen to youth voices on the cost of war.
Please contact your legislator urging them to attend this important opportunity for youth to have their voices heard in the cost of war discussion.
Contact information for your legislator can be found at