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YOUTH SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE COST OF WAR: "If I had a trillion dollars...."

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and National Priorities Project co-sponsored a video contest last year encouraging youth to consider the costs of war -- at home and abroad. The contest was so popular that AFSC and National Priorities Project again decided to engage youth about the issue in a second annual "If I had a trillion dollars...." video contest.
Last year, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and National Priorities Project co-sponsored a video contest, inviting young film makers (middle-school-aged to 23) to consider what they would do if they had a trillion dollars. One Trillion Dollars was the cost of the combined Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as of May, 2010. (The figure is now closer to $1.4 Trillion.) This contest was aimed at raising awareness among young people about the costs of war -- at home and abroad.

The videos had to be under 3-minutes. The deadline for this year's submissions was January 15 (last Sunday). Prizes last year included flip-video cameras and a trip to Washington, D.C., for first-prize winners to show their films to their Congress people.

Videos from this year -- and last year -- can be viewed at
 http://www.youtube.com/user/IHTDVideos/feed

More information on the work of the American Friends Service Committee can be found at
 http://www.afsc.org