Boston youth give their answer in 3rd annual If I Had a Trillion film festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 2, 2013) - A team of  Boston  youth are preparing to go to Washington DC to debut their video in the third annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and The National Priorities Project (NPP).

The IHTD festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” In making their videos youth considered the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Zaquanna Rogers, Diana Julien, Mardochee Bruny, Kalia Brandao, Ivanna Williams and Abdul Karim Salih created “Dear Secretary Duncan” working with PressPassTv. 

In this video letter to the Secretary of Education, the youth say, “We see policies that underfund our education and criminalize our classmates. We know, though, that our schools can be the center of strong communities if we invest in them, so we wanted to paint a picture of how we can accomplish that together."

The festival culminates April 13-15, 2013 in Washington DC, where AFSC and NPP will hold a youth leadership conference, a free public screening of all the entries at Sidwell Friends School on April 14, and a screening for members of Congress.

Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The film festival seeks to change that. 

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Erin Polley, AFSC

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. Read more about AFSC.