What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad." The true costs of those bad decisions will be paid by today's youth, since policymakers failed to raise the revenue to pay for it when they started the debacles in Afghanistan and Iraq. But, nobody in D.C. asked the young people what they'd do with that money. So, next week, some of those youth are going to Washington to tell them in person.
Late last year, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the National Priorities Project sponsored a youth film-making contest called, "If I Had A Trillion Dollars." Entrants had to be age 13-23 and had to produce a video around one to three minutes in length addressing the $1 trillion cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. In January, the panel of judged picked two winners, both of which are embedded below, to receive the first place prize: $500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to screen their film for Members of Congress, the Obama Administration and the press.
"If I Had A Trillion Dollars"
1. Don't enlist the first time you are with a recruiter or when you are upset.
2. Take a witness with you when you speak with a recruiter.
3. Talk to veterans.
4. Consider your moral feelings about going to war.
5. Get a copy of the enlistment agreement.
6. There is no "period of adjustment" during which you may request and receive an immediate discharge.
7. Get all your recruiter's promises in writing but also remember that the military can change the terms or your work.
8. There are no job guarantees in the military.
9. Military presonnel connot exercise all of the civil liberties enjoyed by civilians
10. Many opportunities exist for you to serve your community and enhance your skills.
SeaTIR and Military Recruiting in Juneau
We are a group of community members committed to helping youth make informed, conscientious decisions about war and military service. We seek to offer balanced information both through written materials and the opportunity for young people to discuss with veterans their own experiences with, and reflections on, the military.
We believe young people should learn about the reality of military life and participating in war before deciding whethere to enlist. We are a resource for alternative ways of serving the country or financing college or technical school. We plan to provide trained counselors in the areas of conscientious objection and military counseling.
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