Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, not of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.
founder of the Iroquois Confederacy
Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have all been struggling to contextualize and understand the events leading up to and on the day of the tragedy.
From our current vantage point, we see a nation and a world still reeling in the aftermath. Many children, young people and adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; our sense of safety and hope for the future has been damaged; our civil liberties are threatened; we worry about the newly purchased firearms that individuals and families are bringing home; our economy is suffering, and we worry about the rising crime and violence that often follows on the heels of economic hard times. As a result of a variety of economic and political forces, many local charities and nonprofits find themselves struggling to stay afloat. Our California state and national budgets are diminished. As a result, there is keen competition among many worthy causes for the scarce available resources.
But, despite the challenging and difficult position we find ourselves in, there is reason for hope. Advocates for injury and violence prevention have encountered these challenges before. We know that addressing the root causes--poverty, social injustice and health disparities--is a crucial building block for a safe, healthy, and peaceful future for the world's children, young people, and extended families. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has issued a call to action for public health leadership and we'd like to reiterate that call and extend it to injury and violence prevention advocates everywhere. APHA has outlined 5 positions deeply rooted in the public health policy of that organization which we would like to highlight:
War is the enemy of public health
Diversity is our strength
Funding for public health must be bolstered
Promote reasonable protections for civil liberties
Discover what you can do to aid in this crisis.