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.

-Peacemaker, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy



Our Top 10 Holiday Wishes for a Future Free of Injury and Violence
  • That children and all people everywhere have the opportunity to live in communities that are safe, healthy, and violence-free, which requires that both public and private sectors allocate resources for injury and violence prevention for all young people and their families.

  • That the U.S. mandates, creates, and funds a uniform system for Handgun Licensing and Registration.

  • That those states which have not yet passed laws to prevent people from leaving children unattended in or around cars, pass them.

  • That states and federal government increase alcohol taxes to discourage youth consumption and help pay the costs of alcohol-related trauma and violence and that the alcohol industry discontinue marketing practices that target young people, including sponsorship of cultural celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo.

  • That every state in the U.S. and other nations adopt fire safety standards for cigarettes which will help to prevent cigarette-ignited fires, a leading cause of fire death.

  • That International trade agreements (including the World Trade Organization, GATS, and NAFTA) value quality of life and public health and safety over the mere economic interest in the trade of goods and services.

  • That the International community adopt meaningful strategies to create transparency of the international trade of small arms, including the marking of weapons, strict reporting requirements, and meaningful enforcement policies to restrict the flow of small arms and light weapons which wreak havoc and are the instruments of death for children and adults around the world.

  • That every state in the U.S. mandate a motorcycle helmet law for riders of all ages which will save lives and prevent injuries.

  • That the federal government recognize that patient safety is linked to health care worker safety and fund a federal initiative that would include input from health care workers on policies, programs, and funding to insure the use of safer equipment to protect health care workers from exposure to blood.

  • That governments fulfill their legal obligations and recall and/or regulate harmful consumer products.