- Cambridge Peace Commission
The Cambridge Peace Commission promotes peace and social justice within Cambridge and in the wider world. The Commission works with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole to build connections and strengthen relationships, and to promote positive dialogue and foster understanding.
The Commission fosters a community where differences and diversity are understood and celebrated, so that all residents can contribute to making Cambridge an equitable and peaceful community. It pays special attention to traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its residents, and coordinates and supports compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing.
The Commission supports Cambridge’s Sister City relationships, including those with: Les Cayes, Haiti; San José Las Flores, El Salvador; and Yerevan, Armenia. It also celebrates Cambridge residents and local efforts with recognition programs and events, and raises awareness about local and global peace and social justice issues through educational forums, discussions, and presentations.
2016 Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance
Monday, January 18, 2016 • 1:00 AM - 1:45 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139
In this time of renewed focus on the challenges of racism, fear, and threats of violence – and on action for peace, justice, and sustainability – please join us as we remember and celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
* 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM: Celebration of Dr. King's Life and Work for Peace, Justice, and Transformation • inside St. Peter's Episcopal Church • 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
* 12:45 to 1:45 PM: Lunch and Gathering at the Church • In the undercroft (basement) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
In 1967, Martin Luther King described what he saw as the most serious challenge for our society. In his words, "We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." Almost 50 years later, the United States still faces these three existential challenges to our values as a nation.
The City of Cambridge will honor and remember Dr. King and his legacy as we gather at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to hear members of the Cambridge community share readings of Dr. King’s words calling for peace, justice and transformation, as well as music from Véronique Epiter and members of Cambridge’s Episcopal churches. We will also feature remarks from Juliette Kayyem, a Cambridge resident and granddaughter of Lebanese immigrants who is rethinking "security" in ways that connect traditional concerns with the need to make our society resilient, just, and equitable. Currently, Juliette serves on the faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is an on-air security analyst for CNN and hosts a regular podcast entitled "Security Mom" for WGBH, Boston’s local NPR station. Previously, she was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to the Peace Commission’s Commemoration and Remembrance at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, once again Many Helping Hands will sponsor volunteer activities for its Day of Service from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at City Hall, St. Peter’s, the YWCA, the Senior Center and other sites.
For directions to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 838 Massachusetts Ave. at the corner of Sellers St. in Central Square, please, visit www.saintpeterscambridge.org
About the Peace Commission
The Peace Commission works in three main areas:
- Addressing Violence and Promoting Peace in the Community
- Supporting Diversity, Building Connections and Relationships and Recognizing Peacemakers
- Connecting with the Community and Connecting Cambridge with the Wider World
To learn more about the work of the Peace Commission visit the "Programs and Services" page.
To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit the "About Us" page.
In 2014 and 2015, the Peace Commission has continued its work with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the broader community to build connections, promote constructive dialogue, and foster community.
To learn more about the recent work of the Peace Commission visit the "Recent Work and Accomplishments" page.
Be part of a Summer of Peace in Cambridge!
Every summer, the Cambridge Peace Commission works with schools, youth centers, community groups, churches and religious institutions, the police, artists and musicians — and young people across Cambridge — to create a Summer of Peace.
Take the Cambridge Youth Violence Survey
If you are under the age of 24 and live in Cambridge, you are invited to participate in this short, simple youth survey on Youth Violence. This is a completely anonymous survey that the Cambridge Peace Commission is conducting to hear about what is really happening from the voices that matter -- those of our City's young people!
Take the Online Survey!