- 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.
Take a stand against domestic violence.
Take the White Ribbon Pledge.
Tuesday 3/2 at 2:45 PM, Cambridge City Hall
All Cambridge men are invited to become part of the solution.
During the first week of March, the City of Cambridge will again be participating in the
White Ribbon Day Campaign
, an international effort that asks men and boys to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and gender-based violence.
Please join us and take the “White Ribbon Day Pledge” (see below). We will meet at Cambridge City Hall on Tuesday, March 1 at 2:45 p.m. to take the pledge – and a group photo. If you know other men that you want to invite to join us, please let them know!
Last fall, the Cambridge Public Health Department and the city’s Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative invited a group of men from city government and the community to form a leadership team to engage other men throughout the year in reimagining masculinity and ending gender-based violence. City staff and the newly formed men’s group, “Mending Cambridge,” have joined together to host several White Ribbon Day Cambridge awareness events:
#1: City Hall White Ribbon Day Event & Photo
Tuesday, March 1, 2:45 p.m.
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.
Take the White Ribbon Day Pledge and participate in a group photo afterward.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the City’s White Ribbon Day Facebook event page: http://camb.ma/WRD2016Event
#2: White Ribbon Day Spotlight on Cambridge City Hall:
To raise awareness about gender-based violence, an image of a white ribbon is being projected at night on City Hall Feb. 22 – Mar. 3, 2016.
#3: Spread the Word:
Community members can also participate in White Ribbon Day by taking the pledge and wearing a white ribbon the week of Feb. 29 through March 4, 2016. People are encouraged to share White Ribbon Day photos on social media and use #MendCambMA in all posts. To view the pledge and sample social media posts, and learn about other ways to get involved with Cambridge White Ribbon Day, go to: www.cambridgema.gov/domesticviolence
Domestic violence is an issue that affects every community. In fact, the Cambridge Police Department takes reports for about 1,000 domestic crimes per year, and domestic assaults accounted for 33% of all aggravated assaults in Cambridge in 2013 (Cambridge Police Dept. 2013 Annual Crime Report), and one in four women will experience intimate partner abuse in her lifetime (CDC, 2010). So please take the White Ribbon Day Pledge and join me at Cambridge City Hall on Tuesday, March 1 at 2:45 p.m.
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!