Peace Commission

The City of Cambridge Remains Committed to Being a Sanctuary City

The recent national political climate has generated considerable concern and anxiety on the part of many Cambridge residents, especially members of our immigrant communities. The City of Cambridge wants to clearly state to our community that it is committed to supporting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of all of its residents. As a Sanctuary City, Cambridge affirms the basic human rights and dignity of every human being and provides education, health and other services to all residents of Cambridge, regardless of their immigration status.

To learn more, read the joint statement from Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons and City Manager Louis DePasquale.


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.


A Note about Reactions to Stressful or Traumatic Events

It is natural for people who have witnessed or been a part of a traumatic event to experience strong reactions, including fear, shock, helplessness, and physical symptoms. The Cambridge Community Response Network has partnered with Riverside Trauma Center to make a number of online resources available:

Reactions to Highly Stressful Events and Strategies for Coping
Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events
Things to Think About and How to Care for Yourself
Talking with Your Children About Traumatic Events
Emotional Health for Survivors of Traumatic Events
Children and Trauma

Anyone who is experiencing emotional distress from a traumatic incident may contact the Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone experiencing a serious crisis should contact your primary care provider, or in an emergency call 9-1-1.



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! Summer of Peace Initiative

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!

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Contact Information

Brian Corr, Executive Director

51 Inman St.
Cambridge MA 02139

Phone:617.349.4694

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Summer Resource Guide

Download the City of Cambridge 2016 Summer Resource Guide (PDF) which contains information on programs and services for all residents -- especially youth and families -- offered by the Department of Human Service Programs.