- 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.
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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.
The Cambridge Peace Commission is seeking new members!
Commission members are volunteers appointed by the City Manager who work with the staff in fulfilling the mission of the Cambridge Peace Commission and in accomplishing its goals. Members are expected to attend regular meetings, participate in organizing the Commission’s events and activities, and do some work outside of Commission meetings. Members are encouraged to learn about the day-to-day work and projects of the staff, and offer advice and viewpoints that reflect the Commission’s mission and role within City government.
Summer of Peace Initiative
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!
Recent Activities and Initiatives
Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance • January 19, 2015
Cambridge's 25th Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust • May 7, 2014
Cambridge Community Conversation after the Trayvon Martin trial verdict • July 18, 2013
Peace Walk from Cambridge City Hall to the Cambridge mosque after the Boston Marathon Bombing • May 2, 2013
Gathering at the Cambridge mosque after walking from Cambridge City Hall • May 2, 2013
CRLS Strong Gathering at Joan Lorentz Park after the Boston Marathon Bombing • April 28, 2013
Candlelight vigil on the steps of Cambridge City Hall after the Boston Marathon Bombing • April 18, 2013