- Cambridge Peace Commission
The Cambridge Peace Commission promotes peace and social justice within Cambridge and in the wider world. It works to reduce violence and advocates ideas and programs that affirm diversity and build community within our city. It links peace groups, social justice efforts, anti-violence coalitions and the municipal government, and pays special attention to violence affecting youth.
The Commission builds community by celebrating local people and efforts with programs and events, and by organizing community forums on issues affecting the community. It supports Cambridge’s sister-city relationships, including those with Yerevan, Armenia and San José Las Flores, El Salvador.
Read more about who we are and what we do.
Introducing the Cambridge-Haiti Sister City Partnership
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 • Central Square Theater
Please join the Cambridge Peace Commission as we launch an exciting new initiative: a new relationship between Cambridge and the City of Les Cayes, Haiti!
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 PM
Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02139
We will have an evening of discussions with: Professor Peniel Joseph • Mayor David Maher • The Cambridge-Haiti Sister City Committee
We'll also have time to meet, mingle, and discover more about this effort to connect these two communities as we:
• Learn about the history and current events in Haiti with Dr. Joseph from Tufts University;
• Find out why the connections between people and governments are so important; and
• Hear about the powerful experience of Cambridge's most recent delegation to Haiti, why the members are so hopeful for the future, what will come next, and how you can support this effort.
Sponsored by the Cambridge Peace Commission, City of Cambridge
Hosted by the Central Square Theater
For more information, contact the Peace Commission at 617-349-4694 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About this Initiative:
The Cambridge-Haiti Sister City Committee is working with the Cambridge Peace Commission to establish a sister city relationship between Cambridge and Les Cayes, Haiti. An initial working delegation from Cambridge visited Haiti in May 2013 to listen and learn with one goal in mind: understanding how to use the resources of Cambridge to support and expand educational, environmental and public health work in the Les Cayes region of Haiti.
About the Speaker:
Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning "Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America." He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights who appears on C- SPAN’s Book TV, NPR and PBS’s NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for NewsHour.
Link to Program Flier
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
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
The Cambridge Peace Commission has addressed violence and promoted peace and justice in schools:
• Worked with the Cambridge Public Health Department, Police Department, Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP), and the Cambridge Public Schools to create the Cambridge Community Response Network, as well as served on the network’s Steering Committee.
• Co-facilitated a Forum on Violence and Youth with the Cambridge Police Department and the DHSP City Peace program to help all three departments in efforts to address and prevent summer violence.
• Had an ongoing presence at CRLS, as appropriate, in support of students, faculty and staff in the wake of any incidents of violence affecting Cambridge youth.
The Commission has worked to promote peace and justice locally as an alternative to violence:
• Continued the Summer of Peace initiative to promote a summer free of youth violence in Cambridge by bringing together City staff, police, schools, clergy, youth centers, clinicians, academics and community activists to identify potential problems and sources of violence in the community, foster collaborations among the agencies, share information and report on accomplishments.
• Participated in the Domestic Violence Free Zone (DVFZ) Core Group (steering committee) for the City of Cambridge, provided strategic expertise, planned and supported systemic changes in city policy, guided the projects of the DVFZ and organized the City's annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities.
In the community, the Commission has fostered peace through building connections and community:
• Served on the Community Engagement Team, a multi-agency collaborative, which reaches out to underserved Cambridge families and connects them to community events and resources, develops community leaders, and supports agencies in working with a diverse community.
• Collaborated with community groups and organizations to create the North Cambridge Gathering, a neighborhood-based approach to promoting safety, fostering community and creating opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other and build relationships.
• Organized the 24th annual Cambridge Citywide Holocaust Commemoration, worked with students, musicians, communities of faith, school and library personnel, and City departments to create an inclusive and moving ceremony with music, remembrances and reflections from a survivor of the Holocaust.
• Organized the annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance.
The Commission has promoted peace and justice through connecting Cambridge with the wider world:
• Coordinated the Cambridge-Haiti Sister City Committee, which leads the City’s efforts to establish a sister city in Haiti, organizing an initial working delegation to assess how to leverage the academic, financial and organizational resources of Cambridge to support and expand the educational, environmental and public health work currently being carried out in the Les Cayes region of Haiti.
• Participated in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Cambridge-El Salvador Sister City Project, which brought community leaders from San José Las Flores, El Salvador to Cambridge so that local residents could learn about the ongoing connections to and support for that community.
• Provided a place in city government for people to examine the impact of conflicts, wars and natural disasters around the world in Cambridge; examining and strengthening the connections of communities in the City to other nations; and addressed them in meaningful and effective ways.