Cambridge Peace Commission :: Programs & Services
Highlights and Accomplishments of the 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 also supports Cambridge’s Sister City relationships.
Highlights and Accomplishments
Promoting community healing and responding to violence in the community by:
- In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings: working with the Cambridge Black Pastors Association to organize a candlelight vigil on the steps of City Hall; supporting local youth in organizing the "CRLS Strong Gathering;" partnering with the Islamic Society of Boston to organize a Community Peace Walk from City Hall to the mosque; and organizing a Community Gathering for Support and Reflection.
- Participating in the Cambridge Community Response Network (CCRN), a comprehensive city-wide outreach and response team that embraces a collaborative approach to help members of the community cope with traumatic or violent events. CCRN is composed of the Cambridge Public Health Department, Police Department, Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP), Cambridge Public Schools, and the Peace Commission.
- Participating in the Domestic Violence Free Zone (DVFZ) Steering Committee for the City of Cambridge, providing strategic expertise, planning and support to produce systemic changes in City policy, guiding projects of the DVFZ and organizing the City's annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities.
Addressing violence and promoting peace among Cambridge youth by:
- Working with the City Peace Youth Program to design and participate in its “Reach for PEACE Basketball Tournament,” increasing awareness of peace and violence prevention among youth in Cambridge through a basketball tournament and a peace fair reaching more than 100 at-risk youth in Cambridge.
- Co-facilitating 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.
- Leading the annual “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 members to identify potential sources of violence in the community, foster collaboration among agencies and share best practices.
- Having an ongoing presence at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in support of students, faculty and staff in the wake of incidents of violence or community trauma.
Fostering peace through building connections and community by:
- Organizing annual events that bring together hundreds of Cambridge residents and celebrate peace and diversity, including the Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards Dinner, the Martin Luther King Day Commemoration, and the Holocaust Commemoration.o create the North Cambridge Gathering, ety, fostering community and creating opportunities for neighbors to get to know eanships.
Promoting peace and justice while connecting Cambridge with the wider world by:
- Coordinating the Cambridge-Haiti Sister City Committee, and 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.
- Participating in an International Peace Day event with CRLS students and Kragujevac, Serbia via a real-time Internet connection featuring messages of peace, songs and exchange of experiences with youth in a city deeply affected by both World War II and the Balkan War in the 1990s.
Brian Corr, Executive Director
51 Inman St.
Hours of Service