Cambridge Peace Commission :: Programs & Services
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 broader community to promote constructive dialogue and foster understanding. Officially the “Cambridge Commission on Nuclear Disarmament and Peace Education,” the Peace Commission was established in 1982 to address issues of war and peace in the age of nuclear weapons.
Today, the Commission continues to advance peace and justice within Cambridge through building stronger connections and understanding among all communities, while also addressing issues of global concern. When a city – supported by municipal agencies, faith communities, nonprofit organizations, and concerned and engaged individuals – undertakes activities to build connections and strengthen relationships, sustainable positive change can occur. To this end, the Peace Commission supports efforts that increase awareness, mobilize communities, and activate residents to create a safe, healthy, and supportive city.
This work falls into four broad categories:
- Working with congregations and faith communities in Cambridge on issues of peace, social justice, and community building, providing a bridge to City government and creating greater understanding and dialogue.
- Responding to traumatic events affecting the community in ways that build relationships, support dialogue, and enhance understanding.
- Creating and supporting citywide and neighborhood-based cross-sector partnerships and collaborations to promote diversity and inclusion, and building stronger connections and understanding among all aspects of the community.
- Supporting Cambridge’s Sister City relationships and connecting them to related communities within the city, including strengthening Cambridge's developing relationship with Les Cayes, Haiti.
The Peace Commission works in those categories in the following ways:
- Coordinating and supporting compassionate responses to traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge so that when serious issues occur, the community is prepared and able to react, commemorate, or recover and heal together.
- Building trust and relationships by fostering dialogue and connection between diverse groups through community conversations, vigils, and other activities that promote a strong and resilient community.
- Organizing public programs and events, including annual commemorations of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Holocaust.
Ways that the Peace Commission recognizes and sustains the powerful link between relationships, dialogue, and understanding to enhance our community include:
- Serving on the Steering Committee of the Cambridge Community Response Network – established collaboratively with the Public Health, Police, and Human Service Programs departments and the Cambridge Public Schools – to support the community in the wake of traumatic events.
- Working with the Police Department and local clergy as part of the Police Chaplaincy Program, serving victims, community members and first responders who have experienced traumatic events.
- Continuing the Summer of Peace Initiative to promote a summer free of youth violence by bringing together City staff, schools, clergy, youth centers, police, clinicians, academics and community activists to identify potential problems and sources of violence in the community, foster collaborations among agencies, share information and report on accomplishments.
- Supporting the newly formed Citizen Committee on Civic Unity as it develops its mission, goals, and plans to provide insight, facilitate discussion, and explore best practices on issues dealing with race, class, religion, sexual orientation, income, physical ability, age, and gender to preserve and enhance Cambridge as a diverse and welcoming place to live, work and visit.
Brian Corr, Executive Director
51 Inman St.
Hours of Service