- Cambridge 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.
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!
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!