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Citizen's Committee on Civic Unity

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The mission of the City of Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. We do this by recognizing and raising awareness of historic, existing and potential civic issues; by providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across communities to better understand and connect with one another. 

Background

The present day Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity began meeting in 2015.  

The current committee builds on the history and work of Cambridge’s prior Civic Unity Committee, which existed until 1992, and was formed to address racial discrimination faced by returning World War II veterans.  

Committee meetings frequently include a range of discussion topics including current events, specific city issues, guest speakers, goal setting, as well as brainstorming and organizing for community events and forums.

Committee Membership and Meetings

The Committee is made up of 14 members that live and/or work in Cambridge, and represent a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, and knowledge from various communities and backgrounds across the city.

The Committee meets monthly. You can view upcoming meeting agendas and minutes for previous meetings on the Open Meeting Portal.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th at 5:30pm, Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 2nd floor classroom

 

Photo: Kyle Klein Photography

 

Additional Information

Relevant Documents

  • About the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity (PDF)
  • Mission and Goals - April 2016
  • City of Cambridge Loving Day proclamation
  • One Drop of Love Program 

Recent Events

Citizen's Committee on Civic Unity presents a free performance of One Drop of Love - June 13, 2017

In June 2017, the Committee sponsored free community performances of Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s “One Drop of Love” as part of the City’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision.    


In December 2016, the Committee hosted a community discussion regarding a widely publicized exchange between a police officer and a resident, to explore how to create spaces for constructive dialogue and community responses.  



City Manager Richard Rossi speaks to attendees at Cambridge Who We Are and How We Got Here - May 2016

In May 2016, the Citizens Committee on Civic Unity hosted a community presentation and discussion: “Cambridge: Who We Are & How We Got Here,” which focused on the historical evolution of demographics in Cambridge, and drew over 100 participants.  


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