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Community Commemorations, Conversations and Gatherings

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As part of its work with the Cambridge Community Response Network, the Peace Commission pays special attention to traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its residents, coordinating and supporting compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing. The Commission 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.

Examples include:

  • Collaborating with the Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance, the Department of Human Service Programs, and the Cambridge Police Department to bring more than 200 Cambridge residents together for a respectful, fair, and safe conversation together, in support of peace and unity in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

  • Serving on the Community Engagement Team, a multi-agency collaborative reaching out to underserved Cambridge families and connecting them to community events and resources, developing community leaders, and supporting agencies in working with a diverse communities.

  • Organizing the annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance, connecting Dr. King's words and actions to how Cambridge can build community and support diversity.

  • Organizing the annual Cambridge Citywide Holocaust Commemoration, working with students, musicians, communities of faith, and City departments to create an inclusive and moving ceremony with music, remembrances and remarks and reflections from a survivor of the Holocaust.

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