Cambridge UJP is a member of the Greater Boston coalition of peace and justice groups that formed after September 11th, 2001, to call for peaceful and legal responses to the attacks rather than war and the abridgement of civil liberties. We began by protesting the 2001 bombing of Afghanistan with vigils and a Not in Our Name ad in the Cambridge Chronicle. Outraged by the Patriot Act, we began a public education campaign, which included a Banned Songs Peace Concert, a city-wide educational forum, and led to the passage of an Anti-USA Patriot Act Resolution by the Cambridge City Council in June, 2002.
Since these beginnings we have continued our protests against U.S. war-making in Iraq and Afghanistan. We vigil weekly in Central Square, organize demonstrations, rallies and policy forums, and lobby our elected representatives to take stands against militarism. Realizing that without justice there can be no peace, we recognize the link between U.S. wars abroad and oppression at home. Towards this end, we allied with Centro Presente in the struggle for immigrant rights, and are active members of the coalition to stop Boston University from operating a dangerous biolab adjacent to Roxbury, an environmental justice community. In all our efforts, we are working towards a just and peaceful community at home and in the world.
Some CUJP Achievements
An article about the weekly vigil that was focused on immigrant rights – organized by CUJP in coorperation with the Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition – appeared in the Cambridge TAB:
Joined Jobs with Justice in support of worker's rights:
Sponsored "Poster Art: Standing for Peace and Justice," a far-ranging, rare exhibit bringing together historical posters from the 60's and 70's and recent work by local artists. Exhibited at Lesley University, Cambridge, March 22 - April 20, 2010
Resolution in support of the 25% campaign to "Fund Our Communities/ Cut Military Spending" passed by the Cambridge City Council by a 7-1 vote. March 2010
Op Ed in the "Wicked Local Cambridge" by Elliot G. Mishler and Vicky Steinitz, 9 December 2009.
Resolution opposing in principle the Boston University BioSL4 lab, and calling for a halt to construction until the supplementary environmental reviews are completed – passed unanimously by the Cambridge City Council, in view of the threat to all surrounding communities.
Holly Near Benefit Concert to benefit of Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace.
Bring the Troops Home Resolution passed unanimously by the Cambridge City Council.
Presented letter signed by 165 local scientists, physicians and academics protesting the proposed bioterroism lab in Roxbury/South End neighborhood.
Resolution against invading Iraq, passed unanimously by the Cambridge City Council.
Anti-USA PATRIOT Act Resolution passed by Cambridge City Council.
Citywide Educational Forum (outlining the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, its risks to civil liberties and the particular impact on immigrant communities).
“Banned Songs” Peace Concert.
“Not in our Name” – half-page ad in the Cambridge Chronicle, 150 signatures.