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21 Days of Questions 365 Days of Action

This October, in partnership with DUSP Professor Ceasar McDowell, the City of Cambridge will begin a revolutionary new outreach and education campaign against Domestic Violence. The project asks: What would happen if every one of us in Cambridge started to talk about Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and different forms of Abuse in Relationships? What if YOU, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers could be part of a whole new way of creating community change: by asking questions to mobilize action?

On October 17, 2012, the entire city will be invited to play your part in an interactive question campaign to understand and address domestic violence. For 21 Days, October 17 through November 7, the whole community will ask questions about WHY we have violence in our relationships and in our homes? WHAT causes it? WHO is affected? HOW do we stop it? You will encounter posters, billboards, websites, public service advertisements, social media and community conversations in coffee shops, buses, T stations, schools, gyms, office cafeterias, supermarkets, birthday parties, book groups, street fairs and dinner tables all across the city of Cambridge inviting you to donate your questions and to let everybody know why they are important to you. YOU will join your ideas and your voice with thousands of others of all ages and backgrounds who will donate their questions by text, email, phone call, and in written messages. The questions will be used to understand our community’s concerns, motivate action and drive change.

Once questions are gathered, they will be sorted into content categories and a picture of our community’s priorities will start to emerge. The key questions will be presented back to campaign participants in small and large gatherings, online and via media. YOU and other members of the community will weigh in on the key issues Cambridge must focus on. Together, community members and city leaders will examine existing resources to implement new strategies to address domestic violence. Together we will determine what more is needed and what roles we must all play to make our community a safer and healthier place for everyone. In November you will be invited to a public event to hear back on the three themes that emerged from the campaign. In 2013, the 365 days of action will start.

For more information about the campaign and to get involved, email getinvolved@21dayscambridge.org.

What is your question about domestic violence?

21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action is a community engagement project developed by the office of City Councilor Marjorie Decker in collaboration with Transition House, Engage the Power, Cambridge Women’s Commission, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Police Department Community Development Department, Department of Human Services, Youth Action Corps, Cambridge Multi-Service Center, Cambridge Community Television, Harvard University, Cambridge College, Violence Transformed, the Victims of Violence program at Cambridge Health Alliance, and MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning.