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From the City of Cambridge, Feb. 22, 2016: The city is participating for the second year in events for White Ribbon Day, an international campaign that asks men and boys to stand up and speak out against gender-based violence. There is a week of recognition, ending Friday, surrounding the day. As part of the it, the image of a white ribbon is projected onto the façade of City Hall in the evenings through Thursday.

A group called MENding CamBRIDGE, formed last fall by the city’s Public Health Department and Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, are preparing these White Ribbon Day Cambridge awareness events:

City Hall White Ribbon Day event and photo. Male city employees and other men who live and work in Cambridge are invited to take the White Ribbon Day Pledge at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in front of City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. A group photo will be taken. For information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

Chalk Talk. Community members are invited to sign their name in chalk on the walkway in front of City Hall on the days leading up to Massachusetts White Ribbon Day on Thursday – or on Tuesday, when the group pledge takes place.

Community members can also participate in White Ribbon Day by taking the pledge and wearing a white ribbon through Friday. People are encouraged to share White Ribbon Day photos on social media and use #MENDCambMA in all posts. To view the pledge and sample social media posts and learn about other ways to get involved with Cambridge White Ribbon Day, click here.

For information, contact Nancy Rihan-Porter at the Public Health Department at [email protected].