World in Watertown is a civic organization founded to protect and promote non-discriminatory practices in Watertown, Massachusetts.
We create and suppport local educational programs and other initiatives to honor our town's diversity. We bring together members of the community to celebrate our cultural differences. We advocate for fair and equal treatment for all. If and when acts of discrimination occur, we work with the community to respond appropriately. Follow us on Facebook
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Next Meeting: World in Watertown meets Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. Meeting Agenda: - Check-in, announcements 7:15 - 7:30, All - Community Supper with Project Literacy7:30 - 7:40, All - 50th Anniversaryof Civil Rights bill 7:40 - 8:00, Kathy, All - Peace Pole update 8:00 - 8:10, Emily Paige, David Jenkins - Future topics/programs 8:10 - 8:45, All
Note: these are approximate times.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast
The Annual Unity Breakfast, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, was held on Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:00 at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 25 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown. The Breakfast brought together members of the Watertown community to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
This year's keynote speaker was Monalisa Smith, President and Founder of Mother's For Justice and Equality, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end neighborhood violence. Music was provided by The Greater Boston Intergeneartional Chorus led by Musical Director, Joanne Hammil. The program also featured a Unity Award given to all the tutors of Project Literacy, an organization teaching and tutoring students who are learning English. School essay winners wrote inspiring stories of what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may have encountered if he were alive today and how he may have reacted based on his beliefs. Click here to read Middle School winner, Sarah Pardo's essay and click here to read High school winner, Cody Hecht's essay.
50 Anniversary Public Reading of Rev. Martin Luther King JR.'s "I Have A Dream" speech
A public reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech took place Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm at the Watertown Landing (the Town Dock) in Watertown Square. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. King presented his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial facing the reflecting pool. At the Watertown event, the Charles River served as our own "reflecting pool."
This event was co-sponsored by World in Watertown, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment, First Parish of Watertown, and the Church of the Good Shepherd. Thanks to the Mass. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation for permission to have assembled by the river.
Watch Joanne Hammil and Pete Seeger!
On Aug 28, 2013, at a Newton celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, WIW member Joanne Hammil was joined by Pete Seeger on guitar as she directed a group of children, the audience, and the evening's speakers, in their final song "Siyahamba", to symbolize how we all need to continue marching together for justice, jobs and equality.
(It was shot by an audience member from one of the children's schools so it begins with their school name).
World in Watertown and Friends of Project Literacy co-sponsored a Naturalization Ceremony in Watertown on Wednesday, May 8th, at the Hellenic Cultural Center at 28 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown. Following the ceremony was a voter registration.
Two hundred immigrants from over fifty countries surrounded by their families and friends, received their citizenship at this ceremony. Watertown's Intergenerational Chorus, led by Joanne Hammil, opened and closed the program with "America the Beautiful" and We are a circle.
Hon. Melvin Hoffman addressed the new cictizens and recalled a beautiful story of his own mother's citizenship story.
Many local ethnic markets and restaurants provided food.
The Watertown resource mapis produced in six languages, Armenian (Western), Chinese, English, Portugese, Russian and Spanish. See our Resources page for all the languages. It was developed to highlight points of interest to new residents of Watertown. It is the result of several years of work by many local residents and organizations.
Representatives from each of four organizations, Project Literacy of the Watertown Free Public Library, Parent Child Home Program of Watertown, Watertown Police Department and World in Watertown worked together to manage the project.