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, December 5, 2013 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 - Unity Breakfast planning 7:30 - 8:00. Update - Committee Unity Award - Will, Larry - Project Literacy Dinner, Feb. 27: Our Families of Origin8:00 - 8:25, Susan, Sue, Laurie - Membership, website, brochure 8:25 - 8:40, Paul - Open Items 8:40 - 9:00 Foreign language books @WPL, Kathy World map, Joanne WiW brochure on Watertown Savings Bank video screen, Sue - Other
Note: these are approximate times.
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).
From Emancipation To Equality: The Unfinished Business Of Civil War And Civil Rights
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech.
We hope you can join us as we commemorate these historic events with a public program exploring our nation's racial progres and the work that remains to be done.
Click here for more information and all the details of the event.
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.