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.

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Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:
World in 
Watertown meets Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St.  


Previous Meeting Agenda

        - Check-in, announcements - 7:15-7:35, all                                 
        - Unity Breakfast: 2016 speaker - 7:35-7:40, Chuck, all
        - Mother's Day Walk for Peace - 7:40-7:50, Mark, Will, Sue      
        - Civic engagement, community conversations - 7:50-7:55, Larry
        - Future programs/project ideas, Kingian Training, Naturalization             Ceremony, others - 7:55-8:15, all
        - Membership; leadership - 8:15-9:00 all
Note:  these are approximate times.
Watertown Celebrated It's Fifteenth Annual Unity Breakfast

Watertown celebrated it's fifteenth Unity Breakfast on Monday, January 19, 2015.  The event brings together hundreds of people, representing Watertown’s diverse population, to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man who devoted his life to ending prejudice and racism in our country.

The Unity Breakfast has become a Watertown tradition, with 400 participants and a diverse program that includes a noted keynote speaker, lively choral and vocal performances, essays and art projects by Watertown middle and high school students, and presentation of the annual Unity Award to a distinguished individual or community organization.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Emmett G. Price III, one of the nation’s leading experts on African American Music, Music of the African Diaspora, and African American Culture. In addition to Dr. Price, and adding to the music theme, we are thrilled to welcome Francois Clemmons, an Afro-American singer, performer, playwright and university lecturer.  As well as music, the breakfast will include essays by middle and high school students on the meaning of the day, and the annual Unity Award which is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.

Dr. Price, who holds a PH.D. in ethnomusicology, is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University, where he also served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008-2012.  He is the author of HIP HOP Culture, executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music and editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide. A keynote and public speaker in high demand, Dr. Price has served as a guest lecturer at over 30 universities nationwide and has been a panelist at the prestigious Ford Hall Forum.  He currently joins Jim Braude and Margery Eagan every Monday for Open Mic on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio.  Finally, as a professional musician, he has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Paris and the United Kingdom.

Francois Clemmons, until his recent retirement, was an artist-in-residence and Twilight Scholar at Middlebury College.  Originally a professional opera singer, in the late 1980’s he rediscovered the joy of singing traditional spirituals.  Not able to find a professional ensemble that sang spirituals comparable to a Haydn Society or a St. Cecelia Society, he created one.  The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to "preserving, sustaining and commissioning new and traditional arrangements of American Negro Spirituals for future generations."

The Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus, under the direction of Joanne Hammil, will join Dr. Price and Mr. Clemmons in providing music for the breakfast.  The chorus is a diverse group of singers of all ages who sing an eclectic, lively mix of music. 

The Unity Breakfast is sponsored by the World in Watertown in collaboration with Survival Education Fund, Inc. and Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment.


Bicycle Collection for Community Development at Home and Abroad

A bicycle collection for Bikes Not Bombs took place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Church.

Bikes Not Bombs works both locally and internationally to promote peace and social justice.  Over the years they have shipped more than 50,000 bikes to community bike projects in over 13 nations in the developing world, including Ghana, Northern Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Central America and the Caribbean.  They also send technicians and tools to these countries for start up projects in micro-enterprise bike businesses, sustainable technology projects and youth training programs For the working poor in developing countries, bikes are an inexpensive means of transportation and provide essential access to school, to work, and to market.

Help Bikes Not Bombs achieve its mission of working towards sustainable transportation and community development by donating your used bike in reparable condition.

The drive is sponsored by the World in Watertown, the First Parish of Watertown, the Belmont Watertown United Methodist Church and Watertown Savings Bank, with the cooperation of the Watertown Police Department.  Information about Bikes Not Bombs can be found at www.BikesNotBombs.org  


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).




Speak Week

Thanks to a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation, the Watertown Youth Coalition, in Parntership with the Watertown Public Schools and the World in Watertown hosted SPEAK Week March 10-14 at Watertown High School. SPEAK stands for Sharing Personal Experiences and Knowledge and involved a range of diverse student groups and speakers, art projects, and interactive displays and activities that promote learning about a variety of topics related to identity.

The SPEAK Project aims to reduce non-acceptance and the related health risks including: substance abuse, depression, suicidal behaviors, body image issues and eating disorders, as well as anxiety about social situations that can lead to phobias and isolation. The proposed project also helps to reveal protective factors for all youth: building bonds with people, talking out loud about difficult subjects and finding that others actually relate to the same things, and adults showing support and creating a safe space to talk in a non-threatening, non-blaming way.

Activities are offered to the WHS community during lunchtime and are run by members of: the Watertown Youth Coalition Peer Leaders, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Armenian club and the International club. A community wide art project/puzzle will be created as well.

In addition, there were 2 presentations for students and faculty during speak week.

1. On Tuesday, March 11th, Greater Boston PFLAG representatives discussed LGBTQ people and topics by using interactive activities, sharing personal stories and answering questions. Speakers will include a Mother of a gay son, gay and lesbian youth and a trans youth.

2. On Thursday, March 13th, John Morello performed his one man show "Dirt" for all 9th and 10th graders.

According to his webiste, the show is decribed as "a therapeutic side project turned into one of the most popular assemblies for students across the country. Actor/Comedian John Morello considers himself a survivor of a high risk childhood. Having spent most of his life watching friends and family become victims of destructive decisions he responded by writing the one man show “Dirt”. Not a lecture or seminar, “Dirt” is a play of many characters all performed by one actor. With 15 years of stage experience Morello comically and effortlessly slips in and out of the characters to tell a story which is compelling, unique, and yet is unfortunately the story of far too many of our young people. Audiences were sure to see someone they know or can relate to and it is this cathartic recognition that has been connecting with young people across the country."

For more information on the show go to: http//johnmorello.com/wordpress/the-show

:::  Resource Map  :::
The Watertown resource map  is 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.


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