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 onFacebook
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Next Meeting: World in Watertown meets Thursday, February 4, 2015 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. Previous Meeting Agenda: - Check-in - Unity Breakfast Update - Dr. Bernard Lafayette Update - Proposal to Help Immigrant Families with College Applications: Sarah Bansen - Administration - Membership/Dues Update - Website - Minute Takers March - June
For the sixteenth year in a row, Watertown celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a Unity Breakfast on Monday, January 18, 2016. The event brought 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, drawing over 400 guests. The program includes a timely keynote speaker, lively choral music, essays and art projects by Watertown middle and high school students, and the presentation of the Unity Award to a Watertown individual or community organization that has demonstrated outstanding community service.
This year’s keynote speaker was Andrea James, the Founder and Executive Director of Families for Justice as Healing, a Boston-based criminal justice reform organization advocating for community wellness initiatives to replace the war on drugs and incarceration. Ms. James has worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years from her days as a youth worker to a criminal defense lawyer. She dedicated her time and resources to providing zealous representation to families within her community of Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 2009 she was sentenced to serve a 24-month federal prison sentence. Even after a lifetime of seeking justice on behalf of disenfranchised people, she was stunned at what she encountered upon entering the federal prison system as an incarcerated person. The strength and fortitude of the women she met in prison motivated her to establish Families for Justice as Healing. One of the goals of the organization is to reduce punishment for non-violent crimes that separate mothers from children and the irreversible disenfranchisement of families and entire communities that incarceration fosters.
Ms. James is a current Soros Justice Fellow and author of Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts on the Politics of Mass Incarceration.
The Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus, under the direction of Joanne Hammil, performed. The chorus is a diverse group of singers of all ages who sing an eclectic, lively mix of music. Watertown middle and high school students will be actively involved in the program by sharing essays on Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings relate to their lives, and by displaying art work that depicts his principles.
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.
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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.