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, May 1, 2014 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St.  

Previous Meeting Agenda:

        - Check-in, announcements  7:15 - 7:30, All
        - Rwanda/Watertown  7:30 - 8:00, Will  
        - Sponsorship/Support  8:00 - 8:25, All
              1. Mothers For Hustice and Equality
              2. Peace Pole
              3. First Parish Concert
         - 50th Anniversaryof Civil Rights bill  8:25 - 8:35, All                     
         - Organizational Matters, including Watertown Community                        Foundation grant  8:35 - 9:00, All

Note:  these are approximate times.
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 is hosting SPEAK Week March 10-14 at Watertown High School. SPEAK stands for Sharing Personal Experiences and Knowledge and involves 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 will be 2 presentations for students and faculty during speak week.

1. On Tuesday March 11 Greater Boston PFLAG representatives will discuss 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 13 John Morello will perform 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 are 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


Bicycle Collection for Community Development at Home and Abroad

A bicycle collection for Bikes Not Bombs will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist, 35 Church St., Watertown.

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.  A monetary contribution of $5 per bike is requested to help defray the cost of overseas shipping.

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  .  For more information about the Watertown collection call 617 926-8130.

Become a Race Amity Ambassador - Save These Dates

The National Center for Race Amity provides innovative programs, events, and conferences that impact the public discourse on race in America. Its overall mission is to cultivate interracial friendships and dialogue, striving to advance access, equity, and unity for humankind.  http://www.wheelock.edu/ncra/

4th Annual Metro Boston Race Amity Celebration Rose Kennedy Greenway,
Parcel 17 near Aquarium
1PM-5PM, Sunday, June 8, 2014
A Human Family Event

Live Caribbean, Celtic, Gospel, Hip Hop and Latin Sounds

Curios George, Arts Tent, Face Painting
Game Tent with Bid Whist, Spades, Dominos and Mah Jong
Scrumptious Food from all over the world!

Join Actor and Comedian, Orlando Jones
6PM, Friday, March 21, WGBH Studios

Yawkey Auditorium, 1 Guest St., Brighton, MA
NCRA/WGBH Panel Forum: Race Amity and The Other Tradition
    A limited number of complimentary tickets available
    Contact: ncra@wheelock.edu and put "Forum" in the subject line

Moderator: Orlando Jones

- AnnaLisa Cox, Ph.D -
A Closer Kinship
- Richard W. Thomas Ph.D. - Understainding Interracial Unity:
                                         A Study of Race Relations in teh U.S.

- NCRA Spring Comedy Benefit Performance
   Orlando Jones

Saturday, March 22
Wheelock Family Theatre
Two Performances, 7PM and 10PM
Tickets on Sale Now


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).












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. 

:::  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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