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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World in Watertown meets Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:15 at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St.
Meeting Agenda: - Check-in/annnouncements - Naturalization Ceremony and voter registration - Website guidelines - "Traces of the Trade" - new program - Retreat follow up: Unity Breakfast, other - Summer Plans
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, 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. In addition to the judge's words,
Many local ethnic markets and restaurants provided food.
The Watertown Public Art Committee has raised funds and hired an artist to design a mural for the wall on Linear Path between Whites Ave and Waverly Ave. We would like the mural on this wall to reflect something special about Watertown and hope you participate as we choose themes.
Let us know what you find special about Watertown by answering the five questions on this survey. Just click on this link below:
13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast
Watertown celebrated its 13th Unity Breakfast on Monday, January 21st, 2013, a town tradition. Thsi event brought hundreds of people together, representing Watertown's diverse population, to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to ending prejudice and racism in our country. This years's speaker was the civic, community and nonprofit leader Robert Lewis, Jr., Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation. Musical performances were presented by The Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus under the direction of Joanne Hammil, and Chosen Voices of Harmony led by Sylvester Hill. The annual Unity award was presented to Eileen Hsu-Balzer, Watertown School Committee Chair, who was honored for her many years of outstsanding community service.
The Watertown Middle school essay award winner was Cyril Brutus (8th grade). The essay question was "In the 1950s and 1960s, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked for racial equality and desegregation for AfricanAmerican and for social justice for many groups. If Dr. King were alive today, what issue do you believe he would be working on today? Describe the issue and speculate what Dr. King and others would do to address it." Click here for the essay.
The high school essay award winner was Tessa Collins (10th grade). The essay question was "in the 1950s and 1960s, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., worked for racial equality and desegregation for African-Americans and for social justice for many groups. In light of the fact that Dr. King's non-violent approach to civil disobedience was patterned after Gandhi, what do you see is the essence of their message? What current sitaution, herein the United States or around the world, would get Dr. King's attention, what would he think about it, and how would he help address it?" Click here to read the essay.
Hope to see you at the 2014 breakfast!
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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.