Watertown Group Hosting Event to Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki

The following announcement was submitted by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment:
Please join us for a remembrance of the nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. in 1945 killing over 210,000 and causing misery for thousands of survivors. Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:30 p.m. – Silent Vigil – Watertown Square
8:00 p.m. – Music and Testimonials
8:30 p.m. – Launching of the Candle boats – Watertown Dock
Recommit to the Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Iran Nuclear Agreement of 2015 is a major step in stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Reached after years of difficult negotiation, the agreement stands as an example what diplomacy can achieve. The United States’ decision to withdraw from the agreement is in sharp contrast to this diplomatic achievement. For the sake of the world and in memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the U.S. must recommit to this historic agreement.

Young Voices for Peace, Justice and the Environment Featured on Panel at Meeting/Potluck

The following announcement cam from Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment:

Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner, Sunday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m., Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. Featuring a panel of Young Voices for Peace, Justice and the Environment
Yara Akkeh
Caitlin Forbes
Adham Hussein
Shivani Sharma
Ari Stern
Brenton Stoddart
Kimia Tabatabaei
Alex Thuene
Panel Moderator: Tod Gross
Come help us celebrate our accomplishments and hear the voices of young activists! 5:30 p.m. – Potluck Dinner
6:00-8:00 p.m – Meeting & Program
For more information, visit watertowncitizens.org

Former Enemies in the Middle East Join Together in Effort to Create Peace

{The following piece was submitted by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment.}

On April 28, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment was delighted to host an event with members of the organization Combatants for Peace, which is dedicated to ending the Israeli Occupation and the cycle of violence in the Middle East. Former Israeli soldier Shai Eluk and former Palestinian fighter Osama Elewat related their personal stories of transformation from violence to non-violence to the audience at Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church. While serving as a soldier in the Gaza strip and the West Bank, Shai encountered brutal treatment of innocent Palestinians and refused to continue to serve in the West Bank. Osama’s family was exiled to Jordan when the state of Israel was established in 1948, and subsequently returned to Israel. As a young child he was harassed by Israeli soldiers while walking to school, then later witnessed cruel treatment of his compatriots.

Tour of Chemical-Free Gardens in Watertown Planned for Early May

The organizers of a tour of gardens which do not use chemicals will be held on May 6, 2018 , from 1 to 5 p.m., at homes around Watertown. Organizers provided the following information:
We look forward to Watertown’s 20th Life-Friendly Garden Tour! Imagine a Sunday afternoon in May, redbud and dogwood in blossom, tulips and late narcissus in bloom, where bees are buzzing, robins are singing, and you are viewing flourishing plantings and learning from your host or hostess about healthy, earth-friendly gardens. On Sunday May 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., a chemical-free, admission-free garden tour will be sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment. This will be the 20th Life-Friendly Garden Tour since the first one in 2007!

Former Combatants Will Discuss Efforts to Bring Peace to Israel, Palestine

Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment will host an event called Combatants for Peace on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church, 421 Common Street, Belmont. The group sent out the following information:
In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. They forswear violence and advocate together for an end to the Occupation. The egalitarian, bi-national movement was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017.

Watertown Group Screening Movie About American Government’s Use of Drones

The Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment will host the screening of a film about the United States Government’s use of drones from the perspective of those who worked in the program and those impacted by the drones on the ground. Watertown Citizens sent out the following information:

Why is our government killing thousands of people around the globe they can’t even identify? See National Bird, a film directed by Sonia Kennebeck about the secret US drone assassination program. Plagued by PTSD and guilt over participating in the killing of thousands of faceless people, including children, three whistleblowers courageously decide to speak out publicly, despite possible severe consequences. The film also interviews people on the ground in Afghanistan whose families have been shattered by the deaths and lost futures of those who have been injured and terrorized by drones.

Group Hosting Dialogue About How Immigration Impacts Our Communities

A discussion of how immigration into the U.S. impacts communities like Watertown will take place Sunday, hosted by the Watertown Citizens Refugee Support Group. WHEN: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Room, 123 Main St, Watertown

Featured Speakers:
Watertown Police Lt. Daniel Unsworth
Internationally renown scholar Dr. Yakir Englander
Watertown Middle School Student Kingian Non-violence Trainer Shivani Sharma
Immigration Attorney Elizabeth Goss
Come join an open, honest conversation about U.S. immigration – its impact on our communities, how to separate fact from fiction, and how to take responsibility for the discourse that surrounds us. Presented by Watertown Citizens Refugee Support Group. http://watertowncitizens.org/, https://www.facebook.com/groups/WatertownCitizensRefugeeSupport/about/

Tour Life-Friendly Gardens at Homes Around Watertown

Organizers of the Life-Friendly Garden Tour sent out the following announcement:

Imagine a Sunday afternoon in May, redbud and dogwood in blossom, tulips and late narcissus in bloom, where bees are buzzing, robins are singing, and either you are welcoming others to enjoy and learn from your chemical-free garden or yard, or you are the visitor, viewing flourishing plantings and learning from your host or hostess about healthy, earth-friendly gardens.On Sunday May 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., a chemical-free, admission-free garden tour will be sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment. This will be the 20th Life-Friendly Garden Tour since the first one in 2007. Owners of the sites on the tour will share their growing spaces, large and small, where plants of all kinds thrive best without the use of synthetic chemicals – pesticides, fungicides, herbicides. “Cide” means kill and these products threaten the wellbeing of plants and animals, and of the planet. Synthetic fertilizers do indeed feed the plant, but at the expense of the soil, which it degrades.