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2021 Virtual Fundraiser
Watertown Walks for Peace
For the seventh consecutive year World in Watertown helped to organized Watertown Walks for Peace -- Watertown residents joining together to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and its services to families and communities affected by gun violence.
This year was the 25th anniversary of the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, so we wanted to do our part – and set a fundraising goal of $3000 (almost 50% over our 2020 goal).
=> But we raised over $5000!! That’s 67% above our goal of $3000!!
=> We also organized a “symbolic walk for peace” on Mother’s Day which attracted over 60 participants – including 10 kids. We met at Church of the Good Shepherd at 8:00 am and walked together to the MLK public mural behind the Boys & Girls Club.
=> See local press coverage of WW4P 2021:
Once again (for the seventh year in a row), Watertown Walks for Peace demonstrated our concern and caring for individuals, families, and communities affected by gun violence.
Why the Mother's Day Walk for Peace is important
The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is sponsored by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester, a center for healing and teaching, supporting those who have lost loved ones to homicide, and working with young people to teach the ways of peace. The Institute has earned a reputation as an innovative leader for peace.
Watertown Walks for Peace 2021 sponsors
World in Watertown
Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment
First Parish of Watertown (Unitarian Universalist)
Church of the Good Shepherd
Kingian Response Team
World in Watertown co-sponsors immigration stories banners
World in Watertown co-sponsored* a colorful and creative initiative to highlight Watertown immigration stories on banners that have been mounted throughout Watertown Square.
The banners were created by students at the Hosmer Elementary School to illustrate the immigration stories of their families.
Join the public dedication ceremony was held on Friday, June 26, at 6:30 pm in the Delta.
* Other sponsors: Town of Watertown, Mass Cultural Council, and Watertown Savings Bank
Watertown Walks for Peace 2019
Watertown Walks for Peace 2020
Our 2020 fundraising goal: $2020
Our 2020 fundraising total: $3260
This was the 6th consecutive year for Watertown Walks for Peace to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Our giving will again help the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute meet the needs of gun violence survivors through its critical services, advocacy and training
This year's Walk for Peace was a "virtual walkathon" because of the Covid-19 crisis. In spite of all the Covid-19 challenges, our combined enthusiasm and generosity resulted in strong participation and giving
Our 2020 virtual fundraising goal was $2020 … but we raised $3260 — $1240 (61%) *over* the goal
This $3260 total is only $15 less than the amount we raised in 2019 ($3275) — when we had two buses of participants actually walking with others from Dorchester to City Hall
More importantly — 55 individuals and families made donations this year … 8 more than in 2019 (47 donations).
World in Watertown was a co-sponsor for this year's Watertown Walks for Peace, along with Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment. First Parish and Church of the Good Shepherd were also generous supporters
Find out more: http://www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org
News & Updates
This forum was organized in two parts: learning about Islamic practices from Imam Ismail Fenni, of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cambridge mosque; insights from a local artist's paintings depicting Muslim practices in a small village in West Africa.
The forum introduced non-Muslim participants to the “Five Pillars of Islam” (faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage), and featureed paintings by local Watertown artist Sheri Kennedy interpreting the Five Pillars from her Peace Corps experience in Niger, West Africa.
The forum highlighted the similarities and differences of Islamic practices in different societies, and encouraged non-Muslim participants to reflect on their own religious and spiritual practices.
"Time is Always Right" Public Mural
World in Watertown, as a convening organization for the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, helped to organize and sponsor the dedication of a new public art project dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The new mural was designed and created by Ruth Henry (a Watertown Middle School teacher and founder of the Kingian Nonviolent Conflict Resolution training curriculum) and a team of Watertown students, residents, police officers, and other town organizations.
The mural was dedicated on June 7, 2019, at the basketball court in Saltsonstall Park, and now serves as public presence honoring Dr. King in a prominent Watertown location.
Watertown Walks for Peace 2019
World in Watertown was once again a lead organizer for "Watertown Walks For Peace" (WW4P), a contingent of Watertown familes, adults, and students marching in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace in Boston.
Almost 100 Watertown residents participated in the event -- 74 of them as walkers and donors, and the others as donors only. Almost 20 young people (family members or students from the Middle School and High School) provided energy and emotion throughout the walk.
Most importantly, WW4P raised over $3000 for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit working with individuals and families affected by gun violence.
See below for the Watertown Tab's coverage of the event.
"Watertown groups walk for a worthy cause"
Watertown Tab / Wicked Local
"Despite the rainy and cold weather on Mother’s Day, more than 75 Watertown youth, their parents and other residents joined others from Boston and surrounding communities in the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace from Fields Corner in Dorchester to Government Center.
The seven-mile walk raises funds and awareness for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss ... "
Vigil to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 4, 2018 (5:30 - 6:30 pm)