August/September Newsletter

Dear Supporters and Friends,

We hope you are enjoying the summer. You may have wondered why you have not received a E-newsletter since May when we announced our Annual Meeting. The reason is we have been focused on improving and updating our web site at watertowncitizens.org and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WatertownCitizensPJE. We hope that more of our present members and friends and many news folks will visit the web site and follow us on Facebook.

The site includes a listing of Upcoming Events Articles, (e.g.) a Q&A on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a statement on the Israel/Palestine conflict in Gaza, Calls for Action such as voting for the referenda to update the Bottle Bill and Earned Sick Time that will appear on the November ballot, and Resources on current projects like Watertown Friends of Bees and ReThink Plastic.

Our Facebook page provides notices of events as well updates on projects and the opportunity for folks to comment on posts and to post their own events.

We encourage you to VISIT our web site and FOLLOW us on Facebook. You can also send comments, requests, and upcoming events to our email address atwatertowncitizens@gmail.com.

Finally, we ask that if you did not make a contribution during our annual appeal in May, to do so today. Watertown Citizens issues only one fund appeal a year. Without a strong response to this appeal it is difficult to continue our work – your work – for peace, justice and the environment.

You can send a check made out to “Watertown Citizens” to Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, P.O. Box 1194, Watertown, MA 02471-1194.

Better yet, visit our new website (which your donations help make possible) at watertowncitizens.org and click on “ACT” and then “Donate” and you can contribute on-line with your credit card or PayPal account.

Thank you for all you do for peace, justice, and the environment.

 Watertown Citizens’ Monthly Meeting and Friends of the Bees Meeting
 Wednesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 13  Watertown Citizens will hold is next Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, August 20 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Raya Stern Room at the Watertown Free Public Library.Come learn about our working groups on plastics, bees, (see below), drones, and domestic surveillance; and help plan our fall programs.Everyone is welcome! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to send an email towatertowncitizens@gmail.com and if you want to learn more about us, visit our website,watertowncitizens.org.Watertown Friends of Bees will meet on Wednesday, August 13 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Watertown Public Library.

After spending the summer growing flowers, we will soon be planning fall activities. We have more movies to show, pamphlets on native bees, educational presentations and perhaps even a Pollinator Dinner!


 Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hibakusha, Our Life to Live 
 Film Showing, Sunday, August 3 at 5:30 PM  Please join Watertown Citizens for the film showing ofHibakusha, Our Life to Live at Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown. The showing is free. There is limited parking in a lot aside the church and additional street parking. Accessible for those using a wheelchair.Hibakusha, Our Life to Live was produced by David Rothauser of Memory Productions and released to rave reviews in 2013. It explores the experience of the survivors, or Hibakusha, through the journey of a young girl. For more information on the film seehttp://www.hibakusha-ourlifetolive.org/After the film we will have a silent march to the Watertown Dock for the traditional candleboat launching, music, and testimonials. (See next listing).


 Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki Building a Nuclear Free World 
 Sunday, August 3 at 7:30 PM  Please join us for a commemoration of the nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945 – the first use of nuclear weapons by any country – that caused over 100,000 deaths and years of misery and suffering for thousand of survivors.We will hold our traditional candleboat launching at the Watertown Dock to mark this event. Preceding the candleboat launching, there will be a film showing of “Hibakusha, Our Life to Live” at Grace Vision Church 80 Mt Auburn Street Watertown. (See above listing). At 7:30 PM we will have a silent march from the church to the dock.This event is co-sponsored by the New England American Friends Service Committee.


 Boston Remembers – Hiroshima & Nagasaki 
 Wednesday, August 6 Boston Remembers Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Moving from Violence to Unity
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. “69 years later, it’s time to fund jobs in Boston’s communities – not militarism and violence.”
Convene at First Church Boston at Marlborough & Berkeley Streets.
Memorial procession through Boston Common, past State House.
Ceremony at Boston City Hall Plaza with Tina Chery, Soran Bushi Dancer, Taiko Drumming, and Live Music.Sponsored by: Massachusetts Peace Action
11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138


 Take Action for a Nuclear Free Future! 
 Greater Boston Hiroshima & Nagasaki Events Take Action for a Nuclear Free Future!
Calendar of Events:
Sunday 8/3 – Tina Chery will preach at the First Church in Boston at 6 Marlborough St, Boston.Sunday 8/3 Community Church of Boston – Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration. Georges Island, 10am to 3pmSunday 8/3 Watertown Film and Candle Ceremony from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown.

Tuesday 8/5 Nuclear Savage: Film Screening and Potluck from 6:00 to 9:30pm at First Church in Boston, 6 Marlborough St, Boston.

Wednesday 8/6 Vigil from 7:45 to 8:30am – Waltham Concerned Citizens – Waltham Common, corner of Main and Moody Streets, Waltham.

Wednesday 8/6 Boston Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Moving from Violence to Unity – 3:00 to 5:30pm at First Church in Boston, 6 Marlborough St, Boston and Procession – Ceremony at City Hall Plaza, City Hal Plaza, Boston.

Wednesday 8/6 – Vigil – Merrimack Valley People for Peace.



 The US and Turmoil in the Middle East: An Update on the Latest Crises 
 Thursday, August 7  The US and Turmoil in the Middle East: An Update on the Latest Crises with Raed Jarrar on Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle Street in Cambridge.This is a first hand report from Jerusalem and analysis of Iraq and Syria from Mr. Jarrar who is policy impact coordinator for AFSC and was in Jerusalem July 10-17 as Israel launched the attack on Gaza.Mr. Jarrar will report on his experiences and also focus on analysis of the current situation in Iraq. The presentation will describe overarching US policy in the Middle East including Syria and Egypt, and how the peace movement can take action.Jarrar was born and educated in Baghdad and currently lives in Washington D.C. He has been a leading commentator on the US in Iraq since the invasion of 2003.

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace. Visitinfo@justicewithpeace.org.


 How Climate Change will Provoke World Conflict And Why Sustainability Is the Only Sure Road to Peace 
 Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 PM  You are invited to hear Michael Klare on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 PM speak on “How Climate Change will Provoke World Conflict And Why Sustainability Is the Only Sure Road to Peace”. Location TBD“Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics- notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy…. It would be easy to attribute all this to age-old hatreds, as suggested by many analysts; but while such hostilities do help drive these conflicts, they are fueled by a most modern impulse as well: the desire to control valuable oil and natural gas assets. Make no mistake about it, these are twenty-first-century energy wars.” – Michael Klare, “Twenty-First Century Energy Wars”, Truthdig, July 10, 2014.Michael Klare is Five College professor of peace and world security studies, and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), holds a B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the Union Institute. He has written widely on U.S. military policy, international peace and security affairs, the global arms trade, and global resource politics. His latest book is, “The Race for What’s Left” (2012).Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace. Visitinfo@justicewithpeace.org.


 T-Shirt to Shopping Bag Workshop 
 Thursday, August 14, 2:00 PM  Re-Think Plastic is holding a “T-Shirt to Shopping Bag” Workshop on Thursday, August 14 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the retail sheds near Panera Bread at the Arsenal on the Charles.Bring along your old shirts and they will create sew and no-sew shopping bags!Rethink Plastic is a citizens group, including Watertown Citizens, dedicated to reducing pollution from single-use plastic items such as bags, bottles, and styrofoam food containers and trays. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/352181478254348/


 Angela Kelly and Sofia Wolman Speak at AFSC Fundraiser 
 Sunday, September 14 American Friends Service Committee invites you to a special event on Sunday, September 14 in Newton.Midst the immediate need to stop the catastrophic wars and the deportation and internment of thousands of Central American children, there is also the need to put future plans in place.Angela Kelly and Sofia Wolman will be reporting on what they’ve learned this summer in Palestine/Israel and Japan respectively.Angela Kelly is AFSC-PES committee’s co-clerk. She recently returned from participating in the Health & Human Rights Project delegation to Israel/Palestine where she visited community groups, clinics, refugee camps and activists to document the conditions, oppression, and trauma of life under occupation.

Sofia Wolman is a Disarmament Associate at AFSC focusing on mobilizing for the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. She is now in Japan for the final weeks of the National Peace March to Hiroshima. Early next month she will attend the week-long World Conference against A- & H- bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Paul Shannon and Joseph Gerson will also provide organizing updates about September’s Peoples Climate Change March, the NPT Review Organizing, and the NATO Counter-Summit.

Minimum Contribution: $25. For more information and to RSVP contact JGerson@afsc.org.
American Friends Service Committee
AFSC Peace & Economic Security Program
Phone: 617-661-6130


 Sign Up for the Life-Friendly Garden Tour 
 Sunday, September 7 

This fall will bring the 14th Life-Friendly Garden Tour on Sunday, September 7 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.Formerly known as the Chemical-Free Yard and Garden Tour, this event is co-sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment and Watertown Community Gardens.A chemical-free growing space, however humble, is a welcoming place for beleaguered honey-bees, bumblebees, butterflies, moths and other important pollinators! Any gardener in Watertown who has not used synthetic chemicals for at least a year may participate as a host garden. Hosts will receive a sign to display and maps to share. We ask that hosts open their garden to guests who come to visit during the hours of the tour.This self-guided tour is free and open to the public. If you would like to host your garden on the tour, please visit www.watertowncitizens.org.