October/November Newsletter

Dear Supporters and Friends,

This Newsletter is focused on a couple of upcoming Watertown Citizens’ events and the questions that will appear on the ballot on Election Day, November 4.

Vote NO on Question 1

Vote “NO on Question 1 to keep the T, roads, and bridges funded. Retain the law indexing the gas tax to inflation.

Wecannot afford to gamble on our transportation system. The shifting nature of political winds require us toensure continued stability of this key resource for our state and local economic lifeline.

Stand Out for a YES on Question 2

There will be a Stand Out in Watertown Square on Thursday tomorrow, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in support of a YES vote on Question 2 which would Expand the “bottle bill” to include water bottles, juice, sports drinks.

Vote YES on Question 2 for a better environment!

Only 23% of beverage containers without deposits make it to recycling compared to 80% with deposits. Expanding deposits to water and juice containers will increaserecycling and save towns and cities $6.7 million per year in litter collection and trash disposal costs.
Vote YES on Question 3

Vote YES on Question 3 to repeal the casino deal. Experts agree that casinos are terrible for the economy.

Casinorevenues are a false promise. Casino jobs are low-­‐paying, and they cause job losses in other sectors.Casinos are bad forall of our communities. They double gambling addiction and increase crime.
Vote YES on Question 4

Vote YES on Question 4 for earned sick time for all workers.

Earned sick time improves employee retentionand productivity, and is good for our economy. This measure has proven beneficial for businesses large andsmall, and for employees across sectors. A healthier workforce is better for everyone.
Watertown Citizens Monthly Meeting

Watertown Citizens Monthly Meeting with a Special Guest from Jewish Voice for Peace

Watertown Citizens’ Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday, October 29 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Watertown Free Public Library.

Special Guest Presentation by Lisa Stampnitzky from Jewish Voice for Peace at 8:00 PM.

Agenda items include:

– Canvassing and Phone Calling for Ballot Questions

– Updates on Working Groups -Friends of Bees Rethink Plastic

– Report on People’s Climate March

– Militarization of police forces

– Forum on Syria and US Middle East Policy

– and much more!
A First Hand Report: Assad, ISIS, Obama & US Middle East Policy

A First Hand Report: Assad, ISIS, Obama & US Middle East Policy. A Talk by Reese Erlich.

Sunday, November 9 at 6:00 PM at Grace Vision Church 80 Mt. Auburn Street, two blocks from Watertown Square. If you are using public transportation, take the #71 Bus from Harvard Square.

Foreign correspondent and investigative reporter Reese Erlich recently returned from northern Iraq where he interviewed displaced Yazidis, peshmerga fighters and US diplomats.

He will discuss the growing influence of extremist rebel groups and why the US bombing campaign will hurt both Americans and people of the region. Mr. Reese’s new book is Inside Syria: the Back-story of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect published by Prometheus Books and distributed by Random House.

Watertown Citizens appreciations the co-sponsorship of this important event by American Friends Service Committee, Arlington Justice with Peace, Massachusetts Peace Action, and Newton Dialogues on Peace and War.
A Special Appeal to Our Supporters

Watertown Citizens is asking all our supporters to help expand our reach in Watertown by:

1) Visiting our web site at www.watertowncitizens.org and telling your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

2) Following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WatertownCitizensPJE and sharing the page with as many folks as possible.

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