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Citizenship Day: September 20, 2014

The Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative is very pleased to announce a partnership with Mayor Walsh’s Office of New Bostonians to conduct five simultaneous citizenship events in Boston on September 20. The goal is to assist 250 eligible legal permanent residents to apply for citizenship on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This event is FREE

To apply for naturalization on Citizenship Day, please sign up here or call 617-694-5949.

To volunteer on Citizenship Day, please sign up here

Eligible legal permanent residents must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have had a green card for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a US Citizen)
  • Able to read, write, and speak basic English.

The events are being held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at five Boston Centers for Youth and Families at:

  • 112 Paris Street, East Boston 02128
  • 339 Dudley Street, Roxbury 02119
  • 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester 02122
  • 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 02130
  • 1-5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan 02126

Watch Mayor Walsh on Urban Update announcing the event and partnership with GBCI.


Dignity of Life: The Heart of Human Rights and Peace Building

11th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To RSVP, click here:

Respect for the dignity of life is a concept that is fundamental to Buddhist philosophy. Dignity is also of central importance to human rights, conflict resolution, and peace building. It provides a starting point for cultivating an awareness that all life is connected and inviolable. A deeper understanding of dignity could impact the way we view ourselves, our interactions with others, and, ultimately, the way we treat the planet itself.

In his 2013 Peace Proposal, Daisaku Ikeda states, "If we picture a global society of peace and creative coexistence as an edifice, the ideals of human rights and human security are key pillars that hold it up, while the foundation on which these rest is respect for the dignity of life." He continues, adding that, “if this foundation remains no more than an abstract conceptualization, the entire structure will be unstable and could collapse in the event of a severe challenge or crisis.”    
Similarly, the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads, “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” 
With these statements as a framework, this year's Ikeda Forum will explore the role of dignity in fostering peace and transforming conflict—both on the individual and group level. We will also examine how violations of dignity happen at all stages of human interaction and are the cause of many disputes. Through our dialogue, we will consider the ways in which we might cultivate a broader recognition of, and respect for, the inherent value of all life. We will also discuss the essential elements needed to sustain a culture which supports respect for dignity as its foundation. 


  • Andrea Bartoli, Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
  • Charlie Clements, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Mari Fitzduff, Professor and Founding Director, the Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University


Instilling Hope in Gaza: The Legacy of Dr. Eyad el Sarraj
A Memorial Tribute

October 28, 2014
7:00 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Square
(corner of Mass Ave and Church Street)

Presented by The Gaza Mental Health Foundation.

Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the
University of California at San Francisco

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Co-founder, Gaza Mental Health Foundation

President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation

Dr. Eyad el Sarraj (1943-2013) was the fi rst psychiatrist in the Gaza Strip and a renowned campaigner for peace with justice who recognized the vital connection between mental health and human rights. The founder in 1990 of the Gaza  Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), he received the first human rights award given by the US Physicians for Human Rights, among many other international honors. His courage, decency, independence of mind, and vision of a better world made him a beacon of moral conscience and hope for those Israelis seeking peace with Palestinians and Palestinians struggling with both the occupation and their own ruinous political divisions.

Nearly a year after his death on December 17, 2013, “Instilling Hope in Gaza” will examine the conditions in the Gaza Strip that shaped his life and work, how the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is today forging ahead with his work, and what more can be done to build on his legacy in the years ahead.

Host: The Middle East Education Group at First Parish Cambridge. Co-sponsors: The Martín-Baró Fund, American Friends Service Committee - New England Region, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Grassroots International, Harvard School of Public Health, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, Physicians for Human Rights, United for Justice with Peace.

Suggested donation at the door: $10 - or more! Funds will support the work of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

* EyadMemorialEventFlyer.pdf
Download the "Instilling Hope in Gaza" flyer.