Hasson J. Rashid

CCTV, Alliance of Cambridge Tenant (ACT) , Cambridge MA
I have earned a BS in Human Service, MS in Human Service,one and a half years as a doctoral candidate at Capella University.
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April 15, 2014 - 10:19pm Dear Friends, I have some exciting news to share. Today, we learned that the New York Police Department has dismantled the unit dedicated to spying on Muslims in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the northeast. This is a great step forward – one that we hope will eventually lead to the full and complete end to the NYPD's Muslim spying program.This development comes after almost three years of litigation and advocacy work by Muslim Advocates and our allies: Muslim Advocates organized complaint letters to three State Attorneys General and the U.S. Attorney General supported by 100+ community, faith, civic, and civil rights organizations.Muslim Advocates filed three lawsuits – including the first legal challenge to the program in federal court (Hassan, et al. v. City of New York) and two public records requests (one each in New York and New Jersey).The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund partnered with Muslim Advocates on the New York public records request, and The Center for Constitutional Rights joined us on the legal challenge in federal court in New Jersey. A number of Members of Congress and civic, community, faith, and civil rights leaders and organizations... read more
April 14, 2014 - 4:52pm Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam Photo Ayaan Hirsi Ali has called Islam “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women’s rights and a fierce critic of Islam, who has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” “We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement released eight days after it had announced that Ms. Hirsi Ali and four other people would be honored at its commencement on May 18. The university said that the president of Brandeis, Frederick M. Lawrence, discussed the matter with Ms. Hirsi Ali on Tuesday, and that she “is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue.” Universities consider it important to make a distinction between inviting a speaker who may air unpopular or provocative views that the institution does not endorse, and awarding an honorary degree, which is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient’s... read more
April 14, 2014 - 12:16pm Photo of Raquel Evita Saraswati New Film on Muslim Women’s Rights Stir Backlash and Controversy The award-winning film HONOR DIARIES featuring nine brave women fighting for Muslim women's rights has caused a stir. The film sheds light on harsh abuses including child marriages, honor killings, and FGM. After over 100 screenings, Muslim advocacy groups are silencing the film. Screenings at three universities have been cancelled recently due to intimidation, and Muslim women in the film are now being harassed on social media-despite Council on American-Islamic Relations' acknowledgement that, "we don't have a problem with the content of the film." Efforts to silence HONOR DIARIES are silencing these brave women, and downplaying a massive human rights concern. Around the world, women at risk of abuse are silenced daily. The film is currently on DIRECTV and iTunes, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, TheHill.com, National Post, The Washington Examiner and Huffington Post. Here are some of the women featured in HONOR DIARIES: Zainab Kahn Zainab is a licensed clinical therapist, and an activist for global women's rights, and an artist. Zainab has worked extensively with... read more
April 14, 2014 - 11:54am ‘Jinn’ Based on Islamic Folklore: Indian American Director Indian American writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s supernatural thriller “Jinn” opens in theaters Apr. 4. SAN LEANDRO, Calif., United States Indian American filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad is gearing up to take movie fans on a journey into a whole new realm of cinema with the release of his supernatural thriller “Jinn.” Written and directed by Ahmad, the film is set to release across the United States Apr. 4 and is based on supernatural creatures in Islamic and Arabic folklore. When asked how he came up with the concept for “Jinn,” the Michigan-born filmmaker told India-West, “I’ve known about jinn all my life. The concept was always very scary, but cool at the same time, and I used to wonder why some of my friends knew about the jinn and others didn’t.” Wikipedia describes jinn as intelligent spirits of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans. “We’d never seen a movie, comic book, television show or video game about them,” said Ahmad. “Imagine growing up on ghost stories but having no cinematic portrayal of ghosts. Jinn are part of a mythology... read more
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April 10, 2014 - 9:13pm The House Ways and Means Committee just released their FY 15 budget. The good news is that that 7004-0102 was funded at $42,200,335, a $1.7 million over last year. This is a great accomplishment and large in part because of all of your efforts. We should feel good about this! But not too good. The Coalition for Homeless Individuals will continue to pursue the original goal of an $8.1 million increase. To secure this an amendment is being filed and will include the $48.5 million as well as language that stipulates a minimum bed rate of $32 along with an increase for everyone else not benefiting from that bed rate adjustment. Rep. John Mahoney (D- Worcester) has agreed to file the amendment. So that his amendment is “loaded” we want to pursue co-sponsorship – and this is where we need everyone’s help. Between now and Friday, we would like to ask if you would please call any State Rep. you may have met with or have a relationship with and ask them to co-sponsor Rep. Mahoney’s amendment to support increased funding to line item 7004-0102. Talking points are the same we’ve been using (attached is our fact sheet). Should they agree to sign on, please ask that they email... read more
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April 5, 2014 - 10:24am I Mr. Hasson J. Rashid is writing to cordially invite you to join me and other candidates from the Alliance of Cambridge’s Tenants (ACT’) competing for seats on ACT’s Board of Directors. We hope you can attend ACT Candidates event. Just a reminder! PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ARRIVE BY 5:00 PM! Refreshments will be served! • Public Housing and Section 8 Voucher Candidates Presentations • Food and refreshments provided by member contributions and local businesses including Redbones, The Middle East, Primo's Pizza, Harvest Co-op, Trader Joe's, and Shaw's/Star Market • Keynote by Vice-Mayor Dennis Benzan at 6:00 followed by a general explanation of the ACT election process and presentations from all candidates Date/Time: April 12, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Senior Center 806 Mass Ave Central Square Doors will open to the public at 5:00 Feel free to call if you have any questions. (ACT Office, 135 Prospect Street Cambridge 617-499-7031). I hope you can join us! Thank you very much, Yours In Peace, Mr. Hasson J. Rashid Candidate In the Alliance of Cambridge’s Board of Directors Elections. read more
April 3, 2014 - 4:43pm read more
April 1, 2014 - 12:16am RE-ELECT Mr. Hasson J. Rashid to the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants Board of Directors: Dear fellow Alliance of Cambridge of Tenant (ACT) members, if you are a CHA Public Housing or Voucher Tenant (Section 8), at least 18 years old or the head of household of any age, you are a member of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants ( ACT). I, Hasson Rashid invite you all to vote for my re-Election in the upcoming ACT Board of Directors (BOD) elections on April 21, 2014. Be responsible for bringing the best result to the ACT BOD, based on knowledge, experience, and understanding. I believe that all Section 8 and Public Housing Tenants and Residents, should have unity, in keeping with the uniqueness of the citywide mission of ACT. Proper communication is key to this mission in building ACT’s unique community voice. ACT community voice calls for both Section 8 and Public Housing voters, to vote in this election with the quality of one in spirit, sentiment, and purpose, which will allow ACT to have and maintain, a continuity of our purpose, and a continuity of our actions, and self-containment. This year’ s ACT election must demonstrate that Section 8 and Public Housing voters, don’t have a... read more