Cambridge Massachusetts Black American Historical Sites and Chronic Homeless Population Being Neglected at Harvard Square!

Cambridge Massachusetts Black American Historical Sites and Chronic Homeless Population Being Neglected at Harvard Square!

Black Americans and the Homeless Excluded From Current and Future Planning at Harvard Square, Cambridge,MA., Home of Harvard University!

  • Posted on: 13 December 2016
  • By: HRASHID

The The "Economic Development and University Relations Committee," of the Cambridge City Hall conducted a public hearing this evening to discuss recent and anticipated developments projects will conduct a public hearing to discuss recent and anticipated development projects and commercial and institutional and commercial and leasing in Harvard Square, and how such changes may affect the future of Harvard Square , in the Sullivan Chamber. the public hearing started at 5:00 PM. I address the public hearing concerning Black Historical Sites and Homelessness in Harvard Square. My public comment transcript is as follows:

Peace and Sanity Be Unto You, Hello Everybody, I’m Hasson Rashid, I reside at 820 Massachusetts Avenue.

Two Things are on my mind today, of which that I feel are two of the foremost concerns, in regards to the future of Harvard Square’s planning and implementations.My first concerns is for the upkeep of the Black American Historical Sites, Markers and Plaques, that are to be found in and around Harvard Square, as part of a citywide concerns and efforts for the repair and maintenance, of Black Historical Sites, Markers and Plaques found citywide. Black American Historical Sites found here in Cambridge, Harvard Square included, are an international tourist attraction, and should be treated as such, with the proper up keep and care. At 10 Story Street in Harvard Square, the site of a great Black American Female Historical figure, namely Ms. Harriet Jacobs.

This site and other Black American Historical sites through out the city are in bad shape, and has been for many years. Now is the time to put upkeep, repair, maintenance of Black American historical sites on your minds, and on the table of this current “Economic and University Committee” public hearing and meeting, and any future discussion on projects that may affect Harvard Square, and Cambridge Massachusetts citywide.

My second concern is that now is also a proper time to put Harvard Square’s Chronic Homeless dilemma on the table for discussion. Homeless people can be found among other places sleeping in front of the Harvard Coop, etc., on sidewalks each and every night, in the cold of winter, etc., also in other places on Massachusetts Avenue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insinuating that this discussions lead to formulating methods to criminalize the Chronic Homeless population, for sleeping in these places at night, etc.

Lets take a look at the “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25 (1),” it reads as follows “ Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well – being of himself and family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age, or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his/ her control.”

I say that the vacant spaces that are mention on tonight’s agenda be considered for conversion into chronic homeless social housing. Cambridge is rich, and especially Harvard Square, the development of homeless housing on this vacant land can be achieved.

Finally, I also request that you keep the homeless sector and mosaic, in the future planning equations directly related to Harvard Square. Thank you.

Yours In Peace and Sanity,
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid
Cambridge, MA
December 13, 2016

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