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.
click to enlarge

HRASHID

Recently posted by HRASHID

May 25, 2015 - 11:37pm Peace Be Unto You, On May 23, 2015 an article appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle entitled " Supply Succeeds Demand for Low Income Housing." I attempted to submit a comment to the article, but my attempts were unsuccessful, so that situation led to me posting my comment on the CCTV Blog. The Chronicle editor noted that the article was the fifth and final, part of a mini weekly series on housing. My intended comment and response, to the article is as follows: Peace Be Unto You, Its very difficult to believe the Michael Johnston I think, I know, would commit to say such a thing as “ the real issue is the lack of middle class housing in the city,” as it appear in this article entitled “ Supply Succeeds Demand for Low Income Housing. “ I have a workable knowledge of what Mr. Johnston is all about, or what his professional role and purpose, are at the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA). . CHA’s official mission is to render service to our low income population, that’s its primary function. In reality, that is the real issue at the CHA. Mr. Johnston role at Deputy Director, or a member of upper management, is to help insure that CHA stay on course with mission driven objectives and... read more
May 22, 2015 - 8:31pm Peace Be Unto You, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is at fault for allowing a sale of the Sullivan Court House to proceed, when it is actually in compliance violations, with the Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Consolidation Plan, and its Reporting requirements. One federal mandate of Moving to Work (MTW) agencies, in which the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development(DHCD) happens to be,is that it failed to include information, pertaining to available vacant state owned properties,that can be converted and utilize,for accommodating homelessness housing priorities.The state government hast failed to notify the federal government that this land was vacant, and forged ahead with sale arrangements with Legatt McCall Properties. In reality it all boils down to a sophisticated plot to errecet barriers, to keep the homeless sector from securing affordable housing accommodations, at vacant Commonwealth or government property(s). The state transferred property for $1 in Aug. 2010, in Agawam, MA, for the $14 million housing project for the homeless.The same could be done with the Sullivan Court House, in compliance with HUD’s Consolidated Plan mandates, etc. The... read more
May 21, 2015 - 6:53pm MAY 18, 2015 PEACE BE UNTO YOU: HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID, AND I RESIDE AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE. ON MAY 2, A HOMELESS MAN WAS VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED, WHILE HE WAS SLEEPING IN HARVARD SQUARE. I THINK THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE HOMELESS SECTOR, SHOULD BE ENACTED INTO LAW, OR LEGISLATED AS A HATE CRIME. THAT ISN’T WHAT I’M HERE TODAY TO COMMENT ON, MY COMMENT WILL BE ABOUT ITEMS# 6,7 ON THE CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA; 15-03,15-05 FROM AWAITING REPORTS; 5,6 FROM POLICY ORDER AND RESOLUTION, AND ANY OTHER AGENDA ITEMS THAT PERTAINS TO THE HOMELESS SECTOR. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THAT ANY CREDIBLE MEASURES THAT OUR CITY’S POLICY MAKERS TAKE TO EASE AND ERADICATED, HOMELESS IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD. IT IS GOOD THAT THE AGENDA IS FILLED WITH ITEMS THAT RELATE TO ADDRESSING THE CONTINUUM OF HOMELESS HOUSING NEEDS. SECONDLY, I THINK THAT THE CITY IS IN VIOLATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT'S (HUD) MANDATES, PERTAINING TO DECLARING VACANT CITY OWNED PROPERTY, AS BEING AVAILABLE FOR ACCOMMODATING HOMELESS HOUSING NEEDS, IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANNUAL AND CONSOLIDATED PLANNING AND REPORTING. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE FOUNDRY BUILDING LYING VACANT AND IDLE, FOR... read more
May 11, 2015 - 7:29pm This past Saturday, May 9th, Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, MA held the first of over 15 Renter Nation Assemblies scheduled to take place around the country this year. The Assemblies are part of Right to the City’s Homes For All Campaign, a national movement to increase awareness of the housing crisis and implement resident-driven solutions to the massive displacement and housing instability the crisis has imposed. Over 150 visionary community members converged to decide on a common platform to fight for tenants in Springfield.Willie Baptist was the keynote speaker. Baptist is a formerly homeless father and veteran of the Watts uprisings, the Black Student Movement, and the labor movement (United Steelworkers). He has 40 years of experience organizing amongst the poor and is a current board member of Picture the Homeless. “Willie came to Arise four or five times in the year preceding the formation of Sanctuary City in 2004, our tent city for the homeless,” says Christina Densmore, a formerly homeless Arise board member and one of the founders of Sanctuary City. “He was so inspiring that when a shelter closed and we had nowhere to go, we had the courage to organize a... read more
May 11, 2015 - 12:18pm At least 29 states post financial disclosure reports for lawmakers and other public officials on the Web, making it easy to see their investments and potential sources of conflicts with a few clicks. Most other states make the filings readily available for free to those who show up in person. But not Massachusetts, which has set up a virtual gantlet to see the filings, even though the whole point of collecting the financial information is to inform the public. In this state, residents must first show a photo ID and fill out a written request. And they are warned that a copy of the request will then be forwarded to the public officials to let them know who peeked at their filings. Additionally, statements of financial interest aren’t always available to view the same day or for free as the law intended. And if you ask to see a lot of the reports, be prepared for an especially long wait and a hefty bill. When the Globe asked to view this year’s reports for all 3,800 officials who file them, the State Ethics Commission said it would take “a number of months” to make the documents available. And it would only do so if the Globe submitted a cashier’s check payable to the Commonwealth... read more
May 7, 2015 - 10:06pm Peace Be Unto You, Dear Cambridge, I hope the following words that I have to humbly share with you all, find you all in the best of health and spirits. As you know now and are well aware of,according to the latest issue of Cambridge Chronicles(5/7/2015), an article by Reporter Feijo,the city manager,the city council,and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) have completed their initial steps in consolidating the Foundry Building for vested interest purposes.For months now, I have been advocating for the Foundry Building to be converted into housing,that will accommodate our local continuum of homelessness. Believe me now when I say that,the federal and state government policy makers have mandated the easing and eradicating, of homelessness,as the highest priorities to pursue with government funding,etc., but yet locally our so-called municipal policy makers, are insisting on pursuing a legislating course of excluding the local homelessness mosaic and sector, from affordable housing opportunities, in and on city own properties. Before I proceed, let me remind you of the uncredible past of how the city manager ascended to public office,the uncredibilty of the city council in... read more
May 7, 2015 - 6:36pm Only a few weeks left! Join the Restore Justice Campaign WorldTrust- Social Impact thru Film & Dialogue---World-Trust.png Since we launched our Restore Justice fundraising campaign on April 6th, the crisis of police violence against unarmed people of color has continued and captured the attention of the entire nation. As the details surrounding Freddie Gray’s heartbreaking death on April 12th became public, communities in Baltimore and across the country were overcome with despair, grief, and outrage. This painful time has become a tipping point for our country…and a potential gateway to change. Today, World Trust’s next film is more relevant than ever before. This timely film will explore a critical component of our troubled criminal justice system: the school to prison pipeline, a system that dehumanizes children of color, robbing them of their futures and their lives. The film will feature much-needed alternatives from the restorative justice movement that give these vulnerable children hope and protection, instead of violence and punishment. Campaign Update, Spread the Word: Thanks to your commitment and generosity, the Restore Justice fundraising campaign has surpassed... read more
April 21, 2015 - 9:42pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU (4/13/15): HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID OF 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, MY PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY IS ON CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA ITEMS# 14-91, ITEM# 15-28, AND OTHER AGENDA ITEMS THAT PERTAIN TO HOMELESSNESS, THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, AND THE VOLPE PROPERTIES. TO BEGIN, I FEEL THAT ALL APPOITMENTS SUCH AS THAT OF CHRISTOPHER BATOR, TO THE CAMBRIDGE REDEVELOPMENNT AUTHORITY, SHOULD ALSO BE BASED UPON A TRACK RECORD, AND EVIDENCE THAT THE APOINTEE HAS DEMONSTRATED, A SENSITIVITY TO THE HOMELESS SECTOR HERE , OR ELSEWHERE, AND THIS SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD. IN CAMBRIDGE HOMELESSNESS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN DESIGNATED AS A CRISIS, PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. ACTUALLY, HOMELESSNESS IS ALSO A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SOME OF OUR MUNICIPAL POLICY MAKERS HAVE ALSO OFFICIALLY CALLED FOR THE EASING AND ERRADICATION, OF HOMELESSNESS AS AN OFFICIAL HIGH PRIORITY OBJECTIVE AND GOAL. ALSO SOME OF OUR MUNICIPAL POLICY MAKERS,ETC., HAVE OFFICIALLY FAILED TO LET ITS SOCIAL SERVICES AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND OTHER OF ITS MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS KNOW SPECIFICALLY, THAT THE FOUNDRY BUILDING PROPERTIES, AND I GO ON RECORD ALSO STATING AND INCLUDING, THE VOLPE... read more
April 18, 2015 - 5:44pm Block Starz Music Television, the makers of OSCAR MICHEAUX: THE CZAR OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD, and American Current See Magazine present THE FORMULA: PROFILES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUCCESS. Jeremiah G. Hamilton (sometimes Jerry Hamilton) was a Wall Street broker noted as "the only black millionaire in New York" by James McCune Smith about a decade before the American Civil War. Hamilton was a shrewd financial agent, amassing a fortune of $2 million ($43 million today) by the time of his death in 1875.“Profiles of African-American Success” Documentary is a groundbreaking film that celebrates twelve Black entrepreneurs who succeeded against the odds. SOURCE: Block Starz Music Television LLC is a producer of documentary films, television and web series. http://www.theczarofblackhollywood.com, 4594 Chase Oaks Drive Sarasota, FL 3424, P: (888) 474-3999, E: info [at] blockstarztv [dot] com read more
April 17, 2015 - 3:22pm CONSTRUCTION JOBS – CAMBRIDGE, MA CTA Construction Company, Inc. currently has (2) construction projects in Cambridge, MA and is seeking applicants for various construction trades. Applications will be screened for skill / trade and experience and will be forwarded to various project subcontractors for their consideration. Minority, Female, Section 3 and,Local Resident, and HOMELESS applicants are highly encouraged to apply. These projects involve the renovation of (2) residential Cambridge Housing Authority apartment complexes in Cambridge, MA. Work on these projects will begin in the Spring/Summer 2015 and will continue for the next several years. Note that pay wages for workers on these projects will be in accordance with the Federal Davis Bacon Act. If you are interested in applying for a full or part‐time construction trade job,please visit our website at www.cambjobs.com and complete an online application. If you have a resume, please fill out an online application on our website as noted above and email your resume to jobs@cambjobs.com. If you do not have internet access, please call (781) 786‐6649 and leave a message.  TRABAJOS EN LA CONSTRUCCIÓN... read more
April 16, 2015 - 7:01pm read more
April 9, 2015 - 4:19pm read more
March 31, 2015 - 4:02pm AGENDA ITEMS: City Managers i#19; Calendar I#1,I12; / 3/30/15 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND ELECTION TIMES ARE ALMOST UPON US ONCE AGAIN. FAILURE OF OUR ELECTED POLICY MAKERS TO TIE IN, AN ANTI-HOMELESSNESS POVERTY STRATEGY, INTO THE PLANNING FOR THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD, AS AN ACT, OF CIRCUMVENTING THE LEGITIMATE AND FAIR HOUSING NEEDS, OF THE HOMELESSNESS SECTOR, OF THOSE STRICKEN BY POVERTY IN OUR MIDST. ANY FUTURE DISPOSAL OR HANDLING OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY, AND REDEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS, MUST INVOLVE THE INCLUSION OF AN ANTI-HOMELESSNESS POVERTY STRATEGY. WITH THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, DON’T BECOME LIKE, THE PLANNERS OF THE VOPLE AND SULLIVAN COURT HOUSE SITES, WHO FAILED TO INCLUDE AND ADDRESS THE GROWING CRISIS OF HOMELESSNESS, AND HOW THESE SITES COULD HAVE BEEN UTILIZED TO HELP THE HOMELESS SECTOR BUILD A PRACTICAL PATH OUT OF POVERTY. THE FOUNDRY BUILDING, VOLPE AND SULLIVAN SITES ARE THE ANSWERS TO THE PRAYERS OF MANY CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, MOSQUES, AND OTHER LOCAL HOUSES OF WORSHIP, THAT SEEK TO SOLVE THE IMMEDIATE HOUSING NEEDS OF THOSE HOMELESS IN OUR MIDST. THE FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, THE 10 YEAR PAN TO END HOMELESSNESS,... read more
March 26, 2015 - 7:59pm PARTICIPATORY VOTING LOCATIONS: Participatory Budget Project Voting - City Hall 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Friday, March 27, 2015 Location: City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Lobby Make your voice heard! If you're a Cambridge resident 12 years of age or older, YOU can VOTE on how to spend $500,000 from the City's Capital Budget. Background: In December, the City launched the Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative inviting the community to share ideas on projects to improve Cambridge. Over 40 volunteer Budget Delegates evaluated 380 ideas that were submitted and developed project proposals to meet community needs. From Mar. 22-28, we are inviting Cambridge residents age 12 or older to vote on which projects will get funded. There will be about 20 projects on the ballot for capital improvements related to: Culture & Community Facilities Environment, Public Health & Public Safety Parks & Recreation Streets & Sidewalks The City will allocate $500,000 in FY16 Capital Funds to the winning projects. Cambridge’s pilot PB project directly involves residents in the budgeting and city-building process, and helps ensure that the city’s Capital Plan reflects the... read more
March 23, 2015 - 8:03pm The tragic killing in Chapel Hill has revealed the ugly face of extremism once again, and served to create tension and misunderstanding. However, these events have also mobilized people of good conscience from all faiths and backgrounds, who will not let extremists define their beliefs. With the support of the families of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, Unity Productions Foundation, an award winning film producer for PBS, invites North Carolina based schools, civic, faith-based, and policy groups as well as concerned citizens anywhere in the US to show our films, for a limited time, at no cost. These films have been screened thousands of times across the country and have shown to increase understanding by engaging audiences in meaningful dialogue about issues involving Muslims and their relations with people of other faiths and societies. UPF's Award Winning PBS Films include Prince Among Slaves, which tells the story of an African Muslim Prince enslaved in Mississippi, Enemy of the Reich, about a Muslim woman who fought the Nazis, Islamic Art, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, and others. Screenings can be organized in classrooms, at local movie houses,... read more
March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm read more
March 19, 2015 - 3:56pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU (3/16/15) HELLO EVERYBODY, I’M HASSON RASHID OF 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, MY PUBLIC COMMENT IS ON CALENDAR ITEM#1, AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS ITEM#11, AND OTHER AGENDA ITEMS THAT PERTAIN TO HOMELESSNESS. IN CAMBRIDGE HOMELESSNESS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN DESIGNATED AS A CRISIS, PARTLY BECAUSE OF LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND OTHER REASONS. OUR MUNICIPALITY HAS ALSO OFFICIALLY CALLED FOR THE EASING AND ERADICATION, OF HOMELESSNESS AS AN OFFICIAL HIGH PRIORITY OBJECTIVE AND GOAL. IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU ALL HAVE HEARD ME SAY,THAT THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, IN ITS PUZZELING HAST TO GAIN A COMMERCIAL PROFIT FROM THE FOUNDRY BUILDING (FB), HAS FAILED TO DECLARE THE FB AS SURPLUS PROPERTY, IN ACCORD WITH STATE, FEDERAL, AND POSSIBLY LOCAL ORDINANCES, AND OTHER STATUES PERTAINING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR OUR HOMELESSNESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC, AND IT WON’T BE THE LAST TIME THAT YOU’LL HEAR ME SAY IT. OUR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT HERE IN CAMBRIDGE HAS ALSO OFFICIALLY FAILED TO LET ITS SOCIAL/ HUMAN SERVICES, AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS KNOW SPECIFICALLY, THAT THIS FB PROPERTY WAS AVAILABLE FOR HOMELESSNESS AND OTHER POVERTY USES. OFFICIALLY DECLARING THE FB AS SURPLUS CITY PROPERTY... read more
March 11, 2015 - 5:44pm CCTV's Human Service News and Information Program ( 3/11/2015):VIDEO: Cambridge,MA from Hasson Rashid on Vimeo. read more
March 10, 2015 - 9:17pm PEACE BE UNTO YOU, HELLO EVERYBODY/ I'M HASSON RASHID IN REGARDS TO THE CITY’S PROPOSAL TO DISPOSE OF A LONG-TERM LEASE HOLD IN THE FOUNDRY BUILDING PROPERTY, THE RIGHTS OF OUR HOMELESSNESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC, MUST BE RESPECTED. THE FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, MAKES REFERENCE TO AVAILABLE CITY PROPERTIES, ETC., TO BE USED TO HELP IN THE WORK OF EASING AND ERADICATING HOMELESSNESS. WHAT YOUR DOING HERE TONIGHT, IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT OR NOT, INVOLVES A CONNECTION FEDERAL CONSOLIDATED PLANNING COMPLIANCE MANDATES. I REQUEST THAT YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT IT MEANS TO CIRCUMVENT THE FEDERAL CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS AND DICTATES, BY GRANTING THE CAMBRIDGE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ITS GO AHEAD TO BECOME OVERSEER OF THE FOUNDRY BUILDING PROPERTIES. YOURS IN PEACE, MR. HASSON J. RASHID read more
March 8, 2015 - 8:53pm PEACE BE UNTO TO YOU, (3/2/15). I’M HASSON RASHID, RESIDING AT 820 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, MY PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY IS IN REGARDS TO AGENDA ITEMS ( UNFINISHED BUSINESS# 15; POLICY ORDER AND RESOLUTION LIST I#2). THE FOUNDRY BUILDING (FB) IS A SUITABLE CITY OWNED PROPERTY, A VACANT FACILITY, CATEGORIZED AS UNDERUTILIZED, EXCESS OR SURPLUS, AND I GO ON THE RECORD STATING THAT IT SHOULD BE DONATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND HELPING, OUR HOMELESSNESS SECTOR AND MOSAIC. OUT OF THE INITIAL FOUR OPTIONS TO COMMENCE FB PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTS, ONE WAS CHOSEN, IT PROPOSED TO NAME THE CAMBRIDGE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (CRA) TO STEER FUTURE FB PLANNING, DEVELOPMENTS, RECOMMENDATIONS, ETC. THE LIVING RECORD DEMONSTRATES THAT IN THE PAST, AND UP UNTIL THE PRESENT, THE CRA HAS NEGLECTED AND CIRCUMVENTED, THE LITIGATE RIGHTS OF THE POOREST OF THE POOR, TO BE INCLUDED IN ITS FUTURE ORIENTATED PLANNING, DEVELOPMENTS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS,. NOT ONLY THE CRA, IN ITS PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS, FOR THE SO-CALLED INNOVATIVE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF THE CAMBRIDGE REGION, BUT LOCAL FEDERAL AFFILIATES, STATE,REGIONAL, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY ENTITIES, IN THEIR PLANNING, RECOMMENDATION, ARE... read more

Pages