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. I host two TV programs on "BeLive" at CCTV Cambridge,MA entitled 'Human Service News and information," and "The History,Community Life, and Diversities of Muslim Americans in...
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May 23, 2014 - 6:08pm St. Paul, Minnesota — A network of video servers from Tightrope Media Systems is supporting Northwest Community Television (NWCT), which provides local origination, public access and government (PEG) channels to cable subscribers in nine Minneapolis-area suburbs. NWCT recently added nine new Cablecast SXLE SD video servers to its infrastructure to support government access Channel 16, bringing its total to 13 systems enterprise-wide. The network previously broadcast its government access programming from videotape machines in a central facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The new Channel 16 Cablecast systems reside in dedicated production control rooms built for each city hall. NWCT channels are carried by Comcast, which reaches more than 75,000 cable households in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis. Channel 16 carries live and replayed video of city council and other meetings from city halls throughout the area. The channel also carries video programming specifically produced for each city by NWCT staff. The Tightrope servers allow Channel 16 to efficiently narrowcast this programming, enabling residents to see meetings and other important information relevant to their... read more
May 23, 2014 - 5:43pm Peace Be Unto You, Good Evening, since this business about possible use of the Foundry Building began, I went on record maintaining support for it to be used as a center to create and expand, economic opportunities for the poor. I declare here and now, that my support for it being utilized in that way, has not change. Further, I feel that it should be added to any part and parcel comprehensive planning, as a comprehensive assault for the alleviation and ending of poverty and homelessness, in Cambridge. Unfortunately, I see no mention specifically of empowering the poor, and helping poor peoples here in Cambridge advance out of poverty forth coming. In Item 9-15 in Unfinished Business Mr. Rossi has submitted intentions to borrow upwards of $15 Million for various purposes, but none of the money will be specifically designated towards ending the evils of poverty here in Cambridge, or advancing a comprehensive assault on it. Instead it appears that a fortress to keep the poor out is being build up and erected, here in Cambridge. I know some of you may not believe in God, but God will judge you all by the degree to which you improve the circumstance of the least of our citizens... read more
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May 17, 2014 - 9:12pm Juneteenth Events in Boston, MA – June 16-22, 2014 FREE. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is featuring a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18 at 4pm to 9:45pm. There will be tours, works by local artists and members of the Future Boston Alliance to commemorate the end of slavery in the US. The free admission starts at 4pm. (If you have events going on for your organization, please let us know and we will post them) Juneteenth Events in Massachusetts: Dillaway-Thomas House – Roxbury Heritage State Park June 16-22 USlave Art Exhibit – Juneteenth: A Tribute to our Ancestors June 19 (Thursday) Juneteenth Flag Raising in John Eliot Square June 19 (Thursday) Colored Ladies of the 54th Regiment, Massachusetts Glory Brigade June 22 (Sunday) Juneteenth Film, Video & Play Festival (original works-prizes) for further information call Boston Ben/Ben Haith, National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, 617/445-5445 Franklin Park, Dorchester (rear of the Shattuck Hospital) June 21 (Saturday) - Juneteenth Celebration – Family Picnic – 11am for further information call Evelyn at 617/442-1218, Danny at 617/862-3707 or Roberta at 617/541-9200 Masjid Al Quaran, 35 Intervale Street, Dorchester June... read more
May 16, 2014 - 12:26am Grants & Awards State Farm Student Achievement Program Deadline: June 6 K-12 public school teachers in the United States and select Canadian provinces are invited to apply for YSA's State Farm Student Achievement Program to implement an extended service and learning program in their classroom, school, or school district. Funding of $1,000 for one-classroom, or up to $4,000 for school districts or groups of teachers is provided, as well as training and ongoing consulting from YSA's education experts. Learn more at: www.YSA.org/studentachievement A program introduction webinar for all interested applicants will be held on May 19 at 5:00 PM Eastern. Register at http://bit.ly/1hrqhks National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program Deadline: June 19 The National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program is for young leaders who want to take their campaigns, causes, and service activities to the next level. The year-long program funds and trains youth (ages 16-22) to lead community change. Ambassadors receive a $1,000 project grant and a trip to Washington D.C. for an amazing training program. Fifty-one NCAM Youth Ambassadors will be selected - one per state and... read more
May 15, 2014 - 11:48pm Joe Lynch hosts the show “Greater Somerville,” one of the most popular cable programs on Somerville Community Access Television. oe Lynch hosts the show “Greater Somerville,” one of the most popular cable programs on Somerville Community Access Television. In a recent evening inside a cavernous former bank in downtown Brockton, Manuel Andrade sat down in front of three studio cameras and taped his 782d cable-access show in Creole. Photos: Local cable programs improving That same week, Joe Lynch arrived at a former fire station in Union Square to interview Attorney General Martha Coakley, a gubernatorial candidate, on Somerville Community Access TV. Jenn Adams delivers headlines as news director of Newton News. In the control room for Manuel Endrade 's Cape Verdean show, "Selo Ernestina," are Aaron Thibeault (left) and Walter Delgado, age 15. In Newton, Jenn Adams delivered details of Mayor Setti Warren’s proposed budget as she read from a teleprompter on NewTV. It has been 42 years since a landmark decision by the Federal Communications Commission created public access channels, opening the door to free speech advocates and anyone with the gumption and time to air a TV show for... read more
May 15, 2014 - 11:07pm Worcester City Council hires city manager search firm Worcester City Hall (T&G File Photo/TOM RETTIG) WORCESTER — The search for a new city manager can now begin in earnest. Worcester City Council Hires City Manager Search Firm, a Route Cambridge Failed to Take. Why and for What Reason(s)? After some delay, the City Council Tuesday night pulled the trigger and agreed to hire an executive search firm to assist in its nationwide hunt for a successor to City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. His nine-month contract as the city's chief executive ends Oct. 3. By a unanimous vote, the council approved the recommendation of its Municipal Operations Committee to hire Randi Frank Consulting LLC of Wallingford, Conn. The firm was the low bidder ($23,000) among the three companies that bid on the consulting contract. Ms. Frank, the principal and owner of the consulting firm, has more than 30 years of public sector administration experience and 14 years as a public sector consultant. She has conducted more than 40 executive searches, 30 of which were in New England. Mayor Joseph M. Petty said the consultant has given assurances that it will be able to meet the Oct. 3 deadline the council is... read more
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May 10, 2014 - 9:54am Can Jewel change the public perception of public housing? Some of you may have seen this recent interview with singer-songwriter Jewel, where she explains why she is one of the faces of the Rethink Housing organization (go to 2:30 in the video to skip to her discussion of public housing). To those of us in the affordable housing industry—developers, builders, architects, government partners, investors, lenders, lawyers—we know why the availability of government-subsidized housing is so important to building safe and strong communities. And we already know that public housing isn’t free; it provides necessary support to help struggling single moms and disabled veterans, among other disadvantaged members of our society. We don’t need to hear a celebrity explain this to us or review a website with facts and statistics about the benefits stable housing provides children and families. So, some of us may wonder: what good will it do to have a “celebrity” like Jewel commercializing this effort? Remember, many of us know all of this because we live and work in the affordable housing industry every day—but even some of the most progressive people in the United States still look down on... read more
May 10, 2014 - 8:49am We'll soon be producing formats targeting the mobile market and internet radio, and our one-hour news show will be on public access stations in ... PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Hi. I'm Paul Jay of The Real News Network. Concentration of ownership leads to concentration of political power. An important piece of the structure of this power is a handful of major media and telecom conglomerates that have a monopoly on daily national and, very importantly, local television news. According to a USC Times poll, most people rely on local television for news and information. The same poll found that local newspapers were second choice. Amongst younger people, Facebook was first and local television news was second. It found that African-Americans are more inclined to turn to local television news. While local TV news is influential on the whole, its journalistic standards are extremely low, and according to Pew, 40 percent of its content is sports, traffic, and weather. When it does cover news, it turns tragedy into infotainment. It dehumanizes victims and perpetrators. It shuns historical and social context and avoids seeking effective solutions. If we're to engage in people in solving... read more
May 9, 2014 - 8:55pm US soldiers tour potential training sites in Nigeria in preparation for a new combat training mission, which U.S. Africa Command says is the first non-peacekeeping training U.S. forces have conducted on the continent. WASHINGTON — In a quiet escalation of its mission, U.S. Army’s Africa is preparing to send soldiers and special operations forces to Nigeria to train that nation’s forces for combat operations, a first for the command that traditionally has trained local forces for only peacekeeping missions. A story posted on the US Army’s official website on Friday said the team will arrive in Nigeria to train a newly formed 650-man Ranger battalion by the end of the month with an eye toward fighting the Boko Haram militant group. “It is not peacekeeping — it is every bit of what we call decisive action, meaning those soldiers will go in harm’s way to conduct counterinsurgency operations in their country to defeat a known threat,” said Col. John Ruffing, chief of US Army Africa’s Security Cooperation Division. The small American team, made up of 12 active duty, National Guard and special operators, will deploy for 35 days. The Nigerians requested the training after witnessing... read more
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May 6, 2014 - 8:39pm Peace/ Good Afternoon/ Evening. My Public Comments for 5/5/2014 to Address, On the Table Item 4; Unfinished Business Item 8,10,11,12,13,14,15, and 16: It's almost five months into the new year 2014, and the City of Cambridge,MA/ City Manager, it is safe to say, since April 2014, wants to secure loans in an amount, upwards of $15 Million for miscellaneous purposes. All of these ambitious measures to procure loans by the city manager, reminds one of something similar to what Detroit, MI is currently experiencing, what happened to Enron, and let's not forget Medford, MA. Namely, financial crisis caused by Black Cat/Voodoo accounting and unethical economic practices. Not a dime of this proposed loan money, or any funds from the city treasury, will be designated specifically towards stimulating development of Cambridge's poor population, with opportunities that addresses poverty in the community, and additional poverty reducing programming opportunities. One example of this is how the city continues to pursue, and confer with the Cambridge Arts Council, to determine the types of spaces, that are most needed within the local arts community, with the view of using the Foundry Building,... read more
May 3, 2014 - 5:59pm Last week the Cambridge Chronicles published an articles entitled " Cambridge City Council calls upon residents to be masters of Master Plan." I submitted a comment or reply to it. For readers curiosities, I have include a word for word copy of the my actual submission that appeared in the Cambridge Chronicles, along with a response from a gentle man name Mr. Patrick Barrett III, along with a my reply to Mr. Barrett III. A call went out from City Council for resident to be masters of the Master Plan, the term used here, "residents," I take to mean the inclusion of our poor population too, participating in any designing of a Comprehensive Master Planning. Mr. Barrett seem to think or circumvent the idea of a participation of poor people in the process of building a master plan, he think it represent some type of alien intrusion or invasion. I say he is a wanderer in distraction in his mind, if he thinks that poor people aren't a natural fit,etc, when it comes to the political social make up our local municipal population. It has been so since day one here in Massachusetts and elsewhere,etc.. Mr. Hasson Rashid: At the April 28 City Council meeting, I quote from Mayor Maher "We... read more
May 3, 2014 - 3:06pm Washington, DC – 5/1/14) – Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council proudly released “American Muslims Get… Happy,” a music video set against the backdrop of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The video features American Muslims from all across the United States. Watch: “American Muslims Get… Happy!” The national endeavor was inspired by the wildly popular “Happy British Muslims” video that received more than one million views, and showcased a rainbow of Muslims, young and old, male and female, moving to the catchy universal tune. On the heels of other “Happy” videos which have focused on specific cities or schools, MPAC has created the first video that features Muslims from all over the country, highlighting the rich diversity of American Muslims. The video includes Muslims from Washington, DC, Los Angeles, East Lansing, MI, and Tempe, AZ. Additionally, Congressmen Andre Carson (D-IN) makes a cameo in the video along with other notable American Muslim leaders. Last week, The Washington Post recently covered the filming of the video in Washington, DC, and quoted MPAC’s Director of the Washington, DC Office Haris Tarin as saying, “Since this song has gone viral, we thought, why not... read more
May 2, 2014 - 11:38pm Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) is hosting an Open House and PSA Day on May 5. SCATV has been the public access station in Somerville since 1983. The studio at 90 Union Square will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. for tours and information about how Somerville residents can learn to use HD cameras, create studio TV shows, become a radio DJ, or cover important local stories for Somerville Neighborhood News. Non-profit organizations are invited to come in between noon and 8 p.m. to record a 60-second promotional video, or "PSA," about their services that will air on SCATV Channel 3. Organizations should call the SCATV studio at 617-628-8826 for details about this valuable offer and to schedule a tape time. The PSA is free for organizations that join SCATV. SOURCE: http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/article/20140502/NEWS/140509591 read more
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May 2, 2014 - 12:33am HomeTowne TV in Summit launches membership campaign NJ.com Today, HTTV is recognized as a premier community access TV station serving ... HomeTowne TV's weekly news broadcast features stories from The HomeTowne TV (HTTV) has launched a mail campaign to 8,500 households in the City of Summit, an exciting feat for this growing nonprofit community access television station, to grow its membership and have the ability to provide more informative and engaging programming. With an all volunteer Board of Trustees, and dependent on only volunteers to run the station, HomeTowne TV has grown exponentially in recent years. Under the direction of President and CEO Fred Honold, the station has attracted a unique group of talented, dedicated people from the surrounding towns to revitalize the station. Today, HTTV is recognized as a premier community access TV station serving more than 30 towns, and has been nominated and won several prestigious awards, including Telly Awards, and the JAM Video Award for excellence in programming. A nonprofit local access and award-winning station, HTTV broadcasts via Verizon channel 33 and Comcast channel 36 to Summit, Millburn/Short Hills, Berkeley Heights... read more
May 1, 2014 - 1:51pm The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that honor, and many Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the country. “Things are pretty flat,” said Kathy Washburn of Mount Vernon, Iowa. “You have mostly lower level and high and not a lot in between.” Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality. Although... read more
April 30, 2014 - 8:55am Project Bread - A Fresh Approach to Ending Hunger The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The most excellent charity consists in your satisfying the hungry stomach." On Sunday, May 4th, Muslims Against Hunger is proud to be joining in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. Every May, over 40,000 people walk all or part of a 20-mile course through Greater Boston, earning the pledges they’ve collected to support Project Bread’s fresh approach to ending hunger in our state. Together, we raise awareness of the reality of hunger in our state, make a powerful statement about our shared commitment to help people in need, and, importantly, raise funds that make it possible to develop, fund, and facilitate much-needed programs—programs that interrupt the cycle of food insecurity in our communities, programs that provide hope. By sponsoring any member of the Muslims Against Hunger Team - including yourself, you help change thousands of lives across our state. For many individuals and families across the state, hunger is a very real part of their daily lives. In fact, food insecurity affects the lives of over 700,000 people in the Commonwealth—almost 40% more than before the... read more