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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July 15, 2014 - 9:14pm New TV Studios For Springfield Public Access Programmers Public access television—famously skewered on Saturday Night Live and elsewhere—is no joke in one western Massachusetts When the newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television officially unveiled a brand new $1 million state-of-the-art programming facility on the ground floor of one of the city’s most historic buildings, dozens of local dignitaries took part in the grand opening. The region’s Congressman and the city’s mayor helped cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the 7,000- square foot center from which three public access channels originate. Congressman Richard Neal lauded public access television as a vital part of participatory democracy. " The emphasis is on the term community and that means hearing and airing all sorts of opinions. In the time of the 24-hour news cycle having longer conversations about events would be a good idea for all of us." The new public access television hub includes professional grade digital video and audio equipment, five editing suites, a modern control room, a “green room” for guests, and a studio with space to seat up to 100 people for performances, town hall-style meetings or... read more
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July 2, 2014 - 7:41pm Invite: Passing the Baton - The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice Center for American Progress Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM Reply-To: Center for American Progress Passing the Baton The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice July 10, 2014, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET RSVP Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast Opening remarks: Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress Featured speakers: Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP Carmen Berkley, Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Director, AFL-CIO Nikki Lewis, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice-DC Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian American Community Development Moderator: Melissa Boteach, Vice President of Half in Ten and Poverty to Prosperity, Center for American Progress The landmark Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. Just a year after the Civil Rights Act passed, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously remarked, “What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger?” Activists have always understood the movement to be about social and economic justice. Yet, despite great... read more
June 26, 2014 - 7:01pm Please help in the circulation of this important Petition. A copy of the Petition can be found as an attachments to this posting. Please make copies, and circulated them within your various sphere of influences. Once they are completed you can drop them off in person,etc., at the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) office, for Mr. Hasson J. Rashid. The ACT office workers will be elated at the degree and quality, of your sensitivities toward, a less fortunate human element (The Homeless)of our local population. ACT contact information is as follows: Alliance of Cambridge Tenants 135 Prospect Street Basement Cambridge, MA 02139tenants@earthlink.net 617-499-7031 Tell the office workers at the ACT office, that the signed and completed, petitions are for Mr. Hasson Rashid. A lot of signatures are need to help address this urgent matter. More detailed information can be found as attachments, that will update you all concerning the urgency of this matter, and in what ways, it relates to our area's homelessness population. Hopefully, this Petition will be instrumental in securing a safe and healthy, place for our local homelessness population, and all the human services, they are in need... read more
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June 20, 2014 - 5:44pm The Cambridge Community Preservation Act Committee held a community meeting last evening(6/19/20140 to hear project proposals, from members of the community, for possible CPA Funding opportunities. I presented a project proposal on behalf of the Committee to Restore Bread and Jams, and the valuable human services that were lost, due the closing of the "Bread and Jams Self help Day Shelter," in March 2014, at the Swedenborg Church. I have posted a copy of the speech here on the CCTV Blog. If you would like to help start and circulate, a Petition to Restore the Service lost to the local community of Homeless person in Cambridge, and send it or mail it to the contact information you find in this posting. COMMITTEE TO RESTORE BREAD AND JAMS; PROJECT RECOMMENDATION FOR COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT EVALUATION PROCESS: The Community Preservation Act’s project recommendations covers a broad programmatic area of evaluations. I’m recommending a project for CPA evaluation and funding, that will restore valuable service to those experiencing homelessness in the Cambridge region, so that the program can continue to provide invaluable outreach in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bread & Jams Self... read more
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June 18, 2014 - 10:59am A Replica of Richard C. Rossi’s Letter to the City Council, dated June 9, 2014, Concerning Possible Uses of the Foundry Building. To the Honorable, City Council: In response to A waiting report item Number 14-18 regarding report on determining the legal and regulatory process to collaborate with the Cambridge redevelopment authority, companies in the private sector and/ or donors hat are provided you the following update: Currently, the City is continuing to identify principles regarding programming, financing and operations for the Foundry building redevelopment through community input, discussions among city staff, and other engaged parties, as well as work with the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) to explore strategies for collaboration. A community meeting regarding the Foundry Building is tentatively scheduled for June 24Th 2014. The City has committed to using $6 million to proceed with initial capital improvements to the building to address code and accessibility requirements, sprinkler and plumbing system updates, and walls and insulation updates. PROJECT PHASES AND TIMELINE Based on similar examples, the complete redevelopment process for the Foundry building... read more
June 17, 2014 - 9:53pm Peace Be Unto You: During the Public Comment Period of Monday's City Council Meeting, I had to end my presentation to to a three minuets time constrain, it didn't seem as three minuets had pass, but my comment ended. i posting my public comment in it's entirety. The unfinished part begins with my comment on the Designated Cultural District Calendar, On the Table. Item # 3; Policy Order Item# 2; Policy Order Resolution, Awaiting report Committee Reports Item # 1: When I reflect back on the recent graduation ceremony at Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School, and the Awarding of Ms. Charlene Holmes with an honorary degree, the victim of a drive-by shooting in Cambridge in 2012 , I can’t help but frown on the way the investigation is going to apprehended the killer or killers. It a shame the way our city’s law enforcement agency, those who are responsible for this case, has been slow to come up with any solid leads or results in their investigation. The investigation definitely needs to be stepped up. That is one of the reasoned I support Council member Simmons Policy Order # 2, to urge the Massachusetts State Legislature to pass Bill H. 4121, An Act Relative To the Reduction... read more
June 15, 2014 - 11:25pm As-Salaam-Alaikum/ Ramadan Mubarak (Peace Be Unto You/ Happy Ramadan), In September of 2012 I submitted a letter (see Attachments) to Cambridge City Council and other municipal authorities, to be added to the agenda. My request was for the establishment of an office of a Muslim Chaplaincy (See Attachments) at city hall. Unfortunately there was no reply forth coming in response, to my request from the city's municipal authorities. On June 6, 2013 the local and regional, media published a story relating and highlighting, the commissioning of five local clergy members as chaplains (See Attachments) of the police department. It was an atrocious tragedy that the appointments and commissioning, were of a Ecumenical nature. That is, they were all from different Christian denominations, therefore depriving any of Cambridge's other religious entities, the opportunity to serve our cities municipal needs in the capacities of spiritual and pastoral care giving. Personally, I feel that denial and negation, of a response to my initial request to form an office of Muslim Chaplaincy, year earlier, an outright act of discrimination, and a shade of bigotry. Was the city's decisions to go ahead,... read more
June 15, 2014 - 8:11pm Islam often discusses the value and importance of Mothers. In fact, Rasulullah (s) has stated several Hadith in regards to the superiority of Mothers. Islam recognizes that Mothers bare the burden of pregnancy, undergo birth pains in delivering the baby, and sacrifices her own comforts to provide comfort to her children. However, it is important to note that the role of a father is also highly recognized in Islam. It is said that “God’s pleasure is in the pleasure of the father, and God’s displeasure is in the displeasure of the father.” Fathers are significant because they are commanded by Allah (swt) to work hard to provide the physical, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs of a child. ‘Ali ibn al-Husain (r) is reported to have said, “The right of your father on you is that you should know that it is he who brought you into existence, and you are a branch of the tree of his life.”** Dear Readers, Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers in the world. Fathers Day is a celebration of Fatherhood. Today, I salute all those great great fathers who’ve helped their daughters in their war against eating disorder. According to an article from Family and Consumer... read more
June 12, 2014 - 9:02pm YSA is recruiting nonprofits to serve as Lead Agencies for Global Youth Service Day 2015 (April 17-19, 2015). The Lead Agency program offers organizations the funding up to $3,000, official designation, capacity-building training, and ongoing consultancy to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events for GYSD. Learn more and apply by July 31 at www.YSA.org/GYSDLeads2015 News From The Field Summer of Service Project Idea: Cookout for No Kid Hungry Summer is an amazing season. There are longer days and more hours of sunshine to spend outside with friends. This summer, as you celebrate warm afternoons and evenings, you can help end childhood hunger at the same time by dedicating your gathering to No Kid Hungry. Invite everyone you know to join your cookout and donate to help end childhood hunger in America. Get started at www.nokidhungry.org/cookout Join YSA at the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta Next week, Points of Light will convene the 2014 Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta. If you're going to be at the conference, you're invited to join YSA for two events: a Youth Service and Leadership Field... read more
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June 11, 2014 - 8:21am As-Salaam-Alaaikum (Peace Be Unto You), June 9, 2014Kareem Elsayed MuslimMasjid selat melaka. Photo by Davidlohr Bueso: flickr[dot]com/photos/daverugby83/ Some believe Ramadan is special simply because it contains a night that is greater than 1,000 months, but what makes that night so great? The truth is, during that night the qadar (decree) for the coming year is sent down from the preserved tablet. As Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says what can be translated as: “On that night is made distinct every precise matter” [Qur'an: Chapter 44, Verse 4], and more famously: “The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.” [Qur'an: Chapter 97, Verse 4]. Did you know that there is something you can do to change that qadar in its vulnerable state as it descends from the heavens? Yes, it is the power of dua! As the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) mentioned: “Nothing could change the Qadar except dua” [Sahih al-Jami']. And in another hadith, he ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Dua benefits in the things that have happened as well as... read more
June 9, 2014 - 4:48pm Peace B Unto You, Where were Cambridge’s Black American Leadership, the guardians and protectors of the local poor Black American Community, and other poor minority members, during the Citywide Neighborhood Summit, held on June 7, at 2:30 to 6:30pm, at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave. (central Square).There was a vacuum in representation from members of the poor Black American Community that evening. For certain as members of the Cambridge Resident Alliance (CRA) attempted to present a false image of a collected community spirit on the issues and priorities, that faces all residents of Cambridge, MA. Nothing was covered that had meaning for the poor, homeless, and especially the poor Black Community here in Cambridge. The poor minorities were highly underrepresented at this event., that supposedly to be held for resident from different parts of the city to share their concerns and priorities, for protecting the quality of life for all residents of Cambridge, MA. That afternoon the CRA once again demonstrated an agenda that is out of touch with the legitimate aspirations of Cambridge’s poor community, who’s lives always fringes on the borderlines of poverty, and... read more
June 8, 2014 - 9:11pm Last year, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for protecting herself against her abusive husband. This image shows just how important this campaign really is. Thus far this photo has inspired 147 signatures and was shared 592 times Please help us continue to spread the word about this campaign by sharing this photo with your friends and family today. Photo posted as a reason to Pardon Marissa Alexander, 95,649 people have helped this campaign. James Williams campaign leader.This is not justice. #FreeMarissaNow. How you can help,Signed the petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida State Legislature Please share a reason why others should support this campaign and ask friends and supporters to sign with you. Read more about the petition 25,766 signed the petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Angela Corey is trying create a reputation of being tough on criminals, so this spring she's abusing her power in an attempt to put Marissa Alexander behind bars. In Florida, the average sentence for a man who kills his female partner is 2-6 years. Marissa Alexander, who never hurt anyone is facing 60 years in prison for using warning shot to protect herself and her... read more
June 7, 2014 - 10:24am Peace Be Unto You The mare fact that this General Fund Budget for the City of Cambridge for fiscal year 2015, in the amount of $488,932,555, is inadequate when it comes to appropriations for addressing Anti-Poverty efforts. There is nothing in it, specifically design for mitigation of the effects of poverty on individuals, families, and the community. Nothing has been specifically provided to Re-Calibrate Cambridge’s failing, 10 year Plan to End Homelessness. Instead millions is going to efforts such as, to build an Art Center at the Foundry Building. Art should never be able to circumvent Poverty as a municipal concern, but yet you prioritize it over the plight of our populations of poor peoples. The city’s budget priorities should definitely highlight how it intends to invest in low income poor citizens, but it doesn’t. This budget can be looked at as a cross between Black Cat Economic Accounting, and Pork Barrel Spending. The city also intends to go into debt, borrowing over 15 million dollars, fine but part of it will not be utilize to reduce poverty and buffer, it’s effects here in Cambridge, MA. In conclusion, we can’t build a thriving city for all residents, unless... read more
June 7, 2014 - 9:58am JET magazine will release its final print issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on Monday, June 9. The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine's iconic history with images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the present. JET is launching a new weekly digital magazine app later this month. The new app, scheduled to launch June 30, will be available on all tablet devices and mobile platforms. It will feature weekly updates on entertainment, sports and news of importance to our readership, as well as enhanced functionality for the Beauty of the Week. June 30 is JET App Day. About JET JET magazine, initially billedJET magazine, initially bill as "The Weekly Negro News Magazine," is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the Civil Rights movement. The publication is now transitioning into an all-digital format. The new weekly digital magazine app will leverage a variety of storytelling tactics, including video interviews, enhanced digital maps, 3D charts and photography from the JPC archives. The magazine has been a trusted news source to Black Americans since... read more