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...
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,...
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.”**
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...
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...
June 12, 2014 - 4:53pm
June 12, 2014 - 4:47pm
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...
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...
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.
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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...
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...
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.
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...
June 7, 2014 - 9:20am
Housing Activists Plan Pirate Radio Broadcast From Occupied Dorchester Duplex This Weekend
by Dave Goodman (Staff)
BOSTON/Dorchester – The vacant two family house on Norwell Street in Dorchester stands as a reminder that the foreclosure crisis continues to haunt Boston. But starting on Saturday morning and continuing throughout the weekend, the house will be filled with the sounds of activists and media makers as Jamaica Plain based advocacy organization, City Life/Vida Urbana, occupies the property and commences a pirate radio broadcast of the proceedings.
“It’s actually an interesting play on what it means to occupy space and occupy the airwaves; we’re kind of doing both in one action,” says Mike Leyba, City Life communications coordinator.
"By occupying the space, we’re really laying claim to our community and to our city. And we think the city should be one that has a place for everybody and right now a lot of people are being forced and displaced and that’s just not fair.”
The house, near the corner of Norwell and Athelwold Streets, is owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly referred to as Fannie Mae. According to Leyba, the company has refused offers by...
June 7, 2014 - 8:57am
If you haven't started yet, here are some quick productive Ramadan tips to get you started:
Improve Your Spiritual Productivity this Ramadan
Prepare your Ramadan Dua List
Prepare your Ramadan prayer clothes
Schedule time for Quran recitation
Decide on your 30-day spiritual challenge
Prepare your zakat / sadaqah donation
Learn the rules / fiqh of fasting
Learn the duas of fasting
Improve Your Physical Productivity this Ramadan
Prepare your meal plans during Ramadan
Have a set sleep schedule during Ramadan
Decide on exercises you'll keep up during Ramadan
Improve Your Social Productivity this Ramadan
Work on spiritual productivity and social productivity plans with your family
Get your children excited about Ramadan
Complete Eid-shopping before Ramadan starts
Decide on charities / volunteer groups you'll support
Decide on number of invitations of "Iftar parties" you'll accept / give
Last but not least, it's also really important to decide on your Ramadan goals. If you already have your goals, please tweet them to me! I'd love to hear what all your goals will be.
Pledge your intentions by tweeting your...
June 6, 2014 - 5:42pm
June 5, 2014 - 7:26pm
Seeking Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Hampshire College in Massachusetts
Deadline Open until filled
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time
Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor of social entrepreneurship in the School of Interdisciplinary Art to begin immediately.
We seek a colleague with a record of developing and teaching courses in entrepreneurship that focus on entrepreneurial approaches in a broader social and interdisciplinary context. In addition, the candidate will develop courses, which involve a larger understanding of how social entrepreneurs develop innovative and creative solutions and mobilize available resources to impact the greater global society. The faculty member is expected to conduct research in the field and related areas in entrepreneurship and work in collaboration with the entrepreneurship coordinator to develop programming, curriculum development and outreach activities that involve undergraduate students with the business and non-profit community.
June 4, 2014 - 7:07pm
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 3, 2014 - 9:23pm
Fox 2 News Headlines
A metro Detroit Special Olympics athlete is training for the USA Games, but he's used to being under pressure and in the spotlight. Ryan Gray also hosts his own tv show.
"The hardest part about being a host, Deena, is thinking about the questions. The questions, right, making sure we adapt the questions to our guests," he says.
Ryan, 33, always dreamed of being an investigative reporter, so he took a class and eventually asked to host a community access TV show with his buddies, David and Erin.
Now, once a month, he and his peers produce "Community Corner" at Lake Orion's public access TV station.
Seventy-seven shows later, they've learned as much as they've taught.
"I think they teach people who watch their program that they're intelligent, they're witty; they're charming; they're funny; and that comes across on their television program and they have opinions that matter," says Joe Johnson from Orion ONTV.
Ryan's mom, Pam Gray thinks that, "it focuses on their abilities and it allows them to see themselves in a great light."
When Ryan isn't honing his TV skills, he's perfecting his swing as he loves golf. Because of that love, he's been selected to represent...
June 3, 2014 - 8:56pm
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White Plains Youth Bureau’s annual youth job fair drew 230 students vying for 130 positions Monday afternoon, June 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, according to its executive director, Frank Williams.
All students chose three jobs that interested them before the job fair. Egypt Cesar, a freshman at Westchester Community College, interviewed for an internship at White Plains Public Access TV.
“I want to be a director, and I interviewed the director for a college project. They said the best way to get into the business is by who you know,” she said.
White Plains Public Access has had interns work part-time jobs at the television station and stay on for years, said Keith Baker, production coordinator for the station. He said one even went on to work for the “Daily Show With John Stewart.”
“It’s good for the kids, it’s good for us,” Jim Kenny, executive director of White Plains Public Access, said.
Cesar said she participated in another Youth Bureau program last October that prepares students to work in retail, which helped her land a season job soon after at Toys R Us.
“The Youth Bureau has a lot of programs to get them this far and get their resume done,” she...
May 30, 2014 - 4:35pm
Social Entrepreneurship – The Social Way To Monetize Your Mission
Posted on May 30, 2014 by Nicola Grace 0
Social Entrepreneurship – The Social Way To Monetize Your Mission
The past five years have seen a huge surge in people seeking greater meaning and purpose to their working life. This surge inturn has given rise to the modern day phenomenon – Social Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship is the act of using a for profit business model to solve some social, planetary or environmental problem. The bottom line is not just measured in profit for the social entrepreneur, it’s measured in terms of the triple bottom line – People, Planet & Prosperity.
Did you know that Millennials are 80% more likely to create a business that will drive social change, than baby boomers who would start a charity or foundation instead of using a for profit business model. Making money by making a difference is the new trend driving a more heart centred economy into existence.
Yet purpose driven people often struggle with money and 50% of businesses fail in their first few years. So being on purpose and using a business model to drive social change doesn’t guarantee your success.
May 28, 2014 - 5:39pm