Hasson Rashid's Responses to Two Recent "Cambridge Day" Articles."

Hasson Rashid's Responses to Two Recent "Cambridge Day" Articles."

Exclusion of the Homeless, Environmental Discrimination, Blind Arrogance, Lack of Political Will, No Homeless Social Environment,Etc.

  • Posted on: 20 July 2018

Peace Be Unto You;

Just this past week two articles appeared in the "Cambridge Day" online local news outlet. "With data showing racial divide in housing, issue of discrimination due for examination."
By Sue Reinert," it appeared online on Sunday, July 15, 2018. The second article was "Cambridge settles with organizers of protest; new policy waives some fees for public safety," By Marc Levy it appeared online in the Cambridge day on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I offered and provided a public comment in response to both article. In this posting I will offer both of my comments, a response to the two articles mention above.

COMMENT #1: Hasson Rashid's response to the "Cambridge Day" article "With data showing racial divide in housing, issue of discrimination due for examination."By Sue Reinert ( http://www.cambridgeday.com/2018/07/15/with-data-showing-racial-divide-i....)" It appeared in the "Cambridge Day" on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Peace Be Unto You,

I spoke out on this issue of Fair Housing and Discrimination that evening during the public comment period of June 25th, 2018 City Council meeting. The text of my comment that evening is as follows:

Peace Be Unto You,

Hello Everybody, I’m Hasson Rashid, I reside at 820 Massachusetts Avenue, My public comment is on CMA Agenda Item# 11,12, and any other agenda items that directly or indirectly pertains to Homelessness.

The transmission of the proposed amendments to two ordinances at the request of the Executive Director of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission (CHRC), under Chapter 2.76 of the Cambridge Municipal Code (the “Human Rights Ordinance,” and Chapter 14.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code (the “Fair Housing Ordinance”), for and by the City Manager, is being rendered prematurely, as long as homelessness is being locked out or excluded, from official consideration of being a Protected Class here in Cambridge. These two amendments do nothing to help homeless people get help when they need it. If enacted the homeless will still be denied help when they try to file a “Fair Housing Discriminatory Complaint,” etc., with the CHRC mainly for being homeless. In the past the CHRC has denied help because the homeless are not a government or federally protected class.

I have approached the city several times in the past to make Homelessness a Protected Class, here at City Council Meetings. Around July 28, 2015 I gave testimony at a Joint Committee on Housing Public Hearing at the State House, relating to Making Homelessness a Protected Class. On or around March, 12, 19; January 23, 25 2017, I did the same here in the City Council Chambers, on or around October 26,2017, I submitted a Proposal Letter and Petition to the City Council to make Homelessness a Protected Class, as of yet I haven’t received any feedback or response from our municipal policy makers concerning this. The Proposal Letters and Petitions submissions, I guest are still setting on the desks of our municipal policy makers gathering dust, if they haven’t all ready undergone a trashing of my efforts, just like I assume my proposal and petition, for a Homeless Trust Fund and Advisory Tasked Force has been negated.

Finally, these two proposed amendments if officially realized or not are part and parcel, of the wide spread exclusion of the homeless existing in Cambridge’s Housing, Employment Arenas, etc., especially in how they circumvent any specific mention or participation of certain element of the homeless mosaic and sector, and their universal human rights not to be discriminated against in any way, form, or fashion. The City of Cambridge is losing a lot of money not having its act adequately together when it pertains to the legitimate rights of the local homelessness segment of the community. Piecemeal and Tokenism of and for the local homeless sector and mosaic won’t do.

This current municipal administration should wake up and get its homeless act to gather, while there is still time to do so. Specific homelessness proposals and amendments, to the Human Rights Ordinance and the Fair Housing Ordinances, are part of the way to do so, but the rest depends on the strength of the collective “Political Will” of our municipal policy makers, to cross the stream with the homeless, and not turn back for any reasons. Thank You.


Yours In Peace, Mr. Hasson J. Rashid
Cambridge, MA/ June 25, 2018

One can find only piece meal or token concerns as plans for addressing and ending homelessness in previous city council budgets. The need is for permanent housing solutions for the homeless to be financed over the long run. Nothing concrete is done or included to address environmental discrimination, social exclusion and poverty as it all relates to homelessness here in Cambridge,MA. Homelessness has officially increased 6% from last year. That should tell you all something about the last city budget periods.

Cambridge is failing in providing the long range permanent supportive housing that it’s homeless mosaic needs.Its amounting to environmental injustice.The budget is contributing to discrimination of the homeless, as it pertains to their social condition, or depravity of the homeless social environment.

Every individual in the City of Cambridge should be equal before and under municipal law, and have the rights to equal protection and equal benefits of the law, without discrimination. Unfortunately the 2019 budget doesn’t address adequately the needs for all of Cambridge’s current and future homeless citizens.


Yours In Peace, Mr. Hasson J. Rashid
Cambridge, MA

COMMENT#2: Hasson Rashid's response to the "Cambridge Day" article "Cambridge settles with organizers of protest; new policy waives some fees for public safety ( http://www.cambridgeday.com/2018/07/19/cambridge-settles-with-organizers...)," By Marc Levy it appeared online in the Cambridge day on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Response to "Cambridge settles with organizers of protest; new policy waives some fees for public safety,"Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm.

Peace Be Unto You,

I take time now to congratulate and thank the Organizers of the Women’s March, and all those who participated in it, for their successful victory over the City of Cambridge, MA. For over 30 years the municipal policy makers in Cambridge, MA have been affected with Blind Arrogance when it comes to the common sector and mosaic, of people when it came to respecting their legitimate rights. All sorts of unnatural barriers has been and still, are being erected to prevent serving the people their legitimate rights. Look at and take, for example the case of Ms. Malvina Monteiro, because she had the courage to stand up for what was right and call, the city out on its conduct. It was the same type of blind arrogance that was preventing her from having her legitimate legal, etc.,rights respected by the then municipal policy makers,etc., of Cambridge,MA.

A diehard element of this blind arrogant element still exist today at Cambridge’s City Hall, look at this recent ACLU settlement between the Women Marchers and the City of Cambridge, that diehard Blinded Arrogance once again arose and tried to defy and and defeat the the truth.

I write from experience in facing a diehard municipal form of blind arrogance, a shadow of the same barriers the Women Marchers and Ms. Monteiro face attempting to have their rights respected. For months now I have been urging the city municipal policy makers to be receptive to projects i presented to them, that will help to eliminate and eradicated homelessness in Cambridge,MA. Projects such as a Homeless Trust Fund, New Pilot Curriculum Linking Homelessness with Poverty, Making Homelessness a Protected Class, Permanent Supportive Homeless Housing at the abandon Foundry Building, Sullivan Court House, and Volpe Center Properties. But, currently Blind Arrogance is up and running and doing will erecting barriers to these proposed projects here in Cambridge,MA. at City Hall.

I praise and relish, the victories of the Women Marchers and accompanying Protesters and Ms. Monteiro in their victories over blind arrogance. These victories are living proof that municipal blind arrogance can be removed, and one day, if it God’s Will, these barriers to ending and eradicating, homelessness in Cambridge,MA will also be remove out of the way forever.

Congratulation once again for the hard earned victories of the innocent citizens and residents of Cambridge,MA.

Yours In Peace,
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid

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Yours In Peace
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid
Board Member Cambridge Continuum of Crae (CoC).
Board Member The Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT).
Producer and Host CCTV's Human Service News and Information TV Program
Citizen Journalist (Cambridge, MA Area).
Human Service and legislative Advocate
Homelessness Advocate