National Campaign to Aid the Poor to Come to Toledo

by Sam Melden

“We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist,” reads one of the national campaign’s principles. “Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.”

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National campaign to aid the poor to come to Toledo

National campaign to aid the poor to come to Toledo

by Sam Melden

"...That Tuesday’s training sessions will occur just a day before the 50th anniversary of Reverend King’s assassination is not lost on local coordinators, said Sam Melden, who ran for Toledo City Council in 2017.

'We believe that people should not live in or die from poverty in the richest nation ever to exist,' reads one of the national campaign’s principles. 'Blaming the poor and claiming that the United States does not have an abundance of resources to overcome poverty are false narratives used to perpetuate economic exploitation, exclusion, and deep inequality.'

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Komives, Ludeman, Melden, Narvaez, Phillips, and Spang for city council

by Sam Melden

“...so would Sam Melden, also 33, who has been the most visible, imaginative, and articulate rising star in civic leadership for some years now.

Mr. Melden is a font of ideas. He also has the capacity to bring together people who don’t talk to each other much or don’t even know each other — from old labor leaders to CEOs.”


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Komives, Ludeman, Melden, Narvaez, Phillips, and Spang for city council

PUT NEIGHBORHOODS BACK AT CENTER OF DEBATE

by Sam Melden

"As city council hopeful Sam Melden recently pointed out, there is an uncomfortable distance between downtown dreams and neighborhood realities.

Mr. Melden has called for the city to develop a 20-year plan for neighborhoods, which is a solid idea: Copy the successful planning model that has helped revive Toledo’s business and entertainment districts to boost the parts of the city where most people actually live."

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PUT NEIGHBORHOODS BACK AT CENTER OF DEBATE

Toledo council candidates interact in Blade forum

by Sam Melden

"Sam Melden, an endorsed Democrat, called for a more uniform way of organizing neighborhoods to promote neighborliness, possibly through something he called a 'neighbor institute.'

'How do we begin to collaborate with all the neighbors to build up what I call the art of neighboring, get people on out their front porch and meeting their neighbors,' he said, adding that the revitalization of downtown is not being felt in the neighborhoods."

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Toledo council candidates interact in Blade forum

Toledo council candidate calls for park improvements

by Sam Melden

"'We have to do better for our young families in the city of Toledo. If we want to keep young families here in the city, we have to give them a reason to stay,' he said. 'Our city parks should be a safe place where kids can play and parents can know that they aren’t going to learn how to spell words they shouldn’t be spelling.'

Mr. Melden said city officials need to pay more attention to details and respond to community needs, something he said hasn’t happened when citizens called to complain about the profanity. He pledged to do better if elected."

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Toledo council candidate calls for park improvements

Sam Melden has aggressive agenda for himself

by Sam Melden

"Sam Melden has set an aggressive agenda for himself if he's elected to Toledo City Council — including an initiative to train hundreds of Toledo residents to administer an overdose-reversal drug, moving the municipal salt piles, making the city more bike-friendly, and engaging young people more in decision-making – but he put drinking water safety at the top of his priority list.

'Water has been, and continues to be, the number one issue for our city and the region as a whole,' Mr. Melden, 33, said."


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Council candidate warns that algae threatens children's water play

by Sam Melden

"'We have families living near the water where the parents grew up playing in the water, enjoying the water all summer long, who now as parents won’t let their kids play in the water past July 4th,' Mr. Melden said.

He alluded to a report in The Blade Thursday in which local business leaders didn’t expect a big economic impact from the green slime that cover the water during the heat wave that ended this week.

'There is something else at risk, and that is our children’s childhood experience,' said Melden, who is the father of three small children."

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Council candidate warns that algae threatens children's water play

Architects' annual political forum focuses on council candidates

by Sam Melden

"Endorsed Democrat Sam Melden, a challenger, warned of the loss of creative young business entrepreneurs if Toledo fails to adopt best practices.

'If we are afraid of taking best practices from other cities, other cities are going to take the best people from Toledo,' Mr. Melden said. 'If we don't give them a voice, what incentive do they have to stay here?'”

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Architects' annual political forum focuses on council candidates

2 council hopefuls seek input on city

by Sam Melden

"Two youthful candidates for at-large Toledo City Council seats want to engage 20 and 30-year-olds in the development of a long-range plan for Toledo.

Involving those who will be most affected by the city’s future will make them 'feel more involved, and have ownership in the plan,' Sam Melden, 34, said Tuesday after a brief news conference in the Brim House lobby at the Renaissance Hotel downtown."


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