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On our blog, we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Jan 11

"Truthfulness and honesty in public life"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week places emphasis on one of the most important qualities a political leader can have at any time, and particularly in this moment: the ability to tell the truth.This week's quote comes from Sargent Shriver's 1972 Graduation Speech at St. Ignatius, an address he gave while...

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Jan 04

"We will not let one another fall"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our first Quote of the Week for 2021 sets a collective intention for us all: to work for a society in which all of us are cared for when we are in need and are given opportunities to live life to our full potential.In a 1996 Address to the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee,...

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Dec 28

A New Period in Our History

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week may be from 1973, but it expresses a sentiment that we share as we enter 2021: that the new year may usher in a new era of justice, democracy, and strong leadership.Speaking at an event for the Democratic Party of Oklahoma, Sargent Shriver began his remarks by noting the...

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Dec 28

What I Learned from Doing Art in Prison

by John Dukes

John Dukes is a proud New Yorker who represents Southside, Jamaica, Queens wherever he goes. He’s happily married and has three adult children. John, a graduate of Mercy College, is a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform. He is the co-founder of the grassroots organization Speak Ya Truth,...

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Dec 21

"I choose peace"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recognizes our ever-increasing interdependence and anticipates a future in which peace is our only reasonable choice.This week's quote, from Sargent Shriver's 2002 Speech at the National Peace Corps Association's 41st Annual Celebration Dinner, highlights two beliefs that...

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Dec 21

The Performativity of Self Care

by Aisha Sidibe

Aisha Sidibe is a writer of Haitian, Cuban, Ivorian, Malian, and New York heritage. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Hunter College and during her years as adjunct professor at the City University of New York, received praise for her classroom treatment of complex topics, including...

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Dec 14

Justice = Safety

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that ensuring people's physical safety is an important component of justice in a stable and caring society.In 1974, Sargent Shriver gave a speech at Wake Forest University on the topic of "The Injustice of Justice in America". An attorney by profession,...

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Dec 14

Eviction: A Looming Pandemic for Black Americans

by Mary Blair

Mary Blair is a Fulbright alumna and recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied Political Science and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies. Mary completed the Shriver Fellowship for Leadership in Public Service through the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute and the Institute of...

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