Citizenship

Our blog is the place 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Jul 15

Engaged Citizenship

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week calls on us to examine the meaning of citizenship and engaged, productive participation in our democracy. It comes from a speech that Sargent Shriver delivered at the American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Suresnes, only weeks after being sworn in as US Ambassador to...

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Jul 08

"Go Forth and Conquer the World"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With our Quote of the Week, we convey a simple message to all who are looking around and wondering how they can engage with the world around them to make a positive difference. Sarge's message to us is to look within, use the tools we have, and start from where are in order to create "a more...

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Jun 24

"A Net Beneath Which We Will Not Let One Another Fall"

Our Quote of the Week expresses, rather poetically, Sargent Shriver's vision of the social safety net. It also encapsulates how he saw the nature of citizenship: that as citizens, we must be aware that we are all connected to one another, and that we therefore have a responsibility to give those...

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Jun 10

Our Technology ...

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a concern many of us share: that technology is developing at a speed that does not always allow us to use it in ways that honor our humanity, our dignity, and our fragility. To be sure, the technological advancements we have seen over the past 50 years are...

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Jun 03

Focused Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a stark reminder that to have a political system that functions for the people, we must elect leaders who focus on serving the people. Of course, this statement implies that we too have a role: by being engaged citizens, by being involved in the political process, we can...

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May 13

The Values of Citizenship

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week states some of the values necessary for dedicated citizenship, according to Sargent Shriver. By protecting everyone within a nation's borders, citizens and immigrants alike, while keeping an open mind and ensuring we collaborate with those outside our borders, we can embody...

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Apr 22

A Life of Overwhelming Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With millions of our Christian and Jewish sisters and brothers celebrating Easter and Passover this past weekend, our Quote of the Week is a message of love that reflects the spirit of joy and renewal of the season. The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that have taken hundreds of lives and affected...

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Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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