Human Rights

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!

Jan 27

The Globalization of Health Problems

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week ties together public health with other critical issues common to our human family: security and economic opportunity. It also makes the point that only international collaboration can allow us to truly tackle these issues in a holistic way.The escalating risks of the...

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Jan 20

For MLK Day: Some Thoughts on Racism, Privilege, and Being an Ally

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week for this Martin Luther King Day zones in on what is at the heart of racism: the desire to feel superior, combined with the fear of being less than. This clash of deep-seated human emotions has fueled racism, white supremacy, and oppression for centuries. Sargent Shriver...

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Jan 13

"Our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the ties that bind our human family. To ignore the suffering of those we think of as "other," particularly when they are far away, may seem like an easy thing to do, but in our interconnected world, the suffering of others will make its way back to us...

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Sep 24

Sarge on Environmental Protection

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week echoes the sentiments of millions around the world who took the streets during Friday’s climate strike and Saturday’s International Day of Peace actions. With the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit yielding great attention but few commitments, we join those millions...

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Sep 09

The Importance of Education

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

The issue of education is on our mind as students of all ages settle back into school this month. Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of education while acknowledging some of the most basic and serious challenges that our underfunded public schools face. Sargent Shriver's career in...

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Sep 02

For Labor Day

Our Quote of the Week marks Labor Day with a call to the humanizing of American life. The quote is as relevant today as it was when Sargent Shriver said these words 47 years ago.In a 1972 speech about the importance of labor, Sargent Shriver addressed American workers. At the time, he was...

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Jun 13

"The Most Important Political Problem"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a prescient observation about the priorities for preserving the well being of humanity in the 21st century. Although he does not use the word, Sargent Shriver's focus here is something that many of us are talking about and working on today: sustainability.In the 1970s,...

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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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