Peacebuilding

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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!

Tue Feb 20 13:29:37 EST 2018 Tue Feb 20 13:29:37 EST 2018

Confronting Our Impulse Toward Violence

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We chose our Quote of the Week because we were looking to Sargent Shriver for insights about the violence we inflict on each other in this country. The senseless violence of mass shootings; the violent killings of unarmed citizens, and particularly of young, black men at the hands of police...

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Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017 Mon Dec 11 16:19:14 EST 2017

On Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On December 10, the world celebrated Human Rights Day in observance of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We think this is the perfect occasion to remember Sargent Shriver's contributions in this area. We invite you to read Sarge's Speech at the University of Notre Dame...

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Mon Nov 06 10:04:25 EST 2017 Mon Nov 06 10:04:25 EST 2017

Peace Needs You

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver approached all of his work, whether in education, civil rights, diplomacy, poverty, or justice, as acts of peacebuilding. This week we’re sharing a simple message from Sarge about building peace. We hope that all of you who are seeing it will take it to heart and pass it along....

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Mon Oct 09 12:16:12 EDT 2017 Mon Oct 09 12:16:12 EDT 2017

Getting Back to Basics in the Nuclear Age

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In the 1970s and 1980s, Sargent Shriver was actively engaged in de-escalating the threat posed by the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. He was therefore well-versed in peacebuilding in the nuclear age. The principles that Sarge focused on in these years were much...

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Mon Oct 02 11:47:21 EDT 2017 Mon Oct 02 11:47:21 EDT 2017

Peace for the Long Term

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This morning we woke up as many of you did to the devastating news about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is always difficult to know what to say in the face of senseless violence. We turn, therefore, to a very simple reminder of Sargent Shriver's: that each of us has a role in creating...

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Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 04 08:31:30 EDT 2017

A Time for "New Levels of International Effort"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a speech about the ethics of science and technology that Sargent Shriver gave during a 1975 lecture tour in the former Soviet Union. Using his typical combination of warmth and strength, Sarge asserted that to truly resolve the complex problems of the modern world,...

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Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 21 11:33:37 EDT 2017

Interconnectedness

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Speaking at the World Health Organization Conference, Sargent Shriver stressed the importance of collaboration when addressing the worldwide problems of ill health and poverty -- two related issues that know no borders. It is in this context that he reminded the audience of humanity's...

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Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 14 10:22:00 EDT 2017

White Supremacy Undermines Our Strength

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In the late 1950s, Sargent Shriver was the head of the Chicago Board of Education as well as the Catholic Interracial Council, an organization that focused on desegregation in schools. It was while serving these two organizations that Sarge spoke these words.Events such as this weekend's white...

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