Politics

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!

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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Aug 26

Our Interconnectedness

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week speaks to an urgent need we have today: we must acknowledge the fact that we are all connected, and we must find ways to work together to solve problems of global importance. Speaking at the 1997 World Health Organization Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sargent...

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Jul 29

"The Measuring Stick for Our Actions"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that how a leader treats people within a country's borders has a profound impact on how the rest of the world will see that country. It calls attention to the power of leading by example.Taken from the Democratic foreign policy statement that was part Sargent...

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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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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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Feb 04

"There is a Wind Coming"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver describes what he sees as an inflection point in the history of the country. His observation that we, the people, can shape the events during such an inflection point, is what we’d like to focus on this week.Sargent Shriver made these remarks on...

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Jan 07

A Spirit of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We begin 2019 with a Quote of the Week that sets an intention for the year ahead: to work with others in a spirit of cooperation, and with a commitment to our fundamental principles of achieving dignity, justice, and equality for all. From our personal dealings with others to the work that lays...

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Nov 05

The Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is notion that Sargent Shriver embraced with enthusiasm and energy for the people he served throughout his life.In his speech to the New York University Class of 1964, Sargent...

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