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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!

Mon Oct 16 12:51:37 EDT 2017 Mon Oct 16 12:51:37 EDT 2017

Marking A War on Poverty Anniversary

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On October 16, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson swore in Sargent Shriver as the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). In his address that day, President Johnson noted that the goal of the War on Poverty--the motivation for the creation of the OEO--was "to increase...

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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 25 11:37:21 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 25 11:37:21 EDT 2017

Uniting to Overcome Struggles at Home and Abroad

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On March 8, 1965, Sargent Shriver addressed the Arkansas state legislature. At the time, he was the head of both the Peace Corps and the Office of the Economic Opportunity (OEO), which was the federal office that created the War on Poverty programs. As we can see in the quote, Sargent Shriver...

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Mon Sep 18 12:28:15 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 18 12:28:15 EDT 2017

All Riots and Wars Are Related

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This week's quote clearly reflects Sargent Shriver's approach to addressing social issues and diffusing conflict. By the time he spoke these words in 1965, Sarge had gone in his life from being a warrior -- fighting in the South Pacific during World War II -- to being a peacemaker and social...

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Mon Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017 Mon Sep 11 12:17:08 EDT 2017

Serve, serve, serve!

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We remember the lives lost on this day in 2001, and we honor all of those who responded to the violence and destruction by serving others in need. The quote we have chosen...

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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 28 12:28:19 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 28 12:28:19 EDT 2017

Pooling Our Skills for Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver was an attorney by profession. When he created the programs of the War on Poverty in the mid-1960s, he made Legal Services for the Poor one of its cornerstones. And throughout his life, he gave speeches to bar associations around the country. It was not uncommon for Sarge to...

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