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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 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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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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Mon Aug 07 12:56:43 EDT 2017 Mon Aug 07 12:56:43 EDT 2017

The Media and Public Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a 1957 speech he gave as the head of Chicago's Board of Education, Sargent Shriver reminds us of the responsibility that our leaders have in keeping the public aware of their actions, and of the crucial role that the media play in keeping the public informed. Long before the Internet, 24-hour...

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