Quote of the Week

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 Dec 10 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 10 06:00:00 EST 2018

"The Resources and the Know-how to Eliminate Poverty"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We continue this month’s look at poverty through Sargent Shriver’s eyes with a decisive and optimistic Quote of the Week on the subject. In a statement to the House Education and Labor Committee of the US Congress,[1] Sargent Shriver presented his poverty plan in preparation for a vote on...

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Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018

Be Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the role of Community Action in tackling poverty.  Initially a concept that emphasized local service to empower individuals and families dealing with economic hardship, Community Action was central both for the War on Poverty and for Sargent Shriver, who...

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Mon Nov 26 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 26 06:00:00 EST 2018

Giving Young People a Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With our Quote of the Week, we continue our series about poverty. This week, we focus on one of the pillars of the War on Poverty and one of the great engines and equalizers of our society: education. Sargent Shriver tackled his poverty work in the same way he tackled most things -- with...

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Mon Nov 12 05:19:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 12 05:19:00 EST 2018

From Warrior to Peacemaker

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This past Friday, November 9, we celebrated what would have been Sargent Shriver's 103rd birthday. Then, yesterday on Veterans Day, we honored those who have served in the US military. Taking both of these events into account, our Quote of the Week remembers Sargent Shriver as a warrior who...

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Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018

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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Mon Oct 29 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 29 06:00:00 EDT 2018

The Importance of Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week demonstrates the importance that Sargent Shriver placed on human rights. His powerful message about the sanctity of every human being is timely in a moment where basic protections and respect for people, particularly those considered to be different or "other," are...

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Mon Oct 22 10:48:56 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 22 10:48:56 EDT 2018

Focusing on the Issues that Matter

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a fiery speech given one week before the 1974 midterms, Sargent Shriver laid out what he saw as the issues that mattered most in the election. By placing importance on subjects that affected the daily lives of citizens, and by stressing the need for "truth telling," Sargent Shriver...

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Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018

"The Responsibility of the Press"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of journalists. It suggests that, at their best, journalists provide a public service -- to communicate stories that affect the well being of society.Speaking on the state of education in 1957, Sargent Shriver made the point that comprehensive...

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