War on Poverty

On our blog, 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 Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Aug 23

We Can Eliminate Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 57th anniversary of the passing of the Economic Opportunity Act (August 20, 1964), the legislation that officially launched the War on Poverty. It captures a watershed moment in our history, when a collective belief that we could eliminate poverty gave us enough...

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Jul 19

What We Truly Can't Afford

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the fact that we cannot afford to have a society in which many have no access to the economic opportunities that others of us enjoy and take for granted.Sargent Shriver gave this Address to the YMCA in April of 1964, while he was Director of Peace...

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Jun 14

Poverty is "a disaster as ruinous as a tornado"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that poverty must be tackled with intention and with urgency. As millions continue to struggle because the fallout from COVID-19, we must ensure that our systems protect those who are in danger of falling into poverty -- and we must support programs and...

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Feb 01

Remembering a War on Poverty Milestone

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the day we mark the 57th anniversary of the day on which President Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty, our Quote of the Week reminds us of the combination of idealism and pragmatism that Shriver brought to the effort.This week's quote is from the Boston College...

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Dec 14

Justice = Safety

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that ensuring people's physical safety is an important component of justice in a stable and caring society.In 1974, Sargent Shriver gave a speech at Wake Forest University on the topic of "The Injustice of Justice in America". An attorney by profession,...

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Nov 23

Abundance and Deprivation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we approach Thanksgiving, Our Quote of the Week reminds us that while some of us enjoy the privileges of material abundance and economic stability, too many of us struggle to acquire even the basics to sustain life. This is especially important to remember as the economic distress caused by...

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Nov 16

"The challenge before America today ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that unless we place the welfare of humanity above all else, in our politics, commerce, and in all of our systems, we are prioritizing the wrong things. In his fiery and engaging 1967 Address at the University of California, Sargent Shriver quoted...

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Oct 19

Health Care and Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the fundamental importance of making health care available for all of us, particularly for those dealing with poverty. Sargent Shriver’s words on this topic are particularly relevant as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as with continued...

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