War on Poverty

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...

READ MORE >

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...

READ MORE >

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...

READ MORE >

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...

READ MORE >

Mon Sep 10 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Sep 10 06:00:00 EDT 2018

Democracy and Local Government

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shows Sargent Shriver's awareness of the diversity of the communities that make up the United States, and his profound belief in the right to self-determination.In a speech given during his tenure as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (the administrative office...

READ MORE >

Mon Aug 20 11:41:04 EDT 2018 Mon Aug 20 11:41:04 EDT 2018

Opening Opportunity to All

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On August 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a bill to create the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Sargent Shriver led the office, fulfilling Johnson's pledge to wage a so-called "War on Poverty". Our Quote of the Week, taken from Sarge's 1964  Address...

READ MORE >

Mon Aug 13 11:37:11 EDT 2018 Mon Aug 13 11:37:11 EDT 2018

On Failure

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week gives us an insight into Sargent Shriver's notion of failure, which, by implication, also gives us a view into his definition of success. Sarge said these words while he was leading both the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty, two major presidential initiatives (the first of...

READ MORE >

Mon Aug 06 11:48:40 EDT 2018 Mon Aug 06 11:48:40 EDT 2018

Opportunity, Citizenship, Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is emblematic of the fundamental principles behind the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver believed that although we may differ in our cultures, lifestyles, and economic status, all of us are equally deserving of dignity and justice, all of us have the right to be empowered and...

READ MORE >