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 Jan 28 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Jan 28 06:00:00 EST 2019

Strength and Leadership, at Home and Abroad

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver describes how the the US can create a strong, secure environment at home and abroad, to the benefit of communities around the world. His message reminds us that we are all connected and that choosing to uplift each other has ramifications that go well...

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Mon Dec 24 06:43:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 24 06:43:00 EST 2018

Opportunity: a Powerful Word

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

For the final Quote of the Week in our poverty series, we're lingering on a word that was central for Sargent Shriver, and is also relevant for us as 2018 comes to a close: opportunity.It's important to recall that the office Sargent Shriver created for the War on Poverty was called the Office of...

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Mon Dec 17 06:26:24 EST 2018 Mon Dec 17 06:26:24 EST 2018

Addressing the Financial Barriers to Health Care

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a fiery speech to the American Public Health Association, in which Sargent Shriver discusses the importance of making health care available to all citizens, particularly those in poverty. We invite you to read the speech; Sarge's lessons from the War on Poverty...

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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 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...

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