War on Poverty

Our blog is the place 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Oct 07

Remembering the Origins of Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates Head Start, the early childhood education program for children facing difficult economic circumstances. With its holistic approach, Head Start also includes health care and social components, and support and services for parents, all of which vary based on the...

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Sep 30

The Importance of Legal Representation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shines a spotlight on a central aspect of the War on Poverty: the need to provide legal representation and other legal services to anyone who cannot afford them. Indeed, granting everyone equal protections under the law is one of the ways we can work to provide justice for...

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Sep 09

The Importance of Education

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

The issue of education is on our mind as students of all ages settle back into school this month. Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of education while acknowledging some of the most basic and serious challenges that our underfunded public schools face. Sargent Shriver's career in...

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Aug 19

"A New Sense of Community"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is inspired by the relentless attacks on some of the most vulnerable members of our communities across the United States, including the economically disadvantaged, people of color, migrants and refugees (keeping in mind that in many cases our most vulnerable neighbors...

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Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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Feb 25

"The Essence of Love"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a deeply spiritual, deeply human expression of love. It highlights one of the values that defined Sargent Shriver. His love of people and the importance that he placed on being able to empathize with another person's circumstances were defining characteristics that...

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Jan 28

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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Dec 24

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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