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!

Nov 12

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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Sep 10

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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Aug 20

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...

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Aug 13

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...

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Aug 06

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...

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Jan 15

Creating "an America Free of Racism, Hunger, and Despair"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This week we mark two notable anniversaries. Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday. And on Thursday we mark the loss of Sargent Shriver, who passed away on January 18, 2011. Both worked tirelessly to achieve justice and equality for all Americans....

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Jan 08

Alleviating Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty" in his first State of the Union address. In this week's quote, Sargent Shriver brings us a very important message from that era, which is that the United States has the means to tackle poverty....

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Dec 11

On Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On December 10, the world celebrated Human Rights Day in observance of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We think this is the perfect occasion to remember Sargent Shriver's contributions in this area. We invite you to read Sarge's Speech at the University of Notre Dame...

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