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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!

Nov 29

Standing as an Advocate, at Home and Abroad

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we cannot be credible advocates for others abroad unless we treat our own people with humanity.This week's quote comes from the 1974 Speech at the University of Notre Dame on Civil & Human Rights. Avid followers of the Quote of the Week will remember that...

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Nov 22

Celebrating, with Gratitude

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses love and gratitude for life, and emphasizes the reverence with which we must protect each other. We couldn’t think of a more relevant message for Thanksgiving 2022.Sargent Shriver gave a joyous but rather unusual speech on the occasion of his mother’s birthday in...

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Nov 08

What Democracy Means

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes clear that democracy is a high-stakes, people-powered enterprise. This is  an important reminder as Election Day draws to a close and we prepare to process the results of the midterms.Sargent Shriver spoke these words on the day he ended his Presidential campaign...

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Nov 01

"The new problems which should be challenging our imagination"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a prescient observation about the priorities for preserving our collective well-being. And it underlines a truth that we can no longer afford to ignore: to overcome our global challenges, nations must work together.In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave this Speech to the...

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Oct 25

"Dignity and opportunity and first class citizenship"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is emblematic of the fundamental principles behind the War on Poverty: that all of us are equally deserving of dignity and justice, all of us have the right to be empowered and to fully participate as citizens in our society – all while living life on our own terms.Sargent...

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Oct 17

Transforming Leadership in America

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week invites us to reflect on the nature of leadership. It reminds us of two things: that there is a need to elevate new and diverse voices and approaches to leadership; and that within our system, winning an election and governing require two different skill sets, one of which...

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Oct 11

"The Peace Corps is ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week encapsulates Sargent Shriver’s ambitious vision for the Peace Corps,  that it should contribute to the elimination of the scourges of humanity around the world – poverty, hunger, ignorance and disease. In 1962, Sargent Shriver found himself at a Puerto...

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Oct 04

Butter or Guns?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recalls the “butter or guns” debate, which refers to the federal government’s weighing of options between funding social programs (“butter”) or military spending (“guns”). Sargent Shriver suggests that choosing “guns” over “butter” can in and of itself result in violence, as...

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