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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 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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Sep 27

Maintaining Civil and Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to protect and preserve civil and human rights by developing an ethical and moral understanding of humanity. It is only when we truly respect and appreciate the vulnerabilities and needs of human beings–for dignity, for justice, for peace–that we can work to uphold...

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Sep 20

"Make the World Safe for Democracy"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a reminder of the Peace Corps’ connection to protecting democracy. As we mark the 61st anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps this week, we’re thinking about how we can protect democracy at home and around the world in 2022.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the...

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Sep 12

Reflecting on the Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is a notion that involves every citizen, and that Sargent Shriver embraced with enthusiasm and energy for the people he served throughout his life.In his speech to the New York University Class of 1964, Sargent Shriver...

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