Human Rights

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!

Jul 26

Developing an Environmental Consciousness --Together

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that our industries have developed in ways that undermine nature and that threaten our lives and our environment. It also highlights the fact that to change our reality, we must undertake a large-scale, collaborative international effort.In 1975, Sargent Shriver...

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Jul 05

A "Human Rights View of Society"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week defines the basic characteristics of humans as distinct, spiritual beings capable of love and worthy of having our rights protected from attack. We lift up this fundamental “human rights view of society” in the wake of Independence Day and in a moment in which a series of...

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Apr 26

Every Day is Earth Day

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week stresses the importance of collaboration in ensuring the protection of our environment—and warns of the risks of not acting together on this life-and-death issue. Earth Day 2022 may have come and gone, but the protection of our environment remains one of the most urgent...

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Apr 05

Remembering Dr. King

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 54th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A contemporary of Sargent Shriver's, Dr. King's message of nonviolence, and his tenacity in pursuing dignity and equality for all, continue to guide us today.Sargent Shriver spoke these words...

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Dec 20

"Health is a basic human right"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the critical importance of making affordable health services accessible to everyone in the United States. Sargent Shriver's observations about health care for all are particularly relevant now, as COVID-19 continues to ravage our communities, to put those with...

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Sep 02

"The cause of labor is the cause of all America ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a  speech given 49 years ago this week, Sargent Shriver addressed American workers and articulated all of the issues facing labor that he saw at the time. This is one in a of a series of speeches that Shriver made on the campaign trail in 1972, when he ran for Vice President on the...

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Aug 30

Reflecting on Civil Rights and Human Rights, 58 Years after the March on Washington

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week was chosen in celebration of the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28, 1963), in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech. It reminds us that if the United States is to have any kind of international authority in...

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Aug 09

Marking the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes a struggle for equality and universal rights that comes to mind today as we mark the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at his 1961 Address to the Catholic Interracial Council in Chicago. They were part of his introduction...

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