War on Poverty

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 18

"The most powerful force we have"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that our greatest power as a people is not fueled by economic strength or by military force. It comes from our ability to work in service of peace, justice, and love.In his 1964 Address to Bellarmine College, Sargent Shriver describes how the United States...

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Jun 21

Crime as a Failure "in the Opportunity Structure"

Our Quote of the Week reframes the notion of crime as a lack of opportunity. The “opportunity structure” to which Sargent Shriver refers includes necessities – adequate education, housing, health care, work – that are out of reach for far too many of us.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his...

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Jun 14

Some Reflections Ahead of Juneteenth

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recognizes the ongoing effects of systemic racism and oppression on African American communities, which have been disproportionally affected by poverty for generations. As we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth this coming weekend, we must also remember the...

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May 24

Getting a Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that Head Start, a War on Poverty-era  program that combines early childhood education, nutrition,  health, and social services programs for young children and their parents, continues to be an important community resource for interrupting...

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May 10

The Urgency of Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the urgency needed in liberating all human beings from the scourges of discrimination and poverty. With these words, Sargent Shriver highlights the direct role that Community Action, a program of the War on Poverty, could play in tackling poverty and...

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Mar 29

American Medicine

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of a basic but critical pitfall of American health care: that it is unaffordable for millions of people and exacerbates poverty in the United States.This week's quote is from Sargent Shriver's 1974 Address Evaluating the War on Poverty to the American Public...

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Feb 22

The Legacy of John Lewis

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week pays tribute to Congressman John Lewis (February 21, 1940-July 17, 2020), who was born 82 years ago this week. As we enter the final week of Black History Month, we remember Lewis for his unflinching courage in supporting justice for all.On April 27, 2001, the Shriver...

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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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