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!

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 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 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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Sep 02

Shriver on Education

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of education while acknowledging some of the most basic and serious challenges that our underfunded public schools face. As students of all ages settle back into school, we’re looking back to the beginning of Sargent Shriver’s career in public...

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Aug 16

Some Facts about Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of some stark facts: that poverty can be found everywhere in the United States, and that it is particularly pervasive among our society’s most vulnerable populations.On August 18, 1964, two days before President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law...

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Aug 09

Making "Ordinary Health Care" Accessible to All

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from 1967 but it highlights a problem that continues to be true today: that our for-profit health care system virtually shuts out the poor, making it impossible for all of us to have equal access to care.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the first American Medical...

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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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