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!

Nov 22

For Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Prosperity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links economic prosperity and justice, making the case that we require both in order to build  sustained peace. As we mark Thanksgiving in the United States this week, let us reflect on how we can bring about the changes necessary for a more prosperous, just society for...

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Oct 18

Being Sensitive "to the Human Problems the Poor Confront Every Day"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 57th anniversary of the beginning of Sargent Shriver's tenure as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the agency created to wage the War on Poverty. President Lyndon Johnson swore in Sargent Shriver as Director of the OEO on October...

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Oct 11

For Indigenous Peoples Day: A Program for Charting One's Own Course

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the importance of fostering the empowerment and self-determination of the many communities of Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we live. In 1965, Sargent Shriver gave an address at the National Conference of American Indians in Scottsdale,...

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Aug 23

We Can Eliminate Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 57th anniversary of the passing of the Economic Opportunity Act (August 20, 1964), the legislation that officially launched the War on Poverty. It captures a watershed moment in our history, when a collective belief that we could eliminate poverty gave us enough...

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Jul 19

What We Truly Can't Afford

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the fact that we cannot afford to have a society in which many have no access to the economic opportunities that others of us enjoy and take for granted.Sargent Shriver gave this Address to the YMCA in April of 1964, while he was Director of Peace...

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Jun 14

Poverty is "a disaster as ruinous as a tornado"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that poverty must be tackled with intention and with urgency. As millions continue to struggle because the fallout from COVID-19, we must ensure that our systems protect those who are in danger of falling into poverty -- and we must support programs and...

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Feb 01

Remembering a War on Poverty Milestone

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the day we mark the 57th anniversary of the day on which President Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty, our Quote of the Week reminds us of the combination of idealism and pragmatism that Shriver brought to the effort.This week's quote is from the Boston College...

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Dec 14

Justice = Safety

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that ensuring people's physical safety is an important component of justice in a stable and caring society.In 1974, Sargent Shriver gave a speech at Wake Forest University on the topic of "The Injustice of Justice in America". An attorney by profession,...

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