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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!

May 25

The "Self-Organization" of Society

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of a powerful action we can take together: to organize ourselves into a society that brings opportunity and justice to all. As we pause on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty, let us reflect on what we, the living,...

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May 18

The Success of Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the success of Head Start, the War on Poverty program that combines early childhood education, nutrition,  health, and social services programs for children, while encouraging active parent participation. Head Start celebrates its 55th birthday today.At...

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May 11

Striving Together "for the Dignity of Man"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 52nd anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as US Ambassador to France.  On May 8, 1968, Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his arrival ceremony in Paris, as he officially presented his credentials to French President Charles de Gaulle. With...

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May 04

A Spirit of Cooperation, with "A Commitment to Our Own Principles"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week describes a way for us to move forward in our politics but is useful advice for daily life, as well.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the Alabama Young Democrats Convention on September 6, 1974. The convention was held four weeks after President Richard Nixon had...

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Apr 27

The "You" Decade

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a call to service that feels timely as we continue to deal with the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and as we await to see what's in store for the future of the Peace Corps.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the University of Michigan, in the same...

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Apr 20

How Do You Win a War on Poverty?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that in order to create a truly sustainable society, we must go beyond eliminating poverty; we must eliminate the conditions that lead people into poverty.In his 1965 Address to the Illinois State Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations,...

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Apr 13

"The best medical service in the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights how economic disparities combined with the limitations of our for-profit health care system impact millions of Americans. Sargent Shriver's observations about the importance of accessible health care for all are particularly relevant now, as the coronavirus...

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Apr 06

Finding Purpose in Adversity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week provides a little bit of wisdom as we navigate our way through the crises arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. During this precarious time, the battles for our health, but also for justice, equality, and protection of others, are both brutal and unrelenting. One way to help...

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