Citizenship

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 01

Overcoming "the Problems of Human Poverty and Misery" through Collaboration

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the importance of collaboration when tackling the biggest challenges we face as a human family. The quote feels particularly poignant as we watch world leaders converge on Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)...

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Sep 27

The "Politician's Job" and the "Common Good"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shows the importance of public service. Through Sargent Shriver's words, we understand the high stakes of holding public office and the influence of political decisions on our everyday lives. Sixty-five years ago, Sargent Shriver spoke about government to a young audience 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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Feb 08

Turning to Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to consider love as a power. As we approach Valentine's Day 2021, let us move beyond the superficial trappings of love to establish a deeper connection with those around us, by showing empathy and serving our communities.In his electric and free-wheeling 1967 ...

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Nov 09

How Do You Make an Extraordinary Citizen?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 105th anniversary of his birth, our Quote of the Week honors the example of citizenship that Sargent Shriver left for us.In a rousing speech about citizenship to young leaders, Sargent Shriver spoke about the potential of Chicago, his home at the time. The year was 1957, and when...

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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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Mar 30

"The World is One Lifeboat ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week encapsulates Sargent Shriver's view of humanity in a simple but poetic way. The coronavirus pandemic is making more evident a basic truth about humanity of which Sargent Shriver often reminded us: that we are all connected, and if some of us are struggling, that struggle...

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Jan 20

For MLK Day: Some Thoughts on Racism, Privilege, and Being an Ally

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week for this Martin Luther King Day zones in on what is at the heart of racism: the desire to feel superior, combined with the fear of being less than. This clash of deep-seated human emotions has fueled racism, white supremacy, and oppression for centuries. Sargent Shriver...

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