Citizenship

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Mon Feb 18 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Feb 18 06:00:00 EST 2019

For Presidents Day, Some Thoughts about Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Presidents Day, we take our Quote of the Week from a piece of advice Sargent Shriver gave a group of aspiring young leaders in 1957. He was speaking on the topic of citizenship at the time. Presidents Day has us thinking quite a bit about leadership. We certainly think of Sargent...

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Mon Feb 11 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Feb 11 06:00:00 EST 2019

A Call to Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a compelling call to service. Speaking at Bowling Green State University on September 15, 1964, Sargent Shriver made an appeal to all the state universities of the nation. He asked that they nurture their students so as to create “Great Citizens.” it is only by having...

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Mon Feb 04 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Feb 04 06:00:00 EST 2019

"There is a Wind Coming"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver describes what he sees as an inflection point in the history of the country. His observation that we, the people, can shape the events during such an inflection point, is what we’d like to focus on this week.Sargent Shriver made these remarks on...

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Mon Jan 14 06:00:00 EST 2019 Mon Jan 14 06:00:00 EST 2019

Creating the Conditions for a Secure Existence

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that our technology and human advancements have made us more interconnected and sophisticated than ever before. In such a "seamless world," physical barriers such as border walls are not the ultimate solution for ensuring security. Rather, we must...

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Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018

Be Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the role of Community Action in tackling poverty.  Initially a concept that emphasized local service to empower individuals and families dealing with economic hardship, Community Action was central both for the War on Poverty and for Sargent Shriver, who...

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Mon Oct 22 10:48:56 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 22 10:48:56 EDT 2018

Focusing on the Issues that Matter

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a fiery speech given one week before the 1974 midterms, Sargent Shriver laid out what he saw as the issues that mattered most in the election. By placing importance on subjects that affected the daily lives of citizens, and by stressing the need for "truth telling," Sargent Shriver...

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Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018

The Role of Politics

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that politics must be used as a tool to improve the lives of people. It is important that politicians remember our (and their) basic humanity, that they behave with respect and humility, and that they maintain the ability to compromise in order to achieve a common...

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Mon Sep 10 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Sep 10 06:00:00 EDT 2018

Democracy and Local Government

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shows Sargent Shriver's awareness of the diversity of the communities that make up the United States, and his profound belief in the right to self-determination.In a speech given during his tenure as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (the administrative office...

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