Democracy

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!

Jul 05

Independence Day: The Struggle for Freedom Continues

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we cannot celebrate a true "independence day" in the United States until all people can enjoy liberty and self-determination. Independence was not fully achieved on July 4, 1776, and many are still struggling to achieve it 52 years later.Sargent...

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Dec 28

A New Period in Our History

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week may be from 1973, but it expresses a sentiment that we share as we enter 2021: that the new year may usher in a new era of justice, democracy, and strong leadership.Speaking at an event for the Democratic Party of Oklahoma, Sargent Shriver began his remarks by noting the...

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Oct 05

"Democracy and Local Government," AKA Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the week evokes Sargent Shriver's concept of "community action" and reminds us that we, the people, must act to organize and to shape our communities according to local needs. In 1966, Sargent Shriver spoke before the Association of Counties about the ways in...

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Sep 07

Something for Labor Day

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a reminder of the ways in which workers have pushed to humanize our collective working life. On this Labor Day, let us honor our workers and let remember the lessons of 2020: our workers are essential, and they need to be valued and nurtured if we are to have a healthy...

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Sep 09

The Importance of Education

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

The issue of education is on our mind as students of all ages settle back into school this month. 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. Sargent Shriver's career in...

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Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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Oct 22

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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Sep 10

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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