Human Rights

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!

Aug 03

Remembering John Lewis

Our Quote of the Week pays tribute to Congressman John Lewis (February 14, 1940-July 17, 2020). Although we lost Rep. Lewis to pancreatic cancer in July, his example of leadership and service will continue to guide and inspire us for generations to come.On April 27, 2001, the Shriver Center...

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Mar 09

"The women's movement must be America's movement"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Our Quote of the Week highlights the inequities that persist between women and men in 2020. Sargent Shriver may have spoken these words in 1975, but they continue to resonate today. During the early days of his 1976 Presidential...

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Jan 27

The Globalization of Health Problems

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week ties together public health with other critical issues common to our human family: security and economic opportunity. It also makes the point that only international collaboration can allow us to truly tackle these issues in a holistic way.The escalating risks of the...

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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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Jan 13

"Our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the ties that bind our human family. To ignore the suffering of those we think of as "other," particularly when they are far away, may seem like an easy thing to do, but in our interconnected world, the suffering of others will make its way back to us...

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Sep 24

Sarge on Environmental Protection

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week echoes the sentiments of millions around the world who took the streets during Friday’s climate strike and Saturday’s International Day of Peace actions. With the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit yielding great attention but few commitments, we join those millions...

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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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Sep 02

For Labor Day

Our Quote of the Week marks Labor Day with a call to the humanizing of American life. The quote is as relevant today as it was when Sargent Shriver said these words 47 years ago.In a 1972 speech about the importance of labor, Sargent Shriver addressed American workers. At the time, he was...

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