Human Rights

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!

Jan 14

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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Nov 12

From Warrior to Peacemaker

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This past Friday, November 9, we celebrated what would have been Sargent Shriver's 103rd birthday. Then, yesterday on Veterans Day, we honored those who have served in the US military. Taking both of these events into account, our Quote of the Week remembers Sargent Shriver as a warrior who...

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Oct 29

The Importance of Human Rights

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week demonstrates the importance that Sargent Shriver placed on human rights. His powerful message about the sanctity of every human being is timely in a moment where basic protections and respect for people, particularly those considered to be different or "other," are...

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Jun 18

When There's No Justice ...

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week brings into focus the root cause of our most critical challenges -- lack of justice. These words come from Sargent Shriver's 1971 Address to the Tampa Bar Association. Like many of his speeches to his peers, this speech emphasizes that using the law as a tool, we have...

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Apr 30

On Justice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our choice for Quote of the Week was inspired by the recent opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. A memorial dedicated to the legacy of black lynchings, terror, and discrimination in the United States, it forces us to remember the importance of justice and...

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Apr 23

"Spaceship Earth"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words in April 1975 during a lecture tour of the former Soviet Union. As we celebrate Earth Week 43 years later, we recognize the importance and increased urgency of his message.In a public address entitled Toward an International Ethic of Science, Sargent Shriver...

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Apr 02

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Like a Star in the Night"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

This week, we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A contemporary of Sargent Shriver's, Dr. King's message of nonviolence, and his tenacity in pursuing dignity and equality for all, continue to be a shining example of strength and justice for the world....

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Feb 12

Leading with Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Speaking about education at Northwestern University in Chicago, Sargent Shriver made the point that introducing students to world cultures could revolutionize the way we think about each other. That revolution could eventually transform our leadership style at the national level, allowing us to...

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