Human Rights

Our blog is the place 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Jun 13

"The Most Important Political Problem"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a prescient observation about the priorities for preserving the well being of humanity in the 21st century. Although he does not use the word, Sargent Shriver's focus here is something that many of us are talking about and working on today: sustainability.In the 1970s,...

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Jun 10

Our Technology ...

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a concern many of us share: that technology is developing at a speed that does not always allow us to use it in ways that honor our humanity, our dignity, and our fragility. To be sure, the technological advancements we have seen over the past 50 years are...

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May 02

"Strive Together for the Dignity of Man"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as US Ambassador to France.  Fifty-one years ago this week, Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his arrival ceremony in Paris, as he officially presented his credentials to French President Charles de Gaulle....

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Apr 29

"The Roots of Racism"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week tackles an important topic that continues to influence the systems in which we operate and to adversely affect the lives of people of color: racism. The quote is from Sargent Shriver's keynote address at the first gathering of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial...

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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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