Politics

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 24

"A Net Beneath Which We Will Not Let One Another Fall"

Our Quote of the Week expresses, rather poetically, Sargent Shriver's vision of the social safety net. It also encapsulates how he saw the nature of citizenship: that as citizens, we must be aware that we are all connected to one another, and that we therefore have a responsibility to give those...

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Feb 04

"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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Jan 07

A Spirit of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We begin 2019 with a Quote of the Week that sets an intention for the year ahead: to work with others in a spirit of cooperation, and with a commitment to our fundamental principles of achieving dignity, justice, and equality for all. From our personal dealings with others to the work that lays...

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Nov 05

The Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is notion that Sargent Shriver embraced with enthusiasm and energy for the people he served throughout his life.In his speech to the New York University Class of 1964, Sargent...

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Oct 08

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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Jun 25

Fear, Misinformation, and Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver reminds us that to foster unity, we must work together to eliminate the fear and unease that pull us apart. He calls out the spread of "misinformation" and points out that we must not pay attention to political talking points that have no...

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Jun 11

The Greatness of Our Spirit

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We take our Quote of the Week from the St. Louis University Commencement Speech that Sargent Shriver gave in 1962. Speaking about the network of "statesmen and scholars" that the Peace Corps was creating, Sargent Shriver spoke about the responsibilities and opportunities that a world...

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Mar 06

"My Belief in People"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

One of the things that stands out about Sargent Shriver as a political leader and a public servant is his genuine belief that any problem, no matter how difficult, can be solved if people work together to find solutions. No matter how much political power he wielded and no matter what challenge...

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