Politics

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 27

The Dangers of Cynical Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, from Sargent Shriver's 1975 announcement of candidacy for President of the United States, has us thinking about the dangers of cynical leadership. As we head towards the 2020 Presidential election and as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that we...

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Dec 09

"For all Americans who feel politically powerless ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger than ourselves: service to our communities and to those more vulnerable than ourselves. By empowering others, we commit fully to our society and strengthen our own sense of citizenship.In 1968, Sargent...

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Oct 21

"The Shaping of a Common Existence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week may be from almost 44 years ago, but it makes some observations that continue to ring true in our hyperconnected world: no matter how much we attempt to separate or isolate ourselves from other countries, we share a common existence. The challenges and threats that we face...

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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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Aug 26

Our Interconnectedness

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week speaks to an urgent need we have today: we must acknowledge the fact that we are all connected, and we must find ways to work together to solve problems of global importance. Speaking at the 1997 World Health Organization Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sargent...

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Jul 29

"The Measuring Stick for Our Actions"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that how a leader treats people within a country's borders has a profound impact on how the rest of the world will see that country. It calls attention to the power of leading by example.Taken from the Democratic foreign policy statement that was part Sargent...

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Jul 15

Engaged Citizenship

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week calls on us to examine the meaning of citizenship and engaged, productive participation in our democracy. It comes from a speech that Sargent Shriver delivered at the American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Suresnes, only weeks after being sworn in as US Ambassador to...

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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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