Poverty

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!

Apr 13

"The best medical service in the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights how economic disparities combined with the limitations of our for-profit health care system impact millions of Americans. Sargent Shriver's observations about the importance of accessible health care for all are particularly relevant now, as the coronavirus...

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Nov 26

Giving Young People a Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With our Quote of the Week, we continue our series about poverty. This week, we focus on one of the pillars of the War on Poverty and one of the great engines and equalizers of our society: education. Sargent Shriver tackled his poverty work in the same way he tackled most things -- with...

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Nov 19

"Equality and Justice and Dignity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is the first in a series about poverty. As we prepare for Thanksgiving and think about the many things for which we are grateful, our thoughts also go to the millions of people who lack economic opportunity and who struggle without proper access to education, health care,...

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Oct 01

Sarge and the "Quest for World Prosperity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links three crucial concepts for Sargent Shriver: prosperity, justice, and peace. With his words, he reminds us that achieving a peaceful, prosperous society requires daily efforts in multiple areas. Those efforts will have great payoffs: "Prosperity, like justice,&...

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Aug 20

Opening Opportunity to All

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On August 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a bill to create the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Sargent Shriver led the office, fulfilling Johnson's pledge to wage a so-called "War on Poverty". Our Quote of the Week, taken from Sarge's 1964  Address...

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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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Mar 12

"We Must Do It Together"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver understood the importance of collaboration. As a leader, he knew how to motivate groups of people to see and achieve their common goals. The problems he lists in our Quote of the Week, poverty, lack of education, and the destruction of environment, are arguably more pressing today...

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Feb 20

Confronting Our Impulse Toward Violence

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We chose our Quote of the Week because we were looking to Sargent Shriver for insights about the violence we inflict on each other in this country. The senseless violence of mass shootings; the violent killings of unarmed citizens, and particularly of young, black men at the hands of police...

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