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!

Aug 02

Navigating the "complex world we live in today"

Our Quote of the Week shines a light on the imbalances that exist in economic development and resources in our society. With technology advancing more and more rapidly, and without intentional efforts to invest in underserved communities, these imbalances will lead to greater and greater levels...

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May 03

Examining Poverty and Health Care

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights a profound irony about health care in the United States: that we have mastered the most advanced procedures and refined some of the most groundbreaking technologies in health care, but that we have not bothered to extend the most basic care to those who are...

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Jan 04

"We will not let one another fall"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our first Quote of the Week for 2021 sets a collective intention for us all: to work for a society in which all of us are cared for when we are in need and are given opportunities to live life to our full potential.In a 1996 Address to the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee,...

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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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