Public Service

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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!

Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018 Mon Dec 03 06:00:00 EST 2018

Be Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the role of Community Action in tackling poverty.  Initially a concept that emphasized local service to empower individuals and families dealing with economic hardship, Community Action was central both for the War on Poverty and for Sargent Shriver, who...

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Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018 Mon Nov 05 07:10:00 EST 2018

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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Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 15 06:00:00 EDT 2018

"The Responsibility of the Press"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of journalists. It suggests that, at their best, journalists provide a public service -- to communicate stories that affect the well being of society.Speaking on the state of education in 1957, Sargent Shriver made the point that comprehensive...

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Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018 Mon Oct 08 06:05:00 EDT 2018

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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Mon Aug 27 07:12:00 EDT 2018 Mon Aug 27 07:12:00 EDT 2018

"The Only Genuine Elite"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reveals some fundamental values of Sargent Shriver's that we must continue to uphold today: that segregating human beings by race, class, religion, or other identity-based characteristics is dangerous and unjust; and that service to others is a precious and valuable human...

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Mon Jul 30 11:37:50 EDT 2018 Mon Jul 30 11:37:50 EDT 2018

Peace and Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a powerful call to peace that Sargent Shriver made at the Shriver Center UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland. Sarge made the point that "now more than ever, we depend on one another for our very existence." And with advancements in technology that in some...

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Mon May 28 11:17:22 EDT 2018 Mon May 28 11:17:22 EDT 2018

Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

How do we honor those we have lost in war? For our Quote of the Week, we draw on some words that Sargent Shriver spoke on Memorial Day 50 years ago, as he reflected on what we could do to acknowledge the sacrifice of those we have lost. By creating a more inclusive society, where all could have...

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Tue Mar 06 11:11:31 EST 2018 Tue Mar 06 11:11:31 EST 2018

"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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