War on 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 31

Leadership and Listening

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that the ability to listen is of fundamental importance for our leaders. It allows them to connect with people, to develop empathy, and to be guided in their decision-making by the needs of the people they serve.In 1976, Sargent Shriver was a Democratic candidate...

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Apr 20

How Do You Win a War on Poverty?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that in order to create a truly sustainable society, we must go beyond eliminating poverty; we must eliminate the conditions that lead people into poverty.In his 1965 Address to the Illinois State Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations,...

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Mar 16

Sargent Shriver on Health

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week centers on the importance of good health, a topic that is at the forefront of many of our thoughts, discussions, and decisions at the moment. The novel coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to pause and to consider the value of health, and the importance of robust systems to...

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Feb 24

"We are a dead society if ..."

Our Quote of the Week makes a simple but crucial statement about the goals of the War on Poverty, and about the continued importance of those goals for our human family. It reminds us that until every human being has "equality and justice and dignity," we cannot have true peace. In a...

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Jan 27

The Globalization of Health Problems

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week ties together public health with other critical issues common to our human family: security and economic opportunity. It also makes the point that only international collaboration can allow us to truly tackle these issues in a holistic way.The escalating risks of the...

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Nov 18

"Architects for Humanity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that unless we place the welfare of humanity above all else, in our politics, commerce, and in all of our systems, we are prioritizing the wrong things. This is a timely message in a moment when so many communities at home and abroad are struggling with economic...

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Oct 28

The Land of Opportunity ... for ALL of us

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links together two battles that were central to Sargent Shriver's work: one to achieve civil rights, and the other to end poverty for all Americans. Our quote is from Sargent Shriver's March 1964 Address to the United Negro College Fund Symposium, an early speech from...

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Oct 07

Remembering the Origins of Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates Head Start, the early childhood education program for children facing difficult economic circumstances. With its holistic approach, Head Start also includes health care and social components, and support and services for parents, all of which vary based on the...

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