War on Poverty

Our blog is the place 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 Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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Feb 25

"The Essence of Love"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a deeply spiritual, deeply human expression of love. It highlights one of the values that defined Sargent Shriver. His love of people and the importance that he placed on being able to empathize with another person's circumstances were defining characteristics that...

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Jan 28

Strength and Leadership, at Home and Abroad

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver describes how the the US can create a strong, secure environment at home and abroad, to the benefit of communities around the world. His message reminds us that we are all connected and that choosing to uplift each other has ramifications that go well...

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Dec 24

Opportunity: a Powerful Word

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

For the final Quote of the Week in our poverty series, we're lingering on a word that was central for Sargent Shriver, and is also relevant for us as 2018 comes to a close: opportunity.It's important to recall that the office Sargent Shriver created for the War on Poverty was called the Office of...

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Dec 17

Addressing the Financial Barriers to Health Care

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from a fiery speech to the American Public Health Association, in which Sargent Shriver discusses the importance of making health care available to all citizens, particularly those in poverty. We invite you to read the speech; Sarge's lessons from the War on Poverty...

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Dec 10

"The Resources and the Know-how to Eliminate Poverty"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

We continue this month’s look at poverty through Sargent Shriver’s eyes with a decisive and optimistic Quote of the Week on the subject. In a statement to the House Education and Labor Committee of the US Congress,[1] Sargent Shriver presented his poverty plan in preparation for a vote on...

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Dec 03

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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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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