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!

Feb 01

Remembering a War on Poverty Milestone

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the day we mark the 57th anniversary of the day on which President Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty, our Quote of the Week reminds us of the combination of idealism and pragmatism that Shriver brought to the effort.This week's quote is from the Boston College...

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Dec 14

Justice = Safety

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that ensuring people's physical safety is an important component of justice in a stable and caring society.In 1974, Sargent Shriver gave a speech at Wake Forest University on the topic of "The Injustice of Justice in America". An attorney by profession,...

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Nov 23

Abundance and Deprivation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we approach Thanksgiving, Our Quote of the Week reminds us that while some of us enjoy the privileges of material abundance and economic stability, too many of us struggle to acquire even the basics to sustain life. This is especially important to remember as the economic distress caused by...

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Nov 16

"The challenge before America today ..."

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. In his fiery and engaging 1967 Address at the University of California, Sargent Shriver quoted...

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Oct 19

Health Care and Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes the fundamental importance of making health care available for all of us, particularly for those dealing with poverty. Sargent Shriver’s words on this topic are particularly relevant as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as with continued...

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Oct 12

Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week has been chosen in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Acknowledging our country's history of violence and oppression towards our Native American siblings is an important step towards achieving equal justice and opportunity for them and for all of us.In 1965, Sargent Shriver...

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Oct 05

"Democracy and Local Government," AKA Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the week evokes Sargent Shriver's concept of "community action" and reminds us that we, the people, must act to organize and to shape our communities according to local needs. In 1966, Sargent Shriver spoke before the Association of Counties about the ways in...

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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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