Justice

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 30

The Consequences of Justice -- and of Injustice

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance that Sargent Shriver placed on justice in our institutions. It also reveals the unique power that justice has in creating a stable and thriving society.This week’s quote is from Sargent Shriver’s 1972 campaign speech, “Justice – A New Vision”....

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Jun 21

Crime as a Failure "in the Opportunity Structure"

Our Quote of the Week reframes the notion of crime as a lack of opportunity. The “opportunity structure” to which Sargent Shriver refers includes necessities – adequate education, housing, health care, work – that are out of reach for far too many of us.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his...

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Jan 31

How Do We Transform Our Justice System?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that too many of us experience representatives across the justice system -- police, attorneys, judges, political figures -- not as protectors and upholders of justice, but as a "source of danger and symbol of oppression." Speaking about the Legal...

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Nov 22

For Thanksgiving: A Reflection on Prosperity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links economic prosperity and justice, making the case that we require both in order to build  sustained peace. As we mark Thanksgiving in the United States this week, let us reflect on how we can bring about the changes necessary for a more prosperous, just society for...

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Nov 08

Remembering Sargent Shriver on his 106th Birthday

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week calls to mind some of the characteristics and abilities that made Sargent Shriver distinct as a servant leader: his human-centric spirituality, his ability to foster collaboration, and his willingness to solicit, devise, and implement innovative solutions to society's most...

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Aug 16

How do we define peace?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to reflect on our fundamental definition of "peace", reminding us that "peace is more than the absence of war". In order to create a peaceful society, we must favor diplomacy over power, and we must remember that our ultimate goal in times of...

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Jul 05

Independence Day: The Struggle for Freedom Continues

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we cannot celebrate a true "independence day" in the United States until all people can enjoy liberty and self-determination. Independence was not fully achieved on July 4, 1776, and many are still struggling to achieve it 52 years later.Sargent...

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May 17

What Can Change the World Today?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a simple but profound declaration that the main weapons wielded by the powerful  -- money and violence -- will ultimately not effect meaningful, social change. It is only by implementing bold, human-centered ideas that we can truly make a difference for the...

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