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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!

Sep 20

"Make the World Safe for Democracy"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a reminder of the Peace Corps’ connection to protecting democracy. As we mark the 61st anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps this week, we’re thinking about how we can protect democracy at home and around the world in 2022.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the...

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Sep 12

Reflecting on the Politics of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week describes a service-oriented notion of politics. It is a notion that involves every citizen, and 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 Shriver...

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Sep 02

Shriver on Education

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights the importance of education while acknowledging some of the most basic and serious challenges that our underfunded public schools face. As students of all ages settle back into school, we’re looking back to the beginning of Sargent Shriver’s career in public...

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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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Aug 23

Seeing the world as "one lifeboat"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week encapsulates Sargent Shriver's view of humanity in a simple but poetic way. His words remind us that we are all connected, and if some of us are struggling, that struggle impacts all of us.In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave an Address to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St....

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Aug 16

Some Facts about Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of some stark facts: that poverty can be found everywhere in the United States, and that it is particularly pervasive among our society’s most vulnerable populations.On August 18, 1964, two days before President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law...

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Aug 09

Making "Ordinary Health Care" Accessible to All

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from 1967 but it highlights a problem that continues to be true today: that our for-profit health care system virtually shuts out the poor, making it impossible for all of us to have equal access to care.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the first American Medical...

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Aug 02

Seeking "a common existence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that to tackle society’s biggest challenges, we must transcend the “-isms” that limit and divide us – nationalism, individualism, liberalism, conservatism – and employ the values that bind us together as a human family. It is only by focusing on our "common...

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