Quote of the Week

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!

Jun 28

Towards a Nonviolent Society

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a radical expression of nonviolence. No matter our positions on race, law enforcement, or weapons, It would benefit all of us to imagine a world without violence, one that gives space for past aggressions and injustices to heal, and that allows us to come together as one,...

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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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Jun 14

Some Reflections Ahead of Juneteenth

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recognizes the ongoing effects of systemic racism and oppression on African American communities, which have been disproportionally affected by poverty for generations. As we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth this coming weekend, we must also remember the...

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Jun 07

Setting Our Own Direction

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from an inflection point in the history of the United States, after Watergate and the end of the war in Vietnam. Today, we continue to take to heart Sargent Shriver’s observation that we, the people, can shape events during such a moment.Sargent Shriver made these...

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May 31

Confronting our Culture of Violence

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week laments the fact that as a nation, we have become more successful in disseminating weapons than ideas. Our current state is indicative of a culture in which conflict and trauma are more easily addressed using violence rather than other methods.In 1956, Sargent...

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May 24

Getting a Head Start

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that Head Start, a War on Poverty-era  program that combines early childhood education, nutrition,  health, and social services programs for young children and their parents, continues to be an important community resource for interrupting...

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May 17

Spiritualizing Politics without Politicizing Religion

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week conveys a principle that is central for understanding Sargent Shriver. It is also one that we must embrace as a people today, for we can only tackle political polarization and address our most challenging social issues if we infuse our political and cultural conversations,...

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May 10

The Urgency of Community Action

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the urgency needed in liberating all human beings from the scourges of discrimination and poverty. With these words, Sargent Shriver highlights the direct role that Community Action, a program of the War on Poverty, could play in tackling poverty and...

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