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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Peace Institute
    work he helped lift up those among us giving them hope and opportunity Read More About Sarge s Legacy Sarge s Work Sarge s peacebuilding methodology is still shaping our world today Through the five components of his method people and communities are striving to build a more just society Learn More About Sarge s Methods About SSPI Launched in 2006 the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute has sought to carry on Sarge s work by increasing awareness of his life and teaching his peacebuilding methods to help others respond to the challenges facing our society Learn More About SSPI Saints In Our Midst America Magazine In January of 2011 Sargent Shriver died after a long and good life of extraordinary service courage and faith I believe he was a saint in our midst Read the America Magazine Article 50 years 1964 2014 The War on Poverty Celebrates 50th Anniversary On February 1 1964 President Lyndon Johnson tapped Sargent Shriver to design and lead the United States in an unconditional war on poverty If you were faced with this towering challenge what would you do Explore what Sarge said and did and the values that guided the decisions he made Read More About the War on Poverty SARGE S LEGACY I can think of no American alive today who has touched more lives for the better than Sargent Shriver Reel off the names of the organizations he inspired led or created and you have a sense of his multiplying legacy Bill Moyers 2004 Sarge s Legacy SARGE S METHOD Sargent Shriver s historical legacy combines a spiritually grounded idealism with deft political realism and a gift for public administration and social innovation that is alive today Explore the methodological keys to Shriver s pursuit of human development dignity and peace Sarge s Method ABOUT SSPI The efforts of the SSPI are dedicated to commemorating Sarge s legacy as well as to creatively applying the principles that guided Shriver s work empathy respect service sacrifice and humility to contemporary peacebuilding endeavors About SSPI Blog Mon Jan 12 16 23 00 EST 2015 Mon Jan 12 16 23 00 EST 2015 2014 15 Shriver Program Undergraduate Fellows Announced by University of Chicago Institute of Politics CHICAGO The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced the 14 Fellows selected for the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service a new initiative for UChicago undergraduates to gain practical training in public service leadership The inaugural Shriver READ MORE In the News 0 Mon Oct 06 13 18 06 EDT 2014 Mon Oct 06 13 18 06 EDT 2014 Classic Sarge by Jamie Price Earlier this morning I was reading A More Beautiful Question The Spiritual in Poetry and Art a book by my friend Glenn Hughes and the chapter on Art and Spiritual Growth made me think of Sargent Shriver I think about Sarge often of course and like the rest of his friends and READ MORE What Would Sarge Say 0 Fri

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sarge's Legacy
    family Civil Rights From positions of power throughout his career Sarge championed the civil rights of dignity opportunity and justice for all Learn More Political Leadership In his roles as public servant and citizen diplomat Sarge is an icon of skilled and effective progressive political leadership Learn More Peacebuilding Sarge developed and tested his practical approach to peacebuilding as founding director of the Peace Corps Learn More Empowerment Sarge s pioneering approach to empowerment government is exemplified in his leadership of the War on Poverty Learn More Intellectual Disabilities Sarge joined with his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver in a life long commitment to serving people with intellectual disabilities Learn More Faith Sarge s faith combines conservative personal piety with an embrace of the world s religions in the pursuit of peace and justice Learn More Family Sarge s faith combines conservative personal piety with an embrace of the world s religions in the pursuit of peace and justice Learn More Service The call to service was a hallmark of every program Sarge created and every initiative he championed Learn More REMEMBERING SARGENT SHRIVER THE FUNERAL View Funeral Speeches and See Photos View Rememberance from former President Bill Clinton View Mark

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Civil Rights
    months of hard labor for a traffic violation Shriver urged Presidential candidate John Kennedy to publicly offer his support for King and call his wife Coretta Scott King to make his personal commitment to freeing the civil rights leader Although many Kennedy supporters howled that such an action would lead to the loss of Southern votes Shriver successfully persuaded the Senator Kennedy made the call and Shriver leaked the story to the news media The expression of support led to a huge swing of minority votes to Kennedy s camp and to the minister s release and vocal support for the candidate Shriver believed the cause of civil rights was inextricably connected to economic status that freedom without economic opportunity was still second class citizenship After JFK s assassination Shriver was named head of Lyndon Johnson s Office of Economic Opportunity becoming a leader and advocate for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but also for programs that provided new opportunities for employment and training He headed Johnson s War on Poverty leading to the launch of such programs as Head Start the Job Corps and VISTA Shriver understood that an America that segregated its citizens along any lines social racial economic justice was not truly democratic His gift was in inspiring others to see their role in effecting change For example he created the structure for Legal Services for those too poor to afford them or denied those services because of the color of their skin He also approached the cause from the opposite end spending countless hours talking to individual lawyers and to legal organizations pushing them to participate to do more to take responsibility for the justice system in which they worked Shriver s deep real belief in the equality

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Political Leadership
    sent more than 200 000 volunteers to work and build sustainable communities in 139 countries In 1963 President Lyndon Johnson asked Shriver to serve as part of his administration by helping him launch his new War on Poverty On August 20 1964 Johnson signed the Office of Economic Opportunity OEO Act which would eventually provide job training work study programs loans and grants to poor farmers and a domestic volunteer service that cooperated with local governments and communities Shriver became the agency s first director On May 7 1968 Shriver took his international and political savoir faire to France as the U S Ambassador Relations with France and with French President Charles de Gaulle in particular had grown increasingly strained President de Gaulle had established diplomatic relations with communist China in 1964 withdrawn from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization s NATO integrated military organization in 1966 publicly denounced the American war in Vietnam in 1967 and encouraged French Canadian separatists in 1968 Meanwhile the United States had consistently refused to aid France in its pursuit of becoming a nuclear power The domestic situation in France proved to be difficult as well upon his arrival in Paris Shriver encountered a severe domestic crisis involving nationwide strikes and student unrest Despite these challenges Shriver and de Gaulle established a working friendship and Franco American relations began to thaw Upon his return from France in 1970 Shriver founded the Congressional Leadership for the Future CLF The CLF functioned as an independent organization separate from the Democratic National Committee with Shriver serving as the Chairman The CLF campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidates throughout the country for the November 1970 Congressional races Shriver along with his small staff traveled extensively throughout the United States delivering speeches hosting luncheons and dinners participating in local community

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Peace Corps
    help establish the program quickly and successfully someone with speed energy the ability to get things done and the diplomatic skills to inspire and persuade To lead the charge he called on Sargent Shriver Even before the newly elected President was inaugurated Shriver had completed a feasibility study and charted out a plan for an immediate launch of the new program A call was sent out to college students around America who responded with unprecedented fervor We received more letters to work for the Peace Corps which did not then exist than for all other existing agencies said Shriver With his customary idealism enthusiasm and motivational skills Shriver seemed to bring the Peace Corps to life overnight He found funding in existing State Department budgets and recruited volunteers by the hundreds and Shriver had a Peace Corps in the field well before Congress finally voted to establish and fund the agency in September of 1961 Years later at the Lincoln Memorial at a celebration of the Peace Corps 40th anniversary Shriver spoke movingly to thousands of volunteers telling them Be servants of peace Work humbly persistently and intelligently Weep with those who are sorrowful Care for those who are sick Serve your neighbors Serve your towns Serve the poor That is your challenge Since its historic birth 50 years ago Peace Corps has placed more than 200 000 volunteers in the field in 139 countries Volunteers range in age from 18 to 86 representing all 50 states with diverse backgrounds and motivations Visit the Peace Corps website The one thing they all share The same energy and commitment exemplified by Sargent Shriver when President Kennedy challenged him to bring the Peace Corps from idealistic vision to effective reality Previous Article Political Leadership Next Article War on Poverty Civil Rights In

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - War on Poverty
    it is a means of making life available for any and all pursuers It does not try to make men good because that is moralizing It does not try to give men what they want because that is catering It does not try to give men false hopes because that is deception Instead the War on Poverty tries only to create the conditions by which the good life can be lived and that is humanism Al From the founder and former CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council worked with Shriver during the War on Poverty Looking back on that time he reflected The OEO principle of empowerment we strove for maximum feasible participation of the poor outraged America s mayors and created enormous political headaches for Sarge every day The concept was simple poor people had a right to one third of the seats on every local poverty program board The mayors went crazy I was once asked by a mayor who had closed five neighborhood centers Why should I open five organizations to campaign against me Sarge never buckled He hated welfare and believed in community action Even when Johnson effectively pulled the plug on the War on Poverty to fund the war in Vietnam Sarge fought on and won We didn t always get our paychecks on time because Congress delayed our funding that s why I got an American Express Card in 1967 but in the end Sarge won the battle and the anti poverty program went on It s not always appreciated today but during the Shriver years more Americans got out of poverty than during any similar time in our history 1 As From mentioned President Johnson s support of the War on Poverty lessened as the war in Vietnam took prominence Yet like the

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Special Olympics
    be done to advance the cause of people with intellectual disabilities in some new corner of the globe In many countries he literally opened the door for athletes families and volunteers breaking down barriers of language and cultures while offering a new vision of achievement inclusion and love These travels always seemed to renew Sarge the world was his stage and he loved making it a better place for all of us Today Special Olympics is active in 170 countries with more than two thirds of the athletes coming from outside the United States and China boasts the largest program in the world National leaders have taken Sargent Shriver s message that Special Olympics can accomplish much more than it appears quite seriously At a press conference in Washington D C in 1990 Alexander Potemkin the Minister Counselor of the then Soviet Embassy spoke these words Special Olympics will assist us all East and West to synchronize our moral compasses Internationally Sargent Shriver impressed thousands of government officials and diplomats with his commitment to people with intellectual disabilities inspiring them to make their own commitment In an excerpt from Scott Stossel s biography on Shriver Yan Ming Fu the former deputy minister of China is quoted as saying after he sees Shriver who was then 85 years old get off a plane from an international flight He doesn t have to be here But he keeps doing this because working for retarded children is important If we Chinese people have any pride in ourselves we ought to match this kind of commitment to humanity we ought to treat these children with more respect During Sargent Shriver s leadership tenure Special Olympics continued and expanded its revolutionary approach to people with intellectual disabilities but in some of the most remote difficult

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Faith
    Poverty and the Peace Corps he led efforts to provide care support and justice for people of all nationalities religions ethnicities and capabilities He had a deep interest in bringing people together to better understand each other and to respect each other in order to solve much of the world s social and economic inequities His spirituality can be understood on a more personal level through this opening prayer which Shriver gave at the beginning of 1997 Special Olympics Board of Directors meeting He found the athletes of Special Olympics had a much greater purpose than the world was acknowledging or aware of and he worked tirelessly to make everyone on this earth aware of their human value Almighty God we thank you we thank you for giving us a chance to work on behalf of the 170 000 000 human beings on earth with MR For helping us to understand why you have created them Because they teach us to love one another because they teach us to respect all of your creatures of every race every religion every nation of all ages because they teach us that we are all everyone of us dependent on you and on one another Help us Lord to respect and love all of your creatures and all of your creation Help us Lord because we are your servants Amen Sargent Shriver lived a very political life and his spirituality guided his political discourse and his thoughts on religion in the political sphere Ultimately he believed that our religious choices and our faith are an essential part of the human experience and should be looked at as a way to affirm our shared values and open dialogue in the political arena creating pathways to peace not be used to drive wedges between us

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