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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Father Theodore Hesburgh Remembers Sargent Shriver
    Rev Theodore Martin Hesburgh 1917 2015 President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame to discuss his memories of Sargent Shriver More Videos Father Theodore Hesburgh Remembers Sargent Shriver Mark Shriver Records A Good Man The Life of Sargent Shriver Opening Segment American Idealist Sargent Shriver Leads the War on Poverty President Johnson Names Sargent Shriver Mr Poverty Sargent Shriver Peace Institute Contact us at info sargentshriver org Privacy Policy

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - President Johnson and Sargent Shriver Discuss the War on Poverty
    President Johnson announced America s unconditional war on poverty on January 8th 1964 but he didn t name Sargent Shriver as the Director of that effort until February 1st In fact the announcement came as a surprise to Sarge because for virtually the entire month of January he had been engaged in a round the world trip at the behest of LBJ On January 3 Shriver had set off to the Middle East and Asia conducting Peace Corps business but also carrying messages from the new President to Pope Paul VI and heads of state in Jordan Iran Turkey Afghanistan Nepal Pakistan India and Thailand Shriver returned on January 31 and on the following day he was playing ball outside with three of his children Bobby Maria and Tim when he received a phone call from the President This is the tape of that phone call and it is fascinating to listen in on this historic moment Sarge was reluctant to accept the post LBJ refused to take no for an answer The personalities of both men are on display in the exchange and the mettle of Sargent Shriver is evident in the way he embraced the yoke of service

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the American Bar Association Southwest Region Conference
    1 million cases would be handled in the next year We believe there are hundreds of thousands of similar cases per annum OEO is reaching only a small fraction of them We know these cases exist but only recently have we become aware of why they exist Because the poor don t know their legal rights Because local officials are too overworked or uninterested or uninformed Because there are no lawyers or lawyer s assistants to help these destitute and neglected Americans But the surprising fact is that formidable opposition does exist in some places to these new efforts to make justice equally available to the poor as well as the rich I recall an instance in Albuquerque New Mexico A committee of the Albuquerque Bar chaired by William Kitts adopted a plan for Albuquerque utilizing the neighborhood law office approach This plan was accepted by the Bar and submitted by the Community Action Agency to our Austin Regional Office for funding We announced the grant on May 28 This action triggered strong opposition among members of the Bar who favored the English or Judicare plan We had announced that we would fund no such program in Albuquerque and we were fully backed up by the Community Action Agency in our position In addition one of my assistants flew to Albuquerque on June 12 and again stated that we would stand by the plan as funded Nevertheless the dissidents continued their fight against the funded plan and success fully obtained a re vote of the Albuquerque Bar Association In the vote completed on June 29 66 lawyers approved the OEO plan 33 stated that they favored the Judicare plan but would accept the OEO plan 100 favored Judicare and opposed the OEO plan and 2 lawyers favored no plan This was construed as 102 to 99 against the OEO plan As part of their campaign the dissident lawyers obtained the pledge of Senator Montoya and Congressman Walker that the congressional delegation would abide by this vote of the Bar Accordingly after the vote we were placed under great congressional pressure to withdraw our funded grant and fund a Judicare operation We stood firm along with the CAA and the existing Legal Aid Agency which was the delegate agency under the OEO grant Steps were taken to begin operation of the program without any participation by the Bar Association on the governing board When the Bar Association found that the program was going ahead anyway the members in early September again voted on whether to participate in the OEO program by having members on the board and otherwise contributing to the success of the program This time the Bar voted overwhelmingly to participate in the program thus reversing its earlier stand The program is now in the process of selecting its staff I remember the opposition we received in a large Western state The State Bar Association objected violently to a legal service program that would provide lawyers for migrant farm

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Empowerment & the War on Poverty
    among others As Shriver explained Helping the poor help themselves is the keystone of the President s poverty program It does not offer handouts it offers opportunities It is concerned with creating the conditions under which the child born into poverty can have the chance to help himself to compete on equal terms with those lucky enough to be born into affluence Shriver s empowerment approach to addressing the structural and personal complexities of living in poverty generated significant controversy early on and his strategy has been regularly misunderstood and misrepresented ever since The Right tends to dismiss the War on Poverty as a top down big government bureaucratic nightmare that subverts individual initiative and encourages dependency The Left tends to dismiss it as overly focused on individual opportunity and insufficiently concerned with the social pathologies that drive income inequality Both characterizations miss the mark because they fail to wrestle with the War on Poverty in its own terms Shriver was not staking out a partisan political position he was implementing an empowerment method for solving the problem of poverty In speeches delivered throughout the period Shriver detailed the methodological virtues of empowerment government First it provided the questions and criteria needed to make concrete decisions about the design and effectiveness of particular policies For example Is it voluntary Empowerment cannot be compelled so no policy or program in the War on Poverty would compel individual or community participation Does it foster hope and initiative No individual or community can be empowered if their own capacities are not activated so the aim of all policies and programs was to foster the individual initiative and community action triggered by realistic hopes for a future beyond poverty Second it offered a realistic tough minded approach for generating humanistic results In Shriver s words The simplest description of the War on Poverty is that 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 Third it was nonpartisan Shriver celebrated the fact that Congress passed the Equal Opportunity Act in August of 1964 with bipartisan support 61 32 in the Senate and 226 184 in the House He maintained that this approach was rooted in the founding spirit and values of the nation The war against poverty is part of the same battle we have fought ever since a struggling nation was established on the edge of a wild and new continent It is a battle to allow every citizen the full reward of his capacity Other nations have had other reasons for existence The American nation exists for that purpose to bring opportunity to all By quantitative

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - 2014/15 Shriver Program Undergraduate Fellows Announced
    GA and Helen Ho of El Monte CA Read their bios here In the coming months the 14 Shriver Fellows will participate in weekly workshops at the IOP led by Jamie Price the executive director of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute and Dillan Siegler director of partnerships and engagement at the Institute of Politics As part of the workshops the Shriver Fellows will work together to address a complex urban challenge that they have been tasked with solving During the summer Shriver Fellows will be matched with public service mentors and will participate in 10 week paid internships where they will gain hands on experience in problem solving and program building across disciplines The Fellows will be learning to employ Sargent Shriver s approach to peace building and social change in an effort to solve deep rooted problems of human dignity in Chicago Price said I m excited to learn what they will discover and what they will do For me it s also wonderful for the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute to work with the Institute of Politics and the University of Chicago on a project that in my view is on the cutting edge of social change values and practical methodology The program made possible by the generous support of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute launched last September bringing to life the legacy and methods of Sargent Shriver who under President John F Kennedy led the creation of the Peace Corps and at the request of President Lyndon B Johnson served as Director of the War on Poverty During the Fall Quarter the Shriver Program kicked off with four in depth workshops focusing on the creation of the Peace Corps http politics uchicago edu pages shriver program for leadership in public service For more information about the IOP please

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Blog Landing Page
    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 Fri Sep 19 16 02 00 EDT 2014 Fri Sep 19 16 02 00 EDT 2014 The Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service by University of Chicago Institute of Politics CHICAGO The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service a new initiative to engage a select group of third year UChicago undergraduates in a yearlong program of practical training in public service leadership READ MORE In the News 0 Thu Jul 17 16 07 00 EDT 2014 Thu Jul 17 16 07 00 EDT 2014 AP Maria Shriver Launches Shriver Corps by Beth Harpaz Maria Shriver is launching a new U S volunteer initiative called the Shriver Corps named in part

    Original URL path: http://www.sargentshriver.org/blog/in-the-news (2015-03-26)
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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Classic Sarge
    on what my mind and heart are doing when I allow myself to engage genuinely with a classic work of art it struck me the same thing happens when I allow myself to become deeply engaged with Sarge with his achievements his decisions his speeches the programs he created As Glenn points out when we genuinely open ourselves to the experience of a classic we discover an unaccountable vastness of soul and depth of personal development We discover to our bemusement consternation and wonderment that a classic knows us far better than we know ourselves Again in Glenn s words we discover that it is we who are being scrutinized we who are being revealed analyzed to ourselves and forced to consider ourselves in new ways Harold Bloom made a similar observation about the works of Shakespeare You can bring absolutely anything to Shakespeare he said and the plays will light it up far more than what you bring will illuminate the plays So it s not that Shakespeare or any other classic tells us what to think or to value but that to experience a classic is to have our thinking and valuing lit up to experience ourselves thrown back on ourselves and forced to consider ourselves in a broader horizon of thinking and caring I have spoken to countless Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and poverty lawyers over the years as well as to people who in one way or another knew Sarge or participated in programs he designed and led Community Action Head Start Job Corps Upward Bound Foster Grandparents Community Health Services Consistently they report that their engagement with Sarge and in those programs was life altering that they found themselves lit up Using the blog category we ve entitled What Would Sarge Say I will bring

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Blog Landing Page
    learn from the framework he established to create a more just understanding and peaceful world 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

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