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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's "The Can Do Spirit of Those Times"
    confess that I have stolen the whole list from a 1990 speech by George Romney twice Republican Governor of Michigan candidate for the Republican nomination for President and former Chief Executive Officer of American Motors Corporation He is no wide eyed liberal without successful experience in our free enterprise system Romney is an entrepreneur who led a company which created thousands of jobs and competed vigorously with the so called big Three auto manufacturers Is George Romney a liberal when he calls for a social perestroika Listen to his words not mine Communism s economic failure makes the Soviet Union s future dependent on the success of its economic perestroika At the same time the magnitude of the United States economic success has spawned social problems that make our future dependent upon the organization and success of a social perestroika For proof of Romney s thesis one need not go beyond Johnson s original War Against Poverty We all know that Johnson s War Against Poverty has been vilified and ridiculed We know it was a failure don t we That s what we ve been told by Ronald Reagan and a dozen Washington pundits who ve never served in a slum nor tutored a Hispanic child as LBJ did nor given work to an unemployed black man But the truth is that under LBJ the War on Poverty created Head Start the Job Corps Community Action Foster Grandparents Upward Bound Community Health Centers Legal Services VISTA College Work Study programs ten National Programs all still in existence all helping millions of Americans today Mrs Reagan said Foster Grandparents was her favorite program She bragged about Foster Grandparents until she found out that a Democrat had started it George Bush now selects Head Start for his largest domestic initiative 25 years after Head Start was begun by Democrats Job Corps11 has been called one of the most successful job training programs ever created Legal Services despite Reagan s desire to kill it is still alive and still serving the poor with the strong support of the A B A Nine hundred eighty Community Action Agencies are still alive all across America Eight hundred and twenty three Community Health Centers continue their daily work for the poor Never has a national failure created so many successful initiatives for so many people Compare these Johnson achievements to the S L Scandal to the Iran Gate disgrace to the HUD fiascos to the convicted felon who became famous during Nixon s Watergate to the fat cats who profited from Reagan s trickle down theories of economic justice Never has so much taxpayer money been wasted on so many thugs and incompetents as under Nixon and Reagan By comparison not person in Johnson s War Against Poverty was ever convicted of any criminal offense The ideal of public service flourished under Kennedy and Johnson The Cabinet officers chosen by Kennedy and continued in office by Johnson served longer and with greater distinction than any

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at a Symposium on the 1960 West Virginia Primary
    and for the future I think we did learn one or two or three profound truths here in West Virginia truths relevant for today truths which we can see even now changing the face of the political and moral landscape of the world in Central Europe in Africa in the Middle East Maybe soon here in our own country once again these truths will raise our own sights and hearts First of all the West Virginia Primary proved that ordinary people are more perceptive about human nature more capable of evaluating character and more responsive and open hearted in responding to honest truth telling talk than so called experts realize Kennedy never underestimated the intelligence of the voters He never talked down to them never played to their prejudices or emotions never manipulated them or sought to arouse their fears or less noble qualities of their spirit He trusted their brains he appealed to their better nature he had confidence in their humanity Secondly Kennedy never ducked an issue never tried to avoid a difficult problem That s why he explained his religious beliefs and convictions and at the same time his commitments to our American Constitution and separation of Church and state without equivocation or double talk without any trace of dissimulation or artifice Many times in this state I saw people listening to Kennedy from inside their houses peeking out from behind drawn curtains unwilling to appear near Kennedy in public but anxious to hear his voice and see his figure For they thought that maybe this time there was a politician they could trust He did not speak in long complicated sentences He did not use big words or flowery oratorical language He spoke man to man down to earth about jobs about poverty about religious prejudice about his plans for America He never talked down to anybody anywhere Third we learned in the West Virginia Primary that Kennedy was willing to stake his political future on the voters in a state far distant in every way from his own Why Because he had confidence in their intelligence in their honesty in their humanity He believed they would vote for him if he told them the truth even if he did talk with a Yankee accent Moreover he had courage He was willing to stake his future on West Virginia Kennedy s confidence in West Virginians was not misplaced His honesty with them was exactly the same honesty and clarity and directness that reached across the world and touched even those Russians in Central Asia What difference does this West Virginia Primary make even now I believe this primary tells us that the leaders of America today should follow Kennedy s example in West Virginia They should be telling the Russians and the peoples of all the Eastern bloc and in South Africa in simple straight forward honest language what we believe what we are willing to do with them if they are ready to join with

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remembrance of Bill Mullins
    Pittsburgh But finally I did telephone the Mayor and he said immediately Of course I won t stand in Bill s way He d love a chance to work in Washington in the Kennedy Administration He ll be excellent Sure Go ahead Ask him So I did And he came And he joined Bill Moyers George McCarthy Frank Mankiewicz Frank Williams and all the other luminaries of those early days of the Kennedy years He stayed with us for 15 or 16 years He worked in every project visited every city and state joined in every campaign fought for every program from Headstart to the Job Corps to VISTA helped bring up my children as well as his own and kept his sense of humor Most important he wrote all the entertaining things I ever said Even for my own Class Reunion at Yale my 35th Reunion when he was barely 35 himself he gave me these marvelous openers the first words I addressed to my old friends I don t really know why I was asked to give this speech Maybe it s a consolation prize The rest of you in the class have been successful I ran for Vice President In fact I m the only guy in the class who ran for Vice President I m also the only Vice Presidential nominee who ever lost 49 States In fact I checked and the results were not as bad as they look I got as many popular votes as Grover Cleveland did But in 1884 he won Actually Yale did a lot for me I think I ve done all right because of what I learned here and how hard I have worked It just goes to show how much a young man with a Yale education can accomplish if he marries Eunice Kennedy All of us have noticed how much things have changed since we first came to New Haven in the 1930s For example this afternoon I was talking to one of our classmates who told me Of course I m confused I have a daughter at Yale and a son at Vassar On and on went Bill Mullins words Up and up went my reputation And truthfully on and on we went together the two of us and our families experiencing the closest friendship the lowest points in our lives as well as the peaks growing ever more profoundly together So much so that Bill s final fight against cancer just topped a lifetime of friendship for us all These last few years I ve been most impressed by his faith I ve never known anyone who has exhibited and expressed a deeper trust in the saving power of God God s mercy and benevolence became more and more a central reality in Bill s life and thought His love for his children and his joy in his fabulous Grandchild young Bill Mullins the second who is with us this morning All of these blessings

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address at the 71st Annual Convention of the New York State School Boards Association
    and put to use in America s schools in the first six months of the book s publication Published by McGraw Hill and already in a second edition written by experts from Teachers College Columbia University with six years in the field in the testing and experimental stage these books are part of a national program called A Community of Caring The Community of Caring is relevant to this convention because it is a national program aimed at turning all schools into communities of caring not just schools as community but schools which become communities of caring communities which involve not just teachers and students but janitors bus drivers coaches of athletic teams administrative officials security guards parents everyone in fact connected to the individual school What are the results so far Over a four year period in New Haven the number of teenage pregnancies in a junior high school there dropped from more than 20 per annum to zero So did the drop out rate In Sacramento CA the Superintendent and the Board of Education have decided to install the Community of Caring throughout their whole system In Newark New Jersey in Kansas City Missouri in Richmond Virginia results have been approximately the same The Community of Caring is the only Title XX Federal Program based on an entire school wide and community approach to adolescent pregnancy prevention It is the only program endorsed of its kind by experts like the State Superintendents of Public Instruction in Texas and California by Professors like Robert Bellah Michael Timpane and William Sullivan by medical doctors psychiatrists and pediatricians The Community of Caring turns schools into true communities comprehensive because everyone is included focused because it deals with the social and educational problems of all the people in the school successful because it establishes the foundation for and the encouragement of conduct significantly different than what s endemic in many junior high and high schools in our country The second suggestion I have for your consideration involves a new intervention program aimed at school drop outs or near dropouts children at risk aged ten to seventeen This program is in Baltimore MD It s new but the State of Maryland has already doubled its financial commitments it s financed by private foundations and operated by college graduates all under thirty years of age and it s integrated into the graduate program of The University of Maryland at its Baltimore County Campus The title of this novel program is CHOICE CHOICE is novel because It operates seven days a week Its employees all college graduates are in contact three to five times daily with every youngster assigned to the program by the schools or the courts or the health agencies It involves parents and other family members in the reorganization and redirection of the lives of the at risk youngsters in the program It provides 24 hour a day crisis intervention It is located in the middle of the geographic area where its

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks Announcing Special Olympics New York Metro Tournament
    St Paul Minnesota So Effective is an exact word Mr Mayor to describe Special Olympics And we are right in the moral sense of that word and in the sense that we are in tune with the times Individual human beings today want to help individuals not get lost in mass movements They want to help hands on see the results of their own efforts not only in raising money or planning events but in the eyes of the persons whom they help Special Olympics creates those hands on opportunities We by pass bureaucracy and put millions of human beings together side by side mano e mano helping one another and in the process fulfilling their own humanity What difference does all this mean for New York What s new about Special Olympics for New York First we believe Special Olympics can help bring together New Yorkers of all races all economic groups all boroughs all ages in a united effort which will help unite the entire population of this vast metropolitan area In Special Olympics Everybody Wins athletes parents coaches financiers lawyers accountants athletic officials and political leaders That s why our slogan says Special Olympics the World of Winners We have no losers in Special Olympics That s the way the world should be and would be if we all really helped one another But we don t sugarcoat reality We demand and get real competition We run real races jump real hurdles swim great distances ride real horses etc We have our 1st 2nds and 3rds but we also recognize and reward all the contestants Everybody participates Everybody overcomes even if the triumph is only over one s own problem It s important too that our Games most often take place in educational institutions like St John

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Address to the Center of Specialized Occupational Training
    sports competition and training to improve the physical coordination and competence of millions of persons with mental retardation We have used training in sports to raise the confidence and coordination of persons with mental retardation We have made millions of persons with mental retardation happier human beings more self sufficient persons We now have thousands who can give a speech before large audiences of persons just like ourselves We have used sports training and competition to improve physical abilities yes but in doing so we raise the self confidence and even the mental competence of our athletes In truth Special Olympics has opened a new era a new way of life for persons with mental retardation Do we succeed fully with everyone Of course we do not But pause for a moment and listen to these extraordinary facts First 1 500 000 persons are now training and competing daily in our sports programs around the world Second 106 countries now have Special Olympics programs working for their citizens with mental retardation Third Special Olympics has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee We are the only organization authorized to use the word Olympics in our name and title We are members of the Olympic Academy at Olympia itself Fourth We have scientific and medical committees to assure the accuracy and appropriateness of our training programs and competitions Finally please let me emphasize that we insist that all our participants be accepted as full citizens of their communities They must be educated to the maximum of their ability They must be employed in regular work in hotels in restaurants in manual labor in assembly plants They must be given opportunities for normal social life for entertainment for recreation for full citizenship Of course we have not reached or helped everyone with

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks at Torch Lighting Ceremony
    competing in Olympic style Games and exercises By the year 2 000 there well may be 3 000 000 athletes in Special Olympics human beings who in times past had no chance to compete in any sport no chance for employment no chance for marriage no chance for children no chance for jobs no chance for independence no chance for human dignity All this has now changed Special Olympics has already opened opportunities for millions but the growth of Special Olympics and the acceptance by civilized society of the graduates so to speak of Special Olympics means that this decade and the next century will witness phenomenal unprecedented growth in this movement All of us thank Greece for the inspiration which made the original Olympics possible Mrs Mitsotakis honors us with her presence and so does your Minister of Sports Mrs Fani Palli Petralia and all the other dignitaries gathered here We are grateful for your presence and support But our heroes and heroines are the Special Olympic athletes gathered here and their colleagues around the world Let us celebrate them and thank them for opening our eyes our minds and our hearts to their humanity In ancient days and in numerous cultures since then human beings with mental retardation have been derided scorned ostracized and even killed In this century mentally retarded persons were systematically put to death in Hitler s Germany and even today in 1991 mentally retarded babies are frequently aborted in nations by people who claim to be civilized The International Olympic Committee however has courageously endorsed Special Olympics Our Games our rules our training manuals have been approved by sports authorities medical societies national and religious leaders But no approval or moment surpasses this occasion when a symbolic flame is lighted from the Grecian sun

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's Remarks to the American Association on Mental Retardation
    title like that before No one had ever called a person with mental disabilities an athlete a competitor a winner Almost no such person had ever run a race played a team sport shot a basket thrown a baseball kicked a soccer ball jumped over a high jump bar But once the world saw that people with mental retardation could do all these things and do them well and go on to do them better the idea and the organization literally swept through the nations of the world Think of it this coming July 20 at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis not 1 000 athletes but 6 000 will take part in the Opening Ceremonies of the 8th International Special Olympics Games Not a handful of parents but almost 10 000 family members will be in the stands And they will not sit conspicuously alone as they did in 1968 There will be 50 000 other cheering spectators in those stands who will have come to see to hear to catch the glorious spirit of one of the most thrilling events of our time The athletes and their coaches will come not from a single program in one of 26 states but from almost every county in every State Not from one country outside of the United States our good neighbor Canada but from more than 100 countries from every continent They will come from every racial and ethnic group From every culture all of them united under the Special Olympics flag sending a powerful message of unity and peace from the 21st Century to remind us what we can and must become And imagine this Special Olympics was not launched by a bureaucracy It wasn t tied to a political party by grants of money It didn t originate in some think tank or even an airing as smart and dedicated as yours In fact when my wife started Special Olympics many learned experts and professional organizations said It can t be done It shouldn t be done It will do more harm than good People with mental disabilities can t run 300 yards they said They can t swim and dive They can t learn a team sport And above all they can t understand the meaning of competition They won t know what it means to win and they ll be crushed when they don t win My wife didn t believe any of this She had run a summer day camp for years and she knew what fine athletes people with mental retardation could be if they were only given the chance And she was right But what she was most right about was the meaning and value of sports as the vehicle for changing the lives of millions of special people She recognized that sports is the unifying activity which brings everyone together Sports is a universal language even more so than music because sports is conducted by rules and according to standards

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