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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Remarks at the Special Olympics Argentina Gala
    Olympics athletes their families and all the friends of Special Olympics In all Special Olympics Games everywhere our athletes are required to recite the Special Olympics Oath before they compete in any of our events That Oath says Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt Tonight I say to everyone in this large distinguished and even brilliant audience Oh Lord Let me speak eloquently tonight but if I fail to do so let me be brave in the attempt Brave because all Special Olympics athletes their coaches their parents their siblings and their friends deserve to be acclaimed by all peoples Why Because all these people work year round for Special Olympics and none of them gets paid anything in money they are inspired to do this work by God or by their own human compassion The result of their work is unprecedented in sports or in philanthropies Unprecedented because their work has cut the cost of Special Olympics to 140 per annum per athlete No world wide charity has ever rendered so much help to so many people at such low cost We now have 1 200 000 athletes by 2010 AD we will have 3 000 000 registered athletes We will then have more athletes than any sports movement I speak in these generalities and abstract terms only to make one blunt statement of fact now Special Olympics may well be the first union of all people of all races and all creeds and of all economic and political systems joined together not to gain political or military or economic power but to serve the least of our brethren Let us always help and encourage our athletes because we need to be like them Happy to share what God has

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Remarks at the Ribbon Cutting and Signing Ceremony at the Shriver Center
    in the company of great friends like President Hrabowski John Martello Adam Yarmolinsky Harris Wofford and Mark Gearan but it is also an honor to be at UMBC the home of some of this nation s most innovative and committed educators That s a big statement but with all my heart I believe it to be true This is a great University and today we have all come together to celebrate the secret of its greatness The Secret of its Greatness Can you believe that in today s world of mass media and instant communication and overexposure of everything imaginable that there could be something great which is still a secret A secret just among us today in 1997 The answer is yes In fact the secret has been around a long time but still there are many who don t recognize it even when the secret is in their midst On January 24 1964 Thanat Khoman Foreign Minister of Thailand spoke on the occasion when Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok gave Honorary Degrees I was The Director of The Peace Corps It was a unique time in our nation s history We were full of power based on a spirited economic record We were still gripped by the tension of a Cold War that divided the world into the categories of freedom and communism Foreign Minister Kohman said It is indeed striking that this important idea the most powerful idea in recent times of A Peace Corps of youth mingling living working with youth should come from this mightiest nation on earth the United States Many of us who did not know about the United States thought of this great nation as a wealthy nation a powerful nation endowed with great material strength and many weapons But how many of us know that in the United States ideas and ideals are also powerful This is the secret of your greatness of your might which is not imposing on or crushing people but is filled with the hope of future goodwill and understanding Can these words still be true today Is the source of our greatness as a nation still a secret Can we still lay claim to the power of great ideals and unselfishness and their capacity to change the world I believe these words are still true today Four short years ago many of us from the State of Maryland and in particular from the great City of Baltimore gathered together to launch a multi University and multi disciplinary Center for addressing the separation between institutions of higher education and the real and sometimes painful world of human problems which surround them came together then Johns Hopkins University The University of Maryland at Baltimore The University of Maryland Baltimore County Morgan State The College of Notre Dame Coppin State Goucher College Loyola College The University of Baltimore and Towson State to dedicate ourselves to the proposition that learning and serving are not in conflict We spoke together then about

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver's "A Celebration of South Africa"
    and Romulo Bentencourt of Venezuela all were heroes of the first Peace Corps days But even the name of our organization The Peace Corps was bitterly contested Peace Corps was not the most popular title The most experienced advisors in government scoffed at that name They wanted a solid bureaucratic title like The Agency for Overseas Voluntary Service they did not want us to be an independent agency They wanted us to be part a small part of a new entity their agency for international development A I D Conservatives opposed the word Peace They maintained it sounded wishy washy vague and weak The Communists they said had corrupted the word Peace by applying it to every political initiative and even to every war they got involved in The left wing disliked the word Corps They said it sounded militaristic The famous German Afriker Corps victorious almost everywhere in Northern Africa fighting against the British and French under the German general Rommel was fresh in their minds Corps sounded like the army Finally I decided we d use both words put them together and get the best out of both of them Peace because that was truly our business and Corps because it showed that we were not individualists but a group I recommend now that we remember that beginning We risked everything then in a leap of faith that the Peace Corps would succeed We risked everything that volunteers would respond We were dedicated to the pursuit of peace we opposed the idea that war is inevitable We believed that with God s help we could rid the world of war We were a Corps a band of brothers and sisters united in the conviction that if we work hard enough to eradicate our fears and increase the reach

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the CEO Luncheon
    example we have just created Special Olympics Europe Eurasia an entity with its own full time staff and its own Board of Advisers We have 50 European Eurasian nations in that one entity Those 50 European nations have never before been united in any enterprise All of those countries in the old days with their famous and infamous leaders Julius Caesar Napoleon Bonaparte Attila the Hun Hitler Stalin the Kaisers of Germany the Czars of Russia killed more people than the total population of the United States today Now they are all united in the Special Olympics Movement No military or political leader has ever accomplished that miracle with them We are not only changing the lives of the Special Olympics athletes we are altering the lives perceptions and world views of everyone around them Whole populations of persons with mental retardation across North America Latin America Asia Africa Europe for centuries have been told You are worthless You cannot achieve You are losers But we say to them You are valuable You can achieve You are winners You need only hear from a few Special Olympics athletes and their family members to grasp the Movement s ability to change lives Edward Hunnicutt who participates in our urban program in Dallas Texas says I was headed down the wrong path but now I am into a lot of great things and my jump shot gets better all the time Brazilian athlete Emilia de Souza Camargo says simply Special Olympics has changed my life All of the other girls say hello to me now and ask me to play with them I love Special Olympics because it has helped me become a part of everyone else s world That is what the Special Olympics Miracle is about Changing the World Respected leaders from around the world recognize and hail the life affirming work of Special Olympics From Pope John Paul II in Rome to Prince Charles of England from Czech President Vaclav Havel to President Salfaro of Italy from the leaders of Egypt and Algeria and Israel and Jordan in the North to Nelson Mandela of South Africa to the leaders of the People s Republic of China Taiwan Singapore Hong Kong to all the countries of South Asia South America and the huge populations of China India Indonesia and Russia Special Olympics is officially approved There are Special Olympics programs in the Middle East in Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Palestine Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates More and more we are touching the lives of people who have not yet had access to all the myriad benefits Special Olympics offers We are bypassing the barriers of race gender religion and nationality Together we are doing no less than creating a new global reality But and there is always a But while Special Olympics currently reaches more than one million athletes there are 175 million people around the world with mental retardation Each one of the 175 million rich and poor

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Chesterfield Smith Speech
    Supreme Court by any Legal Aid or Legal Services lawyer in U S history Thank God we won On another occasion I got a phone call at O E O from Bill Wirtz the Secretary of Labor in Kennedy s and in Lyndon Johnson s Cabinets He was being bombarded with lawsuits from the California Rural Legal Assistance Program one of our newest initiatives in Legal Services for the Poor We were contesting the legality of a Labor Department program which imported seasonal cheap labor from Mexico to harvest fruit crops in California The young lawyers at CFLA brought suit to require the employment of local labor before importing foreign workers So on the telephone was Bill Wirtz an excellent Labor lawyer and law professor my friend from our Chicago days when we both worked for Adlai Stevenson He said to me Sarge what the hell are you doing I used to get a lot of what the hell are you doing phone calls in those days You re preventing my people from doing their jobs he said I replied Bill are you suggesting that I should try to prevent the Legal Services lawyers from pursuing possible remedies at law on behalf of the poor citizens of California Legal Services was established to help the poor of our own country before we import foreign cheap workers who are not even citizens of our country Finally after a long long pause Bill said Well Sarge I see what you mean and he slammed the phone down And that was the end of the Department of Labor s protest against Legal Services for the Poor Bill Wirtz was an exceptional man of great learning in the law experienced in government and sensitive to human rights but he had never really looked at the situation within his own Department from the narrow if you will viewpoint of the poor These two stories exemplify that no matter how well motivated persons may be how eager to do the right thing for the poor we can have our senses dulled over the years Sometimes we don t really see the unfairness we are involved in We need to be shown In every society there is a tendency for those getting along successfully not to be sensitive to the human problems the poor confront every day That s a universal truth It was true in Biblical times it s true tonight almost everywhere I believe on earth even in 1998 Where do we as citizens of the USA stand today Have our early efforts in the 1960 s achieved nationwide success Does Justice with a capital letter J reign everywhere in our land The answer to these questions is No Throughout the 1980 s urged on by Ronald Reagan our Nation s most narrow minded and powerful opponent of Legal Services for the Poor the scope of the national Legal Services Program for the Poor was continuously reduced the financial resources were cut in half and

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Address to the Northern Montgomery County Women's Democratic Club
    Corps The Job Corps Legal Services for the Poor of Community Action Head Start and of the 1964 Civil Rights legislation But we are in danger of losing that kind of progress No one wants to enter politics these days Why First The amount of work you have to put in night and day 365 days a year to be a success doesn t earn you the respect of lots of people and Second You have to work it seems for ten or fifteen years to get to a point where you are influential Third Even when you are influential you are continually required to compromise your ideas in order to gain support from others so that legislation you propose can pass In other words you have to spend months and months and years and years to get to a point where you can hope to have a moderate amount of power to achieve the goals you have set Compare these facts to life in business today Just last week the April 27th issue of the Washington Posts s Business Section was devoted to the New Guard On the cover were pictured nine people who were described in the article as representing a changing of the guard in Washington business They re young most in their forties They re building new businesses on the cutting edge of technology and finance They re having fun just look at their smiles And why not They re creating wealth on a scale this region has never seen Why wouldn t any bright young man or woman want to join their ranks instead of becoming a politician at 1 10th the pay and 100 times the time and effort Ask Mark Shriver In the last session of the Legislature he expedited the building of an essential bridge on Route 28 He originated the program to suspend the Driver s Licenses of men who fail to pay their debts to their divorced wives who need the money to take care of their children What results 22 million dollars to those women from their ex husbands Annually those women are getting 30 million plus from those men who in 1990 to 1997 gave their wives nothing This year the Maryland House of Delegates added 50 million dollars for school construction money desperately needed here in our county Mark Shriver was a leader in that effort And he s active in our county in boys and girls clubs in civic organizations in the business community and with its leaders How does he do all these things and simultaneously work seven days a week with his wife Jeanne as the two of them create a fabulous tender adoring atmosphere for their brand new baby Molly who is only two months old Don t ask me how he does it or how she does it I can only say they both perform their roles with extraordinary compassion joy and success What difference does all of this make or mean

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Yale 60th Class Reunion In Memory of Ev Hosley
    him for his happy disposition his sharp wit and his never ending desire and success in making life itself much more fun and inspiring for everyone Hos was always able to make the crowd happy no matter how controversial the subject matter of the evening or argumentative by nature the participating lawyers He worked his magic on behalf of the Yale Hockey Association on behalf of Mory s The New Haven Lawn Club the Country Club and even with high tension business leaders on the Boards of the First New Haven National Bank The Peoples Bank and The Grace New Haven Hospital No wonder he received the Mory s Cup for conspicuous service to Yale He could also have been easily cited by Yale University for distinguished service for God for country and for Yale In one sentence Hos was the faultless unblemished paragon we all should hope to be or to become To all these words of mine a cynic or a skeptic might respond by saying All that talk about Hos and his virtues doesn t mean much He didn t create a new World or even a new New Haven His name will not go down in history even in local history He was a good guy OK but no one except his family members probably will be changed or improved or made richer or happier by what Hos did To which I reply would that every family possessed an Ev Hosley within its ranks Would that every town or city had a hundred Ev Hosleys or a thousand citizens of dedication intelligence and energy equal to his Our country and all the world would be different and much much better In fact if America could find and enroll a million Ev Hosleys into a new Army

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the T.S. Wooten High School Commencement
    and the world the power of belief in the simple idea of equality He brought that vision to reality in the villages and cities of our country Now you must enter the future with your own beliefs beliefs for which you are willing to give your lives Be you doctors or lawyers teachers or technicians parents or politicians you must challenge the world with images and actions that jar the comfortable make the complex simple nurture the family and bring justice to all the people in our country And in every corner of the world I for my part hope you will think hope and believe in the universal need for peace Let peace be the new metaphor for your times We have just experienced a century of the worst wars and devastations in history We have killed more human beings in the 20th Century than in any period of history So I hope your actions and successes will establish the 21st Century as The Century of Peace You do not have to know in advance exactly how to wage peace We certainly did not know exactly how to organize and lead the Peace Corps None of us knew what a Peace Corps was specifically or even if it would work Young and enthusiastic Volunteers plunged into a world of languages we did not understand and people whose customs were totally unknown and foreign to us They made the Peace Corps a success We managed to create a precious moment and a new reality in history Yet today the Peace Corps should be at least triple its current size Maybe you the Class of 98 can be leaders in a national effort to allocate more money for peace through the Peace Corps rather than the colossal expenditures we now waste in arming poverty stricken nations with lethal weapons Bring peace to our communities at home too Dedication and extra efforts are needed to triple the Job Corps a proven success in training for the future tens of thousands of young men and women Volunteer to help the Job Corps Agitate for its enlargement You will be helping to make taxpayers out of tax eaters rooting out drugs and corruption in the process You won t get rich dollar wise working for the Job Corps but you will be rebuilding America and making great cities safe for democracy That chance is yours Peace comes also from those who serve the least among us Special Olympics has convinced me of that truth In 30 years Special Olympics has expanded from its start with 1 200 athletes in Chicago to 1 200 000 athletes all with mental retardation in 145 countries No private philanthropy has grown so fast and so effectively in the entire 20th Century Never before in the history of the world has there been any comprehensive program for persons with mental retardation There are now 175 000 000 human beings on earth afflicted with mental retardation Yet with one hundredth

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