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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at the Memorial for Adam Yarmolinsky
    in the Mayflower Hotel started telephoning friends asking them to come to that hotel and help me start the new Program Kennedy wanted Among the first to show up for work in this new enterprise was Adam Yarmolinsky I did not know Adam I did not know about his spectacular academic career But he showed up self motivated at the temporary office of the embryonic Peace Corps We all five of us were located on the second floor of an unoccupied space formerly occupied by a business concern directly across the street from the Hotel Mayflower Yes he showed up voluntarily And he never left What did he do He did everything that none of us could do He wrote everything we needed He composed paragraph after paragraph He recommended people to help us people whom we had never heard of He was available 24 hours night and day and ran everything superbly He became immediately a creative power in the thinking in the planning in the organization and the financing problems of this fledgling unprecedented creation originated by President Kennedy Adam also became one of my personal friends I lived many hours with him in all kinds of differing situations I admired him from the first days when we came together to create the new Governmental initiative the Peace Corps So I knew him man to man face to face from the early days of 1961 until the latter days of his life From the very first days until the last of our friendship I was always deeply impressed by the sheer brilliance of his mind He was surely one of the most thoughtful and helpful men in the United States government from the earliest days of the Kennedy Administration But the brilliance of his mind was matched by his modesty He always worked well with everyone engaged in new creations during the Kennedy and Johnson regimes His perseverance was exceptional He listened carefully to everyone and had an immense rectitude of spirit He worked incredibly long hours and his perseverance night and day in serving our Government in Washington was an example of the spirit and commitment of the highest officials and the most imaginative ones in the Kennedy Government in the 1960s Adam was also a man of great modesty when he worked as the top adviser to Bob McNamara at the very time when our capacities and strengths as a military power were increased till they transcended everything which had gone before and established a basis for everything which has come since then He was truly reliable totally committed to the service of our country a man admired by all who were lucky enough to work with him or for him in his days with the Peace Corps and in his years with the Defense Department and during his illustrious career as Provost and then distinguished Regents Professor of Public Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Adam was Provost of UMBC when the Shriver

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Address to The Yale Law School Association
    young inexperienced idealistic but bright bright bright young lawyers in their 20s and 30s eager to take on huge established bureaucracies In the very first year eight of their initiatives were challenged by experienced lawyers Those challenges went to the U S Supreme Court and our lawyers won them all One of the cases which made a particular impression involved New York State where there was a residency requirement before poor persons could receive welfare payments Migrants and others coming into the States could not get on the public welfare rolls for a number of years about 5 1 believe I had grown up thinking that the States were well within their rights to establish their own standards in such matters Otherwise I thought the progressive generous States would be flooded by refugees from the more parsimonious States But these young Legal Services Lawyers came along and took that case with a different approach right to the Supreme Court and won it Thousands of poor people were helped immeasurably by that decision It was young unspoiled visionary lawyers who had the freshness of thinking and courage to achieve that victory On another occasion I got a phone call at O E O from the Secretary of Labor He was being bombarded with lawsuits from the California Rural Legal Assistance Program one of our newest initiatives They were contesting the legality of a Labor Department Program which imported seasonal cheap labor from Mexico to harvest crops in California CRLA brought suit to require the employment of local labor before importing foreign workers So on the telephone Bill Wirtz an excellent labor lawyer and law professor one of my friends from our Chicago days when we both worked for Adlai Stevenson said to me Sarge what the hell are you doing I got a lot of what the hell are you doing phone calls in those days You are 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 That was the end of the Department of Labor s protest against Legal Services for 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

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Presentation of International Statesman Award of The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
    an outstanding group of nominees Her tireless work on behalf of individuals with disabilities particularly those with mental retardation has earned her the Joseph P Kennedy Jr International Award Fortunately the winner of this Award Mrs Barbara Schmidbauer is the parent of a child with Down Syndrome She has been a member of the European Parliament where she has long championed policies for people with mental handicaps and other disabilities She has brought her advocacy to the highest forum As the Chair of the European Parliament s Intergroup on Disability Ms Schmidbauer mobilized support for a non discrimination clause for disabled persons in the European Union Treaties She also produced the European Parliament Resolution on the Rights of Mentally Handicapped People That legislation produced civil rights for persons with mental retardation including early education vocational training and independent living support Her work in the European Parliament also opened transportation telecommunication and postal services for persons with disabilities and the promotion of the use of sign language Ms Schmidbauer continues her advocacy work in her current role with the European Disability Forum No one in Europe or elsewhere has surpassed Mrs Schmidbauer in her devotion to the mentally handicapped and her success in establishing new legal rights and services for every mentally handicapped person everywhere in Europe Therefore no one deserves greater recognition than Mrs Schmidbauer The modern world is a happier and more civilized place for everyone because of Mrs Schmidbauer s dedication and service for all the thousands with mental retardation It is with great respect and pleasure that I present to you Mrs Schmidbauer this beautiful Art Crystal Award created by Sandor Varga who transforms every piece of crystal into magnificent works of art So Mrs Schmidbauer it is with great pleasure that I have the hon or

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at the Young Presidents Organization Dinner
    prime time radio nation wide that I was his selection to create and manage his newest initiative the War Against Poverty Today I am happy to tell you that yes we did start a War on Poverty We created nine brand new programs in 10 months None of them were authorized or approved or financed by the Congress until 12 months after we started them President Johnson gave me all the money we needed out of his Presidential Discretionary funds All of those old War Against Poverty initiatives exist today In the aggregate their combined budgets today are approximately 15 billion dollars of which at least six billion comes from the private sector The titles of those initiatives reveal their purposes Legal Services for the Poor The Job Corps for the Poor Community Action for the Poor Upward Bound for the Poor Head Start for the Poor Foster Grandparents for the Poor VISTA Volunteers In Service to America for the Poor Indian Opportunities for the Poor Indians living on Reservations Green Thumb for Poor Rural Americans Every one of these initiatives is a service initiative Every one of them is a call to service Every one operates a the community level every one of them tries to help the poor and every one succeeds in doing so What many of you may not know is that all of these programs were started with the aid and wisdom expertise and enthusiastic encouragement of the private sector The Job Corps is one example I had a Business Leadership Advisory Council working with me on this program Among the members of that Council were the CEOS of Dow Chemical Kaiser Aluminum Xerox Campbell Soup IBM The Hotel Corporation of America and representatives of the Labor Unions in our country Since 1964 the Job Corps has trained and educated almost two million young people 70 000 young Americans each year volunteer to join the Job Corps They obtain academic vocational and life time skills They experience what it s like to enter the job world through internships with private sector employers 70 of Job Corps Graduates succeed in jobs in the private sector upon completing their courses 10 enroll in higher education Private industry still supports the Job Corps Some of them like Pennzoil Quaker State save 6 000 in training coats on each Job Corps graduate they employ The Job Corps is still supported by big business and small community business throughout our country It is a perfect partnership between government and business where everyone wins And our entire nations if better off Although the initiatives which I have mentioned in these remarks are historically successful they are not enough nor are they organized enough to deal with some of the critical up to date questions which now confront our country Therefore I urge everyone in this audience to think as deeply as they can about the kinds of new initiatives which can be started by our government or by the States or

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Shriver Living Learning Center
    all our people into the new 21st Century and all the new problems that Century is already presenting to our country Sure it s inspiring and even comforting to realize that our country the U S A has become the most powerful nation on Earth financially militarily multi lingually intellectually No nation in World History has ever accomplished and enjoyed physical domination of the entire geographical world Nor has any nation presented to the entire World such an inspiring and visionary manifesto as our Declaration of Independence That Declaration in its first words and in its first sentences and in its last words where the authors of The Declaration pledge their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor to the fulfillment of every word and sentence in that visionary and unselfish document established a new society No wonder that we citizens were called then to follow them Citizens of our unique nation are always humbled by the vision and challenges of that Declaration We citizens today would never be where we are financially militarily politically respectfully were it not for the men who wrote that Document inspired thousands of men and women to live up to its words and unselfishly made the USA what it is today You John and Nancy are contemporary followers of that Declaration and UMBC is the grateful beneficiary of your vision and generosity But all of us here are also grateful to you both and to this University We are thankful that the two of you are not only graduates of famous universities in our southern U S States but also recipients of Awards from the Jerusalem Share Federal Medical Center in Israel The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins St Mary s Seminary in Baltimore and the University of Maryland Hospital also in Baltimore Now I find myself saying to myself Shriver sit down You will never surpass what you have already said But to you finally let me suggest for your consideration several new burgeoning realities already potential problems for the 21st Century First recent studies reveal that we now have in the U S A more poor people in the bottom levels of our society than we have ever had before The total now approximates 34 500 000 human beings At the same time in 1997 1 yes 1 of our total population of 248 709 873 had incomes of 718 000 or more per annum That means that only 2 487 098 had those large incomes and 246 222 775 had less than that upper crust Moreover if you can believe it the average income of the top 1 grew by 31 between 1995 and 1997 Or consider these figures 1 of our population enjoyed an increase of 41 in income from 1986 to 1997 Or in dollars from 273 562 to 517 713 after taxes I m not an expert on income figures but even I can see that today approximately 34 million American citizens are

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Speech at the 35th Anniversary of VISTA
    to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty by opening to everyone the opportunity to work and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity we recognized the power of these habits of the heart and the need to harness the energies of volunteerism for the great battles ahead In proposing VISTA Congress wrote these words into the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 our declaration of War Against Poverty a nationally sponsored program for full time volunteer service will afford an effective means of stimulating greater volunteer activities at all levels will encourage men and women to pursue the helping professions as a career and will make material contributions toward the elimination of the causes and effects of poverty For thirty five years this is precisely what VISTA and its Volunteers have sought to accomplish It s true they haven t been very visible They haven t made headlines I will wager most Americans don t even know they exist Why Because these Volunteers in the midst of the strongest economy this nation has known work and live where poverty is the greatest on the mean streets of our inner cities in rural pockets of poverty where the media rarely go VISTA has gone through many changes since its inception It has struggled against those who sought to close it down Now after five years as AmeriCorps VISTA we have 5 528 Volunteers serving in 1 167 projects around the country We should all pledge to double and triple these numbers Tonight I send my congratulations to all who have served in VISTA and to my good friends Harris Wofford and Jay Rockefeller who have never forgotten the poor of our country And this evening we should all remember George Romney who for many years spoke out

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Speech at The Annual Convention Of The National Center on Poverty Law
    Manager of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago So for my whole life I ve been trying to catch up to him Without success Until today Now today I have my first chance to give him something he has never had before It s not a Presidency He s had that for 48 years But it is the only National Award anywhere for Equal Justice Think of that Equal Justice for everyone everywhere should have been a national even an international objective for thousands of years But thanks be to almighty God and to the United States of America the first national program for equal justice for everyone everywhere came into existence here in the USA just last year here in Chicago No one deserves the award more than Father Theodore Hesburgh I am profoundly honored to be the person chosen to bestow this award upon you Father a world famous deeply beloved leader of our country in civil rights higher education and humanitarian service Everyone knows he has been a success in all these most important areas of national life Our next award which is completely equal I should emphasize to the first is being bestowed upon a most energetic farsighted courageous lawyer an exemplary member of the legal profession Mr Mickey Kantor I first came in contact with Mickey when he was a lawyer in the National Legal Services Program for the Poor which I started as part of the War Against Poverty It took vision courage to take part in that War Against Poverty but Mickey had still has those qualities Then Richard Nixon got elected President He set out promptly to terminate everything in the War Against Poverty But Mickey was totally opposed to Nixon s attitude Almost independently he became director of a new movement to

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at Special Olympics Gala to President and Mrs. Clinton
    cannot win by making your neighbor lose Those words were spoken three nights ago on a dark and cold night in Dundalk Ireland by President Clinton in his tireless quest to bring peace to the world especially in Ireland But those words also describe the extraordinary activity in which we have all taken part this evening It is a slogan which describes the outlook of Special Olympics It is a true summary of what Special Olympics exemplifies Everyone is a winner in Special Olympics because everyone in Special Olympics is doing his or her best In all the various contests and all are receiving recognition for their efforts President Clinton is a winner to many many Americans and people from foreign countries all around the world because he treats all citizens of all countries as winners like the athletes of Special Olympics President Clinton threats everyone with respect There are no boarders or boundaries We are all children of God Mrs Clinton is a winner too and not only in New York State She has worked tirelessly on behalf of children not only in our own country but all around the world Just as the athletes of Special Olympics who play together and compete against each other on playing fields all around the globe have taught us that we all have something to give we each have something to learn Mrs Clinton has taught us that it takes a village to raise a child Like you Mr President my wife loves and admires the Irish poet Yeats especially his wonderful words this where man s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends The glory is that the athletes of Special Olympics have you and Mrs Clinton as their friends Let s all drink

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