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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Presentation of the Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. Award for Equal Justice
    and one of the Big Six civil rights leaders along with Dr Martin Luther King Jr A Phillip Randolph Whitney Young James Farmer and Roy Wilkins His speech at the March calling for justice put him squarely in the national spotlight Congressman Lewis meaningful work is further strengthened by his talent his drive his ability to motivate others his compassion for humanity and his uncompromised belief in the American system and the people affected by it Not surprisingly John has been a strong and eloquent voice for equal justice in Congress He has served as the Chief Deputy and Democratic Whip for the past ten years and a member of the Democratic Steering Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus As a member of the very important Ways and Means Committee he is a voice for economic justice and for health care for all In opposing the 1996 welfare reform law he warned that it was a betrayal of a commitment to the most vulnerable people in our society The validity of his concerns have been borne out while some now call this welfare reform a success many understand that for those most vulnerable including those with disabilities and those whose children have special needs far more needs to be done Congressman Lewis is also a champion of affordable housing and the importance of strengthening communities He has focused attention on the rights of public housing tenants to have adequate representation on the boards of directors of local housing authorities He was a lead co sponsor of the historic Home Ownership Tax Credit that helped revive decaying neighborhoods while at the same time making homeownership more affordable for families with modest incomes And of course throughout his time in Congress John Lewis has been a strong voice in support of legal services for the poor and an important supporter of increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and against restrictions that limit the ability of legal aid attorneys to fully represent their clients As a nation we are currently struggling concerned about the future As people particularly concerned about the challenges that the new world order and the current economy bring to low income people John Lewis s message of hope is clear inspiring and powerful Tonight the National Center on Poverty Law honors Congressman John Lewis for his leadership and without question the inspiration and hope he offers so many in speaking out and fighting for fairness and for equal justice for all Most of all John may I encourage you to create and publicize your ideas of how we can successfully deal with the new challenges facing our country today Thanks to your work in the past we have a population much more integrated and unified But now we re confronted by enemies which operate from foundations which are to a considerable extent different from anything we have ever encountered in the Western World In my judgment John we ll have to explain more and more to our own

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Video Message for the Presentation of the Distinguished American Award
    for their day to day food drink and shelter never exceeded 20 00 per week The money allocated to them for their personal service abroad was given to them only after they had completed 2 years of work Even to this day in 2001 I believe Peace Corps volunteers receive nothing more in money for their service overseas than funds sufficient for them to live exactly like the people they serve All men and women who volunteer to serve as Peace Corps volunteers went through 2 to 3 months of rigorous training before they went abroad Their qualification for service received approval from the country to which they were being sent and their assignments within that country were selected by us but also the host countries involved Nothing like this procedure had ever been establish by this country and volunteers and approved by the host countries Some of our volunteers were not able to live up to and abide by these living conditions and minimum financial payments So some of those volunteers quit They came home discouraged or disgusted but their numbers were so few and their experience so depressing to them that they never protested the treatment given to them or the service demanded of them At least 90 of all the volunteers trained for service overseas stayed on the job Some of them even elected to continue their work overseas for a 3rd year but we at the Peace Corps Headquarters decided that after the 3rd year they should come home to reassess and talk with others about what they had done what their experience had been Many went to work at Peace Corps Headquarters many became boosters for the Peace Corps many formed little organizations of their own so as never to forget what they had done where they had done it and the results they had achieved and many of those organizations exist even today The spirit of these Peace Corp volunteers their loyalty to our country their dedication to the people with whom they lived abroad and their interest in all aspects the country where they lived continues even to this day They have become truthfully citizens of the world Nothing better illustrates that reality than the following historic episode On June 8 1962 I received a letter at the Peace Corps Headquarters from Elizabeth and Leonard Crozier who son David was the first Peace Corps volunteer to die overseas The Croziers quoted from a letter they had received from their son Should it come to it I had rather give my life trying to help someone than to give my life looking down a gun barrel at them The Croziers then added We are not sorry he David went to Columbia where he died I truly hope that one day in this new 21 St Century all of us Americans will think and act like the volunteers and their parents and friends who have made the Peace Corps unique courageous and emblematic of our

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games
    public education for all school age children regardless of disability But now his name will also go down in history as the man who first successfully inspired the U S Supreme Court to reject the death penalty for persons with mental retardation Please let all of us here tonight rise up in our seats and give huge congratulations to Stan Herr on his monumental Supreme Court victory Let s all stand up and clap now It also warms my heart to see so many of the Special Olympic athletes themselves as well as their families coaches and friends all present tonight Congratulations to them all And many cheers for the athletes especially I am lucky to have had the opportunity to join all of you this evening not simply to celebrate these wonderful athletes themselves but also to recognize the American Legion and all our military veterans who have been such important volunteers for Special Olympics Maryland As a veteran of WWII myself I am grateful that all of you would take the time to highlight the service our great nations received during WWII and the wars against Korea and Vietnam Thank you all for congratulating our veteran military leaders our sailors and soldiers and Marines Here in our state of Maryland is the place where Special Olympics was born developed and brought to worldwide attention How By the volunteer spirit and intellectual vision of my wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sure Eunice was born up there in Massachusetts with all the famous Kennedys but she invented Special Olympics right here in Maryland in our very own state Special Olympics now operates in 161 nations with 1 109 735 athletes participating But the worldwide headquarters are here in the capital of our country Washington D C which itself exists on land given to the USA as a gift from the State of Maryland Leaders of both Communist and Democratic countries participate in the Special Olympics People from every imaginable ethnicity age background financial status and time zone participate And so it is true that the sun never sets of the Special Olympics No other piece of land on earth can claim greater birthplace for a greater new movement in the 20th Century Maryland is the place where my wife Eunice first brought together athletic coaches experts on mental retardation and perfectly normal high school and college students as aides or helpers to assist in all athletic events for persons with mental retardation Why did Eunice Shriver do this Simply because she had reached the conviction that persons with mental retardation could do many things athletically that no one practically speaking had ever given them credit for So she experimented like a scientist And she succeeded Soon she had persons with mental retardation swimming in deep water climbing trees running races riding on ponies and more She did this every summer here in Maryland beginning in 1962 A Special Olympics Maryland coach Jeanne Ackerman was a swimming instructor at those summer camps

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Speech at the 6th Annual Job Corps Alpha Awards
    people I am thrilled to be here to present an Award to the Shriver Job Corps Center Who do you suppose that is named after Pause It s not named for my beautiful courageous and famous wife Eunice It s not named for my even more famous TV star daughter Maria It s not named for my father my grandfather or even my Great Great Great Grandfather who came to Maryland in 1735 and even fought in the famous American Revolution in 1775 and became a member of the Maryland Legislature in 1770 No Someone made a big mistake and named it for me Seriously I must tell you why I m proud Job Corps and especially the Shriver Center Did you know that Shriver is one of the top 10 Centers in the country The reason for that Is the hard work and strong management of Sue Larson the original Center Director I say original Center Director because Sue was just promoted to be Job Corps newest Regional Director Now she can apply her talents to impact the nine Centers she oversees in the Boston Region So I am happy to be here on my own behalf but also in memory of all the Shrivers of Westminster Baltimore Cumberland and all other parts of Maryland I will ask Anwar Sloane to help me present this momentous Award Anwar enters stage with Award ANWAR Hi Mr Shriver RSS Hello Anwar Are you ready ANWAR I sure am RSS Great Let s impress these people so they ll give us both jobs before the night s through OK ANWAR OK Tonight s first Award goes to a company that is named after out biggest and brightest star the SUN Microsystems Corporation RSS That s right One of the giants in the

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Speech at the Vigil for the 40th Anniversary of the Peace Corps
    would succeed We started in 1961 40 years ago We risked everything in a leap of Faith that the Volunteers would respond favorably to our call for Peace We opposed the idea that War is inevitable We believed that with God s help we could get rid of War We were a Corps a band of brothers and sisters united in the conviction that if we worked hard enough to eradicate our fears and increase the outreach of our Love we truly could avoid War and achieve Peace within our own selves within our Nation and around the world How and why could we hope and dream for such results We could do so because The Peace Corps seeks peace through Service not through economic strength or military power Service is at the heart and soul and substance of The Peace Corps Service however is a discredited word these days Who wants to be a servant No one Service implies servitude failure to achieve even equality let alone dominion Yet the Peace Corps exists to serve to help to care for our fellow human beings regardless of race color education or power The Peace Corps works its magic from below not from above It concentrates on basics food health education and community Peace Corps Volunteers are rarely in capital cities rarely seen with potentates They are almost un American in their willingness to serve in the boondocks Peace Corps Volunteers come home to the U S A realizing that there are billions yes billions of human beings not enraptured by our pretentions or practices or even our standards of conduct billions with whom we must live in peace Peace Corps Volunteers learn that there s more to life than money more to life than the latest styles in clothes cars

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Opening Remarks for the 2001 Special Olympics Board of Directors Meeting
    that volunteers would respond favorably to our call for peace We opposed the idea that war is inevitable We believed that with God s help we could get rid of war We were a Corps a band of brother and sisters united in the conviction that id we work hard enough to eradicate our fears and increase the reach of our love we truly could avoid war and achieve peace within our selves within our nation and around the world The Peace Corps seeks peace through service not through economic strength or military power Service is at the heart and soul and substance of the Peace Corps And believe it or not the Peace Corps is operational and successful even today when the USA is at war with some people and with one the nations of the Middle East I say these facts today even though we Americans have declared our determination to protect our nation and our people and our beliefs from attack by terrorists I say these things because I do think it is essential for all Christians and Jews and Muslims and Hindus and the many ethnic and religious thoughts the of the genuine world believers in God must continue their beliefs people who believe that they have dedicated their lives and their deaths and their fortunes to peace for all human beings Yes peace Yes peace Truthfully I believe Special Olympics is a profound and necessary movement right now It is dedicated to peace not war dedicated to those human beings least dedicated to war and to the killing of other human beings Persons with mental retardation do not kill others to achieve fulfillment for their lives Persons with mental retardation do not allow their nationalities or the colors of their skin or their politics or

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Remarks at the Champions of Children Gala
    so that the children don t lose out on a single dollar of the funds raised for them We especially regret that we will not be with you as you honor the all star group of famous men and women specifically those who have dedicated themselves to the noble cause of helping children First of all you have the former President of Russia and winner of the Nobel Laureate for his service and leadership of all humanity President Mikhail Gorbachev whose strides toward world peace put an end to the Cold War and helped millions of children believe in tomorrow instead of fearing the very next day Mikhail my dear friend how I wish I could be there to raise a toast in your name as you receive this much deserved award Secondly we pay tribute to a man who feels like a close friend of mine after watching him play for the Orioles for the last nineteen years I m referring to the Iron Man himself Cal Ripken Jr who has forever raised our standards with regard to what a single individual can accomplish both on and off the baseball field We re also honoring John and Peggy Henry who have generously reached far beyond the Florida Marlins baseball diamond to help economically disadvantaged children obtain school supplies and childcare services Finally I d like to pay special tribute to John and Revay Walsh who in the face of their own tragedy the loss of their beloved six year old son Adam decided that no other parents should have to endure that agony Their tireless efforts brought about the Missing Children s Assistance Act creating the National Center of Missing Exploited Children the nation s resource center for child protection They have given comfort and hope to parents all

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sarget Shriver: Address at the Yale University's Daily News Annual Banquet
    question some of these goals or scrap them altogether But I propose that we renew our vision by concentrating on a new Fourth Goal We ve struggled with words for the Fourth Goal but let me give you the sense of it to bind all human beings together in a common cause to assure peace and survival for all Words can be tricky and I don t want to debate the meaning of the phrase I just uttered I just want you to catch its spirit to bind all people together in common cause to assure peace and survival for all Now more than ever we depend on one another for our very existence We are not just Americans or Jews or Muslims or Catholics or rich or poor or famous or obscure Yes some of us still wear these labels today during our short existence on earth But we must bequeath to our children and grand children a world of stark choices Peace or Death As for me for my children my wife and my friends I choose Peace The Call to War can only take us so far I say what our nation needs now is a Call to Peace and to Service Peace and Service on a scale we have scarcely begun to imagine Let us unleash the power of young people in all nations to see the world for what it is now and then go out to change it for the better Let s join in common cause with all countries to eradicate poverty and militarism Let s create a new Peace Corps we can believe in led by exceptional people not afraid to tackle difficult assignments unswerving in their dedication to living and working alongside citizens of other nations who want to create a safe and stable world Give us a new Peace Corps worthy of a Mahatma Gandhi a Martin Luther King a Nelson Mandela or a Nobel Peace Prize Give us a new Peace Corps whose accomplishments match its ideals Give us a new Peace Corps that doesn t merely hope for peace but goes out and builds it brick by brick human being by human being To America s young people who listen with despair to the nightly drum beat of bad news I m saying Peace is the Answer Help us transform a new Peace Corps into a living embodiment of YOUR ideals your sincere connection with people whose differences matter far less to you than your kinship with them After all we are brothers and sisters living on a tiny fragile planet under the same sun To our knowledge nothing like us exists anywhere else in the immense universe I think today s young people get this and they have better ideas than I do about creating a safe and healthy planet To bind all human beings together in a common cause to assure peace and survival for all That is a mission worthy of a new Peace Corps

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