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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Take Back Pac Reception
    especially want to thank our friend Tufail for opening his lovely home and throwing such a terrific party We are here tonight for two reasons First because our son Mark unfortunately cannot be here as the sole Democrat currently elected in District 15 he very much wanted to be with you this evening Unfortunately Mark had a long standing commitment on Capitol Hill that despite his best efforts could not be changed He hopes to stop by later but asked me to say a few words before he arrives Even though Mark cannot be here in person I can assure you that he is here in spirit In fact I have a check here for 1 000 from Mark to support the effort The second reason that we wanted to attend is because Eunice and I both live in District 15 and nothing would make us happier other than seeing Mark elected to Congress than to have a Democratic sweep in District 15 And for that reason I have here a gift from the both of us to support the effort as well But as everyone here knows it is going to take a lot more than just financial resources to return Democratic control to Western Montgomery County It is going to take great candidates And with people like Rob Garagio running for State Senate and our terrific candidates for the House of Delegates we ve got great candidates It s going to take grassroots support And from the conversations I ve had with people here tonight I know that everyone here is not afraid to get out and meet with the voters and make our case With financial backing worthy candidates and great grassroots workers we will return District 15 to the Democrats I know that Mark is looking

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Address to the Fireside Forum Club
    Washington But thankfully I had this event to look forward to and I am grateful for the invitation and the impressive turnout I also appreciate you asking me to talk about the Peace Corps and your interest in that program which naturally is one of my favorites President Kennedy called upon us to give our lives to service and we created the Peace Corps to fulfill his policy Unless you comprehend the nature of what is being asked of you he said We cannot succeed The Peace Corps was our answer to his words and his challenge The Peace Corps nature was specifically designed to answer Kennedy s challenge Its nature was peaceful Its nature was to call upon all Americans to serve others overseas for at least 2 years and to serve the needs of others at home for the rest of their lives Service at home according to the Peace Corps Act involved teaching and telling our fellow Americans about the realities life for all poor persons living in the Third World with the profound poverty wide spread disease lack of education and hopelessness facing them all But also we were compelled to tell them about the hopes and plans we possessed for them for their futures and for their ambitions All of this is what we worked to achieve But what of the prospects for the Peace Corps today Before I go any further may I remind you that the Peace Corps is not only for the very young There are currently 402 Peace Corps Volunteers 50 years of age and over who are serving overseas So it s never too late to join and to work daily for the improvement of all aspects of life for the benefit of people everywhere in the entire world I

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Speech to the New York Bar Association
    bureaucracies There was no doubt about the importance of what they were doing In the very first year 1962 eight of their initiatives went to the U S Supreme Court and they won them all It was unprecedented How these young lawyers some only in their 20s could bring about so many innovations in the law in such a short period of time was then and still is a marvel to me One of the cases which made a particular impression was the one involving New York State where there was a residency requirement before poor persons could receive welfare payments Migrants and others coming into the state couldn t get on the public welfare rolls for a number of years about five I believe I had grown up thinking that the states were well within their rights to establish their own standards in such matters Otherwise the progressive generous states would be flooded by refugees from the more parsimonious states But these bright young Legal Services lawyers came along and took that case right to the Supreme Court and won it That famous decision Shapiro vs Thompson cost Governor Nelson Rockefeller s budget several hundred million dollars a year Today I believe a comparable initiative would cost billions But thousands of poor people were helped immeasurably by that decision And it was young unspoiled visionary lawyers who had the freshness of thinking and courage to achieve that victory They opened my eyes and the eyes and hears of many others Just for the record this case was the first ever argued before the US Supreme Court by any Legal Aid or Legal Service lawyer in US history Thank God we won On another occasion I got a phone call at the Office of Economic Opportunity from Bill Wirtz the Secretary of Labor in Kennedy s and 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 CRLA 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 pursing 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

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver: Celebrating the 2002-2004 Special Olympics Global Messengers
    in human nature the best in us all Having seen Special Olympics in action the world can no longer allow a physical or mental disability prevent them from seeing the beauty and glory within each individual That is why Special Olympics has become the most encouraging and profound development in modem sports As Global Messengers for Special Olympics you bring a face and a real life story to the Movement You make us more humane and accessible as an organization by letting people who have not experienced Special Olympics first hand get to know you and your experiences Having Athletes represent Special Olympics at this high level is tremendous and having them use my name in their title is almost unbelievable In fact it s a great relief to me to realize that I no longer have to worry about traveling around the world making compelling speeches about Special Olympics and all that our Athletes achieve I never thought I could find the right superlatives to depict their accomplishments Now I can sit back and relax knowing that the Athletes themselves have taken over the primary responsibility of explaining and promoting our totally new inspiring and successful program The best part about the athletes having agreed to take on such a crucial job for Special Olympics is that they do it better than someone like I could ever hope to do For no matter how completely and accurately I may manage to convey the purpose of Special Olympics nothing could be more impressive than hearing from you inspiring Special Olympics Athletes what Special Olympics has meant to you what it has enabled you to achieve how what you have done has impressed your parents and yes your brothers and sisters and guys like me guys who never would have imagined how much people s lives could be changed and improved by Special Olympics if they hadn t seen you with their own eyes actually achieving that objective Truthfully I can tell you just one thing I ve been in 50 or more countries since 1968 and I ve seen Special Olympics Athletes and Games in every one of those countries I ve heard their cheers and laughter and I ve watched parents relatives coaches and fellow students cheer and cheer and cheer Special Olympics Athletes Athletes just like every one of you Yes Athletes just like you who are proving to the world and creating a new World where everyone with mental retardation has the opportunity to tap into their own strength courage and happiness and to be recognized as individuals who enjoy being alive playing games getting applause and crossing the finish line Yes yes yes indeed every one of you is inspiring all those who are lucky enough to see you perform and to hear you speak Yes you are changing millions of people everywhere Yes you are inspiring all of them with your fulfillment of the Special Olympics Athlete Oath Let me win But if I cannot

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Remarks at The Shriver Center at UMBC, Maryland
    overwhelming commitment or established a clear inspiring vision for attaining it If we had the world wouldn t be in the mess we are in Now we may have only one more opportunity to get it right When we proposed legislation for the original Peace Corps we came up with only three goals 1 to provide technical assistance to poor people 2 to promote better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and 3 to bring the world home to America Forty years later we could probably question some of these goals or scrap them altogether But I propose that we renew our vision by concentrating on a new Fourth Goal I have struggled with words for the Fourth Goal but let me give you the sense of it Our sole Goal should be 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 word 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 Truthfully 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 we still wear those labels today during our short existence on earth But it is becoming clearer clearer that we must unite all people regardless of race color or creed We must learn to stand united all of us human beings for Peace As for me for my children my wife and my friends I choose Peace as the sole objective of my life on Earth for myself as well as for everyone else on this planet The Call to War can only take us so far Instead of it 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 country by country To America

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the National Equal Justice Library Awards Ceremony
    suddenly Kennedy died killed he was In early 1964 shortly after returning from a trip to visit Peace Corps Volunteers and Heads of State around the world I received a telephone call from President Kennedy s successor Lyndon Johnson Johnson said Sarge I need your help right away In my State of the Union address I called for an unconditional war against poverty Poverty is a national problem requiring improved national organization and support So I am going to announce to the press in an hour or so that you will be the Director of that War Against Poverty You will have unlimited sources of money from me and you will have the world of the poor ahead of you Keep on working at The Peace Corps but beginning tomorrow morning I want you to begin creating The War Against Poverty I can support you with all the office space you need and all the money necessary for success I thought the President was almost crazy I knew nothing about the enterprise that he dumped onto my shoulders But to my incredible surprise people immediately started to volunteer their services One of the most visionary of these earliest volunteers was a man named Adam Yarmolinsky who recommended that I read the Yale Law Journal because he said that in the Yale Law Journal there was an article superbly created thoughtful imaginative and unforgettable The title of the article was A War On Poverty A Civilian Perspective Itwas written by two people I never had heard of Edgar and Jean Cahn Despite the fact that I knew nothing about the article and I knew nothing about Edgar and Jean Cahn I took the article home went to bed about 10 o clock at night and read the article I couldn t believe what the article said or the ability with which it was written I was truthfully swept off my feet and by 7 30 a m the morning after reading the article I called up the authors Edgar and Jean Cahn and begged them to come immediately to my Office Edgar and Jean both came They did not know in advance exactly why I wished to see them But they found out immediately I asked them straightforwardly to quit whatever they were doing and come to the War Against Poverty headquarters where we would give them complete help to start their proposed program Within two or three or four days Edgar and his wife put together a brand new program for the United States Government It was based on their article The War Against Poverty A Civilian Perspective Today I can hardly believe how fast things happened Inexperienced idealistic young lawyers bright bright young men and women in their 20s and 30s swamped our office immediately They had never worked in Government we barely knew how to enlist them properly But they were all eager to work and supremely smart and dedicated Within six months and under the inspiring leadership

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Acceptance Speech for the Productive Aging Award
    of us Nor would our world be so extremely good without The Jewish Council for the Aging We are lucky yes lucky that The Jewish Council for the Aging has existed for the last 28 years In those years the Council has exemplified the fact that ability knows no age From the famous original honorees Louis Goldstein and Katherine Graham and onward The Jewish Council has recognized and inspired leaders of all ages genders and religions And in doing so The Council with typical Jewish brilliance and vision has re opened the eyes and hearts of all people of all ages of all religions to the fact that all of us must continue to enlarge and defend our inspiring national pledge as expressed in our Declaration of Independence We pledge our lives our Fortunes and our sacred honor to our country and to everyone of our citizens regardless of race color or creed For me one of the most surprising lessons I have learned is this it s not what you get out of life that counts but what you give to life to the poor especially when what is given by you comes from your heart I have been blessed by the chance to lead and participate in some of the new initiatives and organizations which have called for peace in this century The Peace Corps The Job Corps Legal Services for the Poor Foster Grandparents and HeadStart for examples I have been blessed to help my wife as a volunteer in Special Olympics Yep my wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver started Special Olympics which costs less than one one hundredth of one nuclear submarine And today 955 000 persons with mental retardation are enrolled as Special Olympic Athletes in over 160 countries around the world Twice as many of

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  • Sargent Shriver Peace Institute - Sargent Shriver Speech at the Reception for the Maret School Horizons Program
    winter returns to her elementary school to volunteer as the manager of the school wide play If that isn t enough at Maret Rosie has tutored elementary school students at Casa Del Pueblo and helped make the video for Horizons which you will see tonight Rosie You re terrific Now let me repeat what Linda said earlier Everyone here is welcome in this house While Eunice and I are proud of this wonderful place we are happiest when people of commitment and vision use this house for good purposes That is what you are doing here tonight You are coming together to work for the future to create opportunity to create educational hope to create justice for all children So Eunice and I are honored that you are here in our home Second let me tell you that I think your work is of enormous importance This Century we are now in the 2l Century must be different from the last one I know because I lived the in the last one almost the whole thing And it was often a Century of disaster of wars of hatreds of conflicts among nations This new Century can be and must be different It can be a Century of Peace But if it is to be different we must offer hope to those who often don t even get a chance those who are treated badly by society those who don t see the possibilities of the future those who come to feel that they don t count We will never have peace unless every child experiences a meaningful life Truthfully every school in our nation s capital should be creating PARTNERSHIPS like the one you are building tonight Every child should have a chance to cross the boundaries created by income

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