07 Aug For youth to stand up for world peace
At the Lions of Justice Festival on September 23, 2018, 50000 young people from all backgrounds will gather in nine locations in the US to stand up for the dignity of life—to proclaim that all people are worthy of respect and must be treated with the dignity they deserve.
Through musical performances, films, inspiring speakers and the shared experiences of youth taking action in their daily lives to transform society, we will further affirm our determination to make the 21st century one of lasting peace and awaken profound courage and hope in our friends, families and communities throughout the country.
On June 5, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel released a joint statement appealing to the youth of the world to unite and work together to develop solutions to various problems plaguing the world. They cited issues such as poverty, hunger, climate change, nuclear weapons, stateless refugees and so forth. This appeal perfectly resonates with the purpose of the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival, as we are seeking to unite young people to create an era where hope and the respect for all people become the key factors guiding our world. In the appeal, Dr. Ikeda and Dr. Esquivel stated in part:
“We direct our call to the young people of the world. There is no challenge that cannot be resolved if we unite in solidarity. We are confident that young people will take up the search for solutions, acting in solidarity from within their respective places of belonging across all differences of spiritual and cultural identity to generate waves of dynamic, shared action.”