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The 5Ws for 50K

Who, What, Where, When, and Why of 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival.


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4 Points for Victory
Toward the 50K Festival

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1. SHAKUBUKU
Each member of any age introduces 1 youth to the practice and ensures that he or she attends the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival. Teach new members the basics of faith, practice and study.

2. HOME VISITS
Visit every youth on the chapter list. Focus on personal guidance to awaken each of these 50K lions!

3. UNIT LEADERS
Appoint many new youth members as unit leaders in order to teach them the bodhisattva way of “practice for oneself and others” and to provide a stronger infrastructure of care when new members receive the Gohonzon.

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October 2017 – March 2018
Timeline

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OCTOBER

Encourage new members to take the Intro Exam.

They can register here: www.sgi-usa.org/introexam-registration 
Confirm youth for November District General Meetings

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NOVEMBER

November District General Meetings
Confirm youth for December Youth General Meetings (to be held either 2nd or 3rd weekend in December)

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DECEMBER

Youth General Meetings SGI-USA goal: 14,000 youth nationwide
Launch registration for 50,000 Festival at www.lionsofjustice.org

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JANUARY

Chapter Kickoffs (with a focus on youth attendance and Gohonzon conferrals)
Confirm youth for February Discussion Meetings

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FEBRUARY

February Discussion Meetings
Confirm unit youth leaders for March 16 60th Anniversary Meetings at local SGI-USA centers

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MARCH

March 16 60th Anniversary Meetings for Unit–National Youth Leaders (including 6,000 unit leaders)
Goal: Reach 20,000 registered for the 50K Festival!

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The 5 W’s

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What: SGI-USA youth peace festival themed “50,000 Lions of Justice: Ushering in an Era of Hope and Respect.”

When: Fall 2018 (date TBD).

Who: SGI-USA members and guests ages 18–39.
In addition, junior high and high school division members and their JHHS-aged guests will attend the simulcast from their local SGI-USA centers.

Where: The festival will take place simultaneously in three cities: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Why: The 50,000 Lions of Justice was originally inspired by the events of Sept. 8, 1957. On that day, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda made his Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons before 50,000 Soka Gakkai youth, entrusting them with the mission to create a society based on the dignity and respect for all human life.

In this spirit, 50,000 youth across America will gather next year—based on their shared vow for kosen-rufu with their mentor, SGI President Ikeda—determined to awaken countless others to the fundamental truth that every life is valuable, irreplaceable and worthy of utmost respect.

 

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