The Ninth Annual Walk for Life West Coast is shaping up to be the most exciting Walk ever! We are extremely honored to announce that we will be joined by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Papal Nuncio—the Holy Father’s Ambassador to the United States! This is the next best thing to having Pope Benedict himself with us! He will be giving us his blessing at the Rally.
And His Excellency is not the only exciting addition to this year’s walk. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which takes place in the Civic Center before the rally, will be joined by the world-famous actress and model Jennifer O’Neill. Ms. O’Neill, the international spokeswoman for Silent No More, is a true pro-life heroine. She has been honored by virtually every pro-life organization in the country, and we are honored to have at the Walk.
To greet everyone at the end of the Walk, we will have a Mariachi Band in Justin Herman Plaza.
WFL RALLY AND SPEAKERS
The Rally will be held at Civic Center Plaza from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Our confirmed speakers include: African-American pro-life activist Elaine Riddick; Reverend Clenard Childress, Director of L.E.A.R.N.; Kelly and Matthew Clinger, who will share their post-abortion testimony; and Mrs. Lacey Buchanan, who gained international attention after the video tribute she made to honor her son, Christian, went viral. To date, her lovely video has been viewed over 11,000,000 times on GodVine and YouTube. The video was the number three video of 2012 on Godvine.
SILENT NO MORE RALLY
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign will once again hold their own Rally before the main WFL Rally. It will begin at 10:45 a.m. on the side stage at Civic Center Plaza, and will go till 12:15 p.m. As mentioned above, Jennifer O'Neil will be sharing her story during this event. If you'd like to participate and/or share your testimony, please contact Georgette Forney at (800) 707-6635.
After the Rally (at 1:30 p.m.), we will begin walking from Civic Center Plaza and will process down Market Street to end at Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero. The Walk from Civic Center Plaza to Justin Herman Plaza is approximately 1.8 miles. We will have a Mariachi Band and food concessions at Justin Herman Plaza.
There will be a special 9:30 am Walk for Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral at 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. At this time we have 10 Bishops who have confirmed their attendance, including Archbishop Viganò. All priests are welcome to concelebrate.
HOTELS / LODGING
We have negotiated and secured a block of rooms for that weekend at three different hotels. To take advantage to these special “Walk for Life” rates, you can contact the hotels directly. For more information please visit our website.
The Info. Faire will be held prior to the Rally at Civic Center Plaza. This will give everyone the chance to visit the booths as they arrive at Civic Center Plaza. The Info. Faire will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We ask that you register your buses as soon as possible. The deadline for bus registrations is January 12th.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
It is recommended (and convenient) to use public transit at this new location at Civic Center Plaza:
BART has stations at Civic Center and at the end at Embarcadero.
CalTrain will drop off at Townsend and 4th. Take MUNI KT (4th and King), then off at Metro Civic Center.
Parking: There is ample parking under the Civic Center plus 2-hour street parking.
We are blessed that the crew from EWTN will once again be providing live film coverage of the Walk for Life Rally as well as pre-rally interviews.
Immaculate Heart Radio will also be broadcasting live from the event. Check their website for your local station.
EMAIL LIST FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER
We have a Walk for Life West Coast Page on Facebook. Please “like” our new Page and ask your relatives and friends to join us there so that everyone can keep informed of all the important news and changes for this year's event.
Follow us on Twitter @walkforlife. #wfl.