We thank everyone who participated in the Twelfth Annual Walk for Life! You came from all over the West Coast and beyond, and it was a glorious witness and support for the sanctity and dignity of every human life! We were overjoyed to see the immense turnout again this year. We thank you all for your cooperation as we deviated from our regular route this year because of the Super Bowl Village that is currently under construction. We hope to be back at our regular ending location at Justin Herman Plaza next year.
If you were at the Walk then you know that we asked for your help in signature gathering for the Parental Notification Initiative. We have until March 1st to get enough signatures to get this very important initiative on the ballot. For information on how you can help, go here. We also asked that you commit to volunteering at least an hour at a crisis pregnancy center or participate at the next 40 Days for Life campaign. For more information on how to participate, go here.
We were once again blessed with wonderful speakers. The Rally opened with Fr. Frank Pavone, Dr. Alveda King, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and Mother Agnes Donovan, SV who received the annual St. Gianna Molla Award. This yearâ€™s Speakers included two international stars of the pro-life movement: Obianuju Ekeocha of Culture of Life Africa, and Mexican musical superstar and pro-life activist Emmanuel, as well as the influential young American pro-life activist, David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress and Rev. Clenard Childress of Black Genocide. We were encouraged, renewed, and inspired by all of them and we thank them!
We reached out to all of the Bay Area Catholic High Schools and many were represented and took turns carrying the front banner. As we walked, there were countless prayers, hymns, songs, and words of praise. It was a moving and beautiful sight to behold â€“ people walking as far as the eye could see through the streets of San Francisco! We were walking in support of all those who have felt the ravages of abortion, to let them know that there is hope and they are not alone.
We express our gratitude to the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department who protect us each year. We salute you! Please join us in thanking them by writing to: Chief Greg Suhr, Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. You can write your own letter or download a letter here.
WITH OUR GRATITUDE
Thank you to all who volunteered during the Walk for Life as Security Volunteers, Relief Van Drivers, Youth Rally Volunteers, Bus Captains, and Clean-up crews. Thank you to everyone who organized groups from your local parishes, schools, youth groups, universities. You were there with your banners and shirts to represent your groups and organizations from all over the West Coast, and we loved seeing you! Thanks also to the many Pro Life groups and organizations who participated in our WFL Info Faire. You are an integral part of the WFL, and we love having you as part of the WFL family!
COVERAGE OF THE WFL EVENT
We thank EWTN, Shalom Media USA and Immaculate Heart Radio for their live broadcast of the Walk. We know that many of you are able to virtually participate in the WFL each year because of their coverage. We will post links to these broadcasts as they become available. A special THANKS to our WFL Media Team who do such a marvelous job each year filming, reporting, and capturing the spirit of the WFL. Please keep visiting our Media Blog Page as well as our website for complete coverage of this year's event. For video of the talks, visit our youtube channel.
Did you see the Life Runners at the Walk? Let us support their tremendous efforts for Life! The A-Cross America Relay will begin on February 10th and end on March 20th! Be part of this epic event for LIFE! You can even do 5K legs remotely in your neighborhood. Register today.
SAVE THE DATE!
We look forward to seeing all of you again on January 21, 2017 at the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast!