40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade - come join us!
4 Days until the Walk for Life on 1/26/13!

The Walk for Life will be here in a few days! We are looking forward to welcoming the many thousands of pro-life friends joining with us as we celebrate life and proclaim our message that "Women deserve better than abortion!" We are excited to welcome you to our beautiful city! Many of you have dedicated your lives to this cause and some of you will be hearing our message for the first time. This is a Walk for everyone! We thank all of you who are working so hard behind the scenes to get your groups to the Walk — bus leaders (important information below!), church groups, youth and young adult groups, high school and college groups, and club coordinators. It is because of you that we continue to grow each year!

The Walk for Life begins in the heart of San Francisco — on the Civic Center Plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall. The Rally will start at 12:30 p.m., but come early as the Info Faire will be open at 11:00 a.m. There are two playgrounds right on the plaza for the kids to enjoy. We will walk down Market Street at 1:30 p.m. — filling the length and width of the street. It will be an amazing sight, and an important statement to San Francisco and to the West Coast!

This year, as you arrive at the end of the Walk at Just Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero, you will be greeted by the Mariachi Band, Mariachi Juvenil – Real San Pablo, who will be playing from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The Walk from Civic Center Plaza to Justin Herman Plaza (end of Market Street) is approximately 1.8 miles. Route map

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The Silent No More Awareness Campaign will have their own program including testimonials prior to the WFL Rally. They will begin at 10:45 a.m., and will be on a separate stage area which will be to the far right of the main stage. Make sure to go to their Rally should you arrive early. Actress Jennifer O’Neill will be a part of their program.

If you are bringing a bus to the event, thank you for your hard work!  To locate your bus after the Walk click here. Please make sure your bus is registered via our website. Note that no buses will be allowed to pull over at Justin Herman Plaza from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm - this means you will NOT be able to be picked up by your buses at Justin Herman Plaza. Thank you for your cooperation.

For those who are not able to attend the Walk for Life in person, we invite you to join with us in spirit via the LIVE Satellite coverage that will be available through EWTN. They will begin the LIVE broadcast from Civic Center Plaza at 11:30 a.m. (PST) with pre-rally interviews with all of the Speakers. They will also broadcast the entire WFL Rally from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (PST).
ou may also tune in to Immaculate Heart Radio for their LIVE coverage which will also begin at 11:30 a.m. (PST).

You are welcome to make and carry your own pro-life signs, or carry one of our signs. However, please do not bring any kind of graphic signs or materials to the Walk for Life events such as pictures of aborted fetuses, etc. While these pictures can be a powerful tool in the abortion debate, the Walk for Life is not the appropriate venue for them. Thank you for your cooperation.

The WFL Mass will once again be at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. All priests are invited to con-celebrate and we are honored to have 10 Bishops joining us from around the West Coast as well as Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The Cathedral is 8 blocks from Civic Center Plaza, so some of you may wish to walk to the Plaza directly after the Mass. Please make sure that you do not leave your cars parked at the Cathedral – they need to be moved right after the Mass.

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 also a huge underground parking lot at the Civic Center.

This year we will have a lot of new organizations and groups so there will be two tents set up at the Plaza on both sides of the EWTN stage. The Info Faire will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at the end of the WFL Rally. We are happy to help support the various ministries and apostolates that will have tables at the Info Faire. There will be all kinds of pro-life medical groups, various outreach groups, a number of Religious Orders, and even Shawn Carney from the National Office of 40 Days for Life. Please make sure to visit both of the Tents as you arrive at the Civic Center Plaza.

There are still rooms available at one of the hotels where we have blocked rooms at a special WFL Rate, Comfort Inn by the Bay – please call 415-928-5000 and tell them you are with the Walk for Life.

As always, we will have WFL relief vans which will be clearly marked to assist those who are unable to walk the entire route. If you notice someone who is having difficulty walking, please contact one of our security volunteers wearing orange vests and they will radio the van leader for pickup. The drop off point will be on the Embarcadero in front of Justin Herman Plaza. We suggest that you meet up with your party at the fountain area of the Plaza after drop off. It would also be helpful for people to carry cell phones with them for emergencies. This will also make it much easier to reconnect with your group after you are dropped off in the van. Due to extremely limited space, we cannot take the whole group in these vans – only the person who physically cannot walk the route.

As a security measure in the event of emergencies, we will have a medical tent on-site at Civic Center Plaza staffed by medical personnel as well as a parked ambulance. 

Upcoming Related Events

6th Annual Standing Up4Life Walk
10:00am, Oakland City Hall
One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Conversations4Life Benefit Luncheon
12:30pm, St. Margaret Mary's Church
1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland

Sister's of Life are hosting "Vigil for Life"
Includes Mass with Bishop Daly from San Jose
6:30pm, Star of the Sea Church
4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco

All night Eucharistic Adoration for Life
8:00pm to 7:00am, Sts. Peter and Paul Church
666 Filbert St., San Francisco

Catholic Underground event
Includes prayer and music by Fr. Stan Fortuna
7:30pm, St. Mary Magdalen Parish
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley

California Pro Life Dinner - Roe Remembered 
Hosted by JD Maher of Fox 40. An Italian dinner followed by talks and auctions.
6:00pm, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament: Marcy Hall
1017 11th St., Sacramento

Click here for contact information for these and other related events.

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