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CURRENT ISSUE:  January 9, 2012
VOL. 50, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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2011 — year in review: Four seminarians ordained, record participation in events
Oakland Standing Up 4Life walk ends with dinner, prayer service at cathedral
Eighth Walk for Life
moves starting point

As the Walk for Life West Coast gears up for its eighth annual gathering, there are some changes to note.


Date/Place: Jan. 21, San Francisco

Mass: 9:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St.

Info Faire: 11 a.m. Civic Center Plaza

Rally: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Civic Center Plaza

Walk: 1:30 p.m.
   Start: Civic Center Plaza
   End: Justin Herman Plaza

For a full schedule, visit www.walkforlifewc.com.
For starters, the rally, the information fair and walk’s starting point have been moved to roomier Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. Because of a scheduling conflict, Justin Herman Plaza, the rally’s longtime home, is unavailable.

There’s good news in that, say Eva Muntean, a co-founder of the walk. “We’ve grown every year,” Muntean said.

“We were outgrowing Justin Herman Plaza,” Muntean said. The crowd, estimated in excess of 40,000, overflowed in 2011.

“We’re excited,” she said. “This gives us the opportunity to grow.”

In addition, there’s a public transit advantage. The walk will begin near the Civic Center BART station, and end near the Embarcadero BART station.

The information fair, which traditionally had been held at the end of the walk, moves to before the rally at Civic Center Plaza. Muntean notes there are two playgrounds at the plaza.

“We’re encouraging families to come here,” she said.

The rally’s speakers include Lori Hoye, Dr. Vansen Wong, Rev. Clenard Childress and Jacquie Stalnaker. Hoye, Wong and the Rev. Childress are also on the speaker roster for the Oakland Issues4Life rally and walk on Friday, Jan. 20 (see related story).

Hoye is the wife of the Rev. Walter Hoye of Issues4Life; Dr. Wong gave up abortion in his practice of obstetrics and gynecology; the Rev. Childress is a national pro-life leader and pastor from New Jersey; and Stalnaker offers her testimony as a woman who has had an abortion.

At 1:30 p.m., the walk will begin along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, where the day’s official events will end.

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