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 January 5, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Pro-Life Events
Jan. 23-24, 2015

Friday, Jan. 23

Standing Up 4 Life Walk
When: Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Speakers: Rev. Clenard Childress, Pastor Bruce Rivers, Pastor Walter Moss and Rev. Walter Hoye

The 7th Annual Conversations 4 Life Benefit Dinner
When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland
Speakers: Father Frank Pavone, Star Parker, Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Abby Johnson, Jeff White, Cecilia Chavez, and Rev. Walter Hoye and Lori
Tickets: $50; $25 for students. http://issues4life.ticketleap.com/

Information: Issues4life.org

Saturday, Jan. 24
San Francisco

When: 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Where: St. Mary's Cathedral
1111 Gough St., San Francisco

Silent No More
Awareness Campaign

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Info Faire 12:30-1:30 p.m. Walk for Life Rally
Speakers: Julia Holcomb, Jim and Joy Pinto and Rev. Clenard Childress
1:30 p.m. Walk for Life walk begins
Events take place in Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco


Embracing the nonviolent principles of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Walter Hoye will lead his annual pro-life rally and walk at the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall at noon Jan. 23.

Rev. Hoye will be joined by Rev. Clenard Childress, founder of www.blackgenocide.org, and pastors Bruce Rivers and Walter Moss, who wrote the book, "Why I am a Black Pro-life Pastor."

The Jan. 23 date has a permit from the city of Oakland, Rev. Hoye said.

On Jan. 24, the annual West Coast Walk for Life will take place in San Francisco.

Several rallies in Oakland on the theme of "Black Lives Matter" have taken place in November and December. "I'm hoping that it will translate into the pro-life movement," Rev. Hoye said.

In addition to the noontime rally and short walk, the day's events will include a dinner at Oakland's St. Margaret Mary Church.

"Oakland is where people want to be," said Rev. Hoye, naming a number of nationally known pro-life activists who will join him in panel discussions at the dinner.

"I'm really excited about it," he said. "A lot of people have said, 'Walter, can I come to Oakland?' I'm pleased so many want to be in the room and want to help."

Among the speakers will be Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, and Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker who crossed to the other side of the prayer line.

Rev. Hoye said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will lead the prayer before dinner. "I am so pleased Bishop Barber will be my guest at the dinner," said Rev. Hoye.

Last month, Rev. Hoye said he "had a really great time" talking with teens at Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg. "I have opened up my calendar to the youth in the Catholic Church," he said.

Several of the Oakland walk and dinner speakers will be coming to the West Coast after participating in the Walk for Life in Washington, DC, on Jan. 22.

"Pro-life isn't just a political good," Rev. Hoye said. "It's got to be a people solution … people of color at the top of the list."

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