Huge Anti-Abortion Rally Coming to Civic Center January 21st: Walk for Life West Coast Has a New Starting Location

The 8th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will start at Civic Center this year.

Will organizers lie about attendance by simply adding 5000 people to the previous year’s estimate as is their custom? We’ll just have to wait and see. Somebody will document the crowd overestimating, but I don’t know if it will be me this year…

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All the deets:

“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Walk for Life will be unable to follow its familiar route from Justin Herman Plaza and along San Francisco’s waterfront to Marina Green. Instead, we will be gathering at Civic Center Plaza at 11:00 am for the Info Fair to be followed by the rally at 12:30 pm. At 1:30 we will start walking down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. There will be no additional events at Justin Herman Plaza.

We are excited about this new opportunity and believe that this new venue will give us the chance to grow our numbers. More information to come so please sign up for our email blasts to keep informed of these important changes.

HOTEL UPDATE: We have sold out of the rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. We were able to negotiate a discounted rate at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown (very close to the Cathedral) for $139/night. For further options, gohere.

FLYERS: Color flyers are now availble for download. If you would like to receive copies of the flyers, please send us an email with your address and how many you would like. Help spread the word!

Confirmed speakers include: Lori Hoye, Dr. Vansen Wong, Rev. Clenard Childress and Jacquie Stalnaker.

Once again this year EWTN will be broadcasting the event live via satellite on TV andImmaculate Heart Radio will be broadcasting the event live on the radio.”

“New Location, Time and Route for Walk for Life 2012!

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

(Polk Street across from City Hall)


Please help us spread the word to everyone you know – this year the Walk for Life will be held at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall (not Justin Herman Plaza as in the past seven years).  The schedule of events are as follows:

Info. Faire – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rally – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Walk (down Market Street) – 1:30 p.m.

There are no scheduled events after the Walk which will end at Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero.  The Walk from Civic Center Plaza to Justin Herman Plaza (end of Market Street) is approximately 1.8 miles.


There will be a Catholic Mass at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. We are honored to have 13 Catholic Bishops join us for the Mass and Walk. It’s a short walk from the Cathedral to Civic Center Plaza.

The 25th Annual Interfaith Service for Life, sponsored by the San Francisco Archdiocesan Interfaith Committee for Life, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20th at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.

The Issues4Life Foundation will be hosting the 5th Annual Standing Up 4Life Walk in front of Oakland City Hall on Friday, January 20th at noon. Guest speakers include Abby Johnson, Rev. Clenard Childress, Lori Hoye and Dr. Vansen Wong.

For additional information about these and other events, please visit our website.


We require that all buses be registered by January 12, 2012. This will greatly aid us in facilitating the movement of the buses as there are going to be 200+ buses registered from all over the West Coast.


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 11:00am – 1:30 p.m.  For those who wish to participate as a vendor, please sign up using our registration form by January 5, 2012.  Space is very limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis for the remainder of available spaces.


We sold out the Fisherman’s Wharf Marriott! For those still looking for hotel accommodations, the Kabuki Hotel, which is close to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Japantown, is a good alternative with a Walk for Life rate of $139/night.  For other options, please check our accommodations page.


If you have a large 12 or 15 passenger van and would be willing to be part of the WFL Van Brigade that follows along behind everyone as we process down Market Street, we are looking for volunteer drivers.  This is a very important service that is needed each year and is provided for those who are unable to walk the entire route due to medical conditions, being advanced in age, etc.  Please contact us if you would like to volunteer your van at


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. As a special bonus, they will also provide live streaming video which will be available through our website during the event.

Immaculate Heart Radio will also be broadcasting live from the event. Check their website for your local station.


We have a new 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.

To keep up-to-date and receive all of the latest news, please sign up for our email blasts.

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