Saturday, January 29, 2011

Young People / Young Priests at the Walk for Life West Coast

Another fun video from our talented young people. Great to see these young priests, too:

More Walk for Life Media Team Photos

Walk for Life West Coast media team member Jim McKenzie
is a master at capturing faces in the crowd:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Six-Part Walk for Life West Coast Video

A videographer with the handle "hptoheaven" has uploaded a six-part video of the walk on his youtube channel.

Check it out here.

Thanks, hptoheaven!

Jill Stanek: Wholesome vs. Creepy at the Walk for Life West Coast

Pro-life heroine Jill Stanek offers this observation on the Walk for Life West Coast:

West Coast’s wholesome Walk for Life vs. creepy Walk for Death

"About the West Coast Walk for Life held last Saturday, January 22, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, KTVU’s John Sasaki reported:

'San Francisco is known for its protests. But this is no anti-war demonstration. This is some 50,000 people fighting against abortion…. Abortion rights supporters were vastly outnumbered but still vocal…. Police confirmed to me this walk for life was the biggest one this city has seen...'

The SF Walk for Life goes a little differently than DC’s March for Life. Pro-aborts march right alongside pro-lifers. As KTVU reported, the counter protesters were unsurprisingly 'vocal' even though “vastly outnumbered.”

The difference in protesters could be no more starkly demonstrated than by contrasting these 2 photos, posted by…

Wholesome vs. creepy, that pretty much sums up the differences."

Yes, it does. If you were not there, this video gives perhaps an even greater example of wholesome vs. creepy

Some Observations from Walkers

So many people attended the Walk, and so many have interesting things to say, that we cannot publish them all. Here are three, the first from Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary:

"There were tons of people there aged 16 – 25, and they were full of energy for the cause. I wondered if that had anything to do with the fact that they all grew up in the age of ultrasounds, where we have a whole lot more information about what really goes on in the womb."

From a young woman named Allyson Rae Escobar, writing in Have Heart:

"Now I was a part of something greater, something beyond comprehension. Walk for Life was one of the coolest things i've ever been blessed to participate in, thank God. Walking with tens of thousands of other people, all for the same cause. For LIFE. It made me realize how precious life is, how forgiving God is, and how we owe it not only to Him but to ourselves to be a part of it, not just watching from the sidelines."

Here's another from T. S. Wood, writing in The Garden and the Zoo:

"Yesterday, for the first time, I participated in the Walk For Life West Coast, and it was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. I have no proper word to describe it, and must settle for less than accurate. The closest is serenity. We were 40,000 strong. Where would you find 40,000 people marching peacefully with only one voice, one mind? When I reached close to the end of the beach walk, before the uphill left turn towards the greens of Fort Mason, I looked back, thinking I was somewhere near the end of the line. Was I wrong!
As far as the eye could see, the snaking water edge was lined with us, and the end was nowhere in sight!"

That last sentence sounds Biblical:

"As far as the eye could see, the snaking water edge was lined with us, and the end was nowhere in sight!"

To read more wonderful observations from those who attended, check out the links in the "2011 Blog Coverage" panel on the right sidebar.

More Walk Photos from "Couples for Christ"

The "Couples" attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption before the Walk:

Then down to Justin Herman Plaza:

Trying to stay together!

The rally is over; the Walk begins!

God bless them!



and tons of young people!

After the Walk, a prayer of Thanksgiving at Marina Green.

Thanks, Couples for Christ! To see all the photos on the Walk for Life West Coast Media blog,
click the "2011 Walk Photos" label at the bottom of this post, and to see
the official Walk for Life West Coast Media Team photos, select one of the links at the top of the right sidebar.

Even More International Coverage this Year: China

As the Walk for Life West Coast grows, it is being covered in many countries. The "Press Coverage" and "Blog Coverage" panels in the right sidebar link to stories from Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, and Spain. We are sure there are more, but are still finding them.

We especially thank the great friend of the Walk for Life, Mr. Frank Lee, for his work with Chinese-American pro-lifers, and the overseas Chinese community, too.

Here is a story on the Walk in Sina News, the most popular news website for Chinese speakers worldwide. It reaches hundreds of millions of people China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, U.S.A., Canada, Europe, etc.

Go here for a long story in the Chinese Gospel Herald about the Walk. Of course, you have to be able to read Chinese, but you can look at the pictures, too!

Thanks again, Frank!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Shine a Light and Let the Whole World See"

More nice work, a video montage, by some young people who visited the Walk. Great music.

Something New This Year at the Walk for Life West Coast...

The Walk for Life West Coast Navy!

Our navy shadowed the march from the bay and took these photos:

On the Embarcadero.

In front of the Maritime Museum (great building!) at Aquatic Park.

A longer-range view of some of the Walkers at Aquatic Park.

At the foot of Van Ness Avenue.

Then heading up over the little hill into Fort Mason and the Marina Green.
Thanks to Captain Rod, and you can see more here.

More Video: Young People Visit the Walk for Life

God Bless them!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More Walk for Life Media Team Photos

These photos are by Paul Ryan, Walk for Life Media Team member.

Young people at the rally.

The Walk passes under the bridge at Pier 39. Wow!

Then down Jefferson Street. Click either crowd shot for a very large image.
You might find yourself in there!

At Marina Green after the Walk.
Wonderful how many Walkers bring their instruments to the event.

"Catholic San Francisco" Stories on the Walk

This week's edition of "Catholic San Francisco," the newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,
has a couple of good stories on the Walk.

This great shot, by CSF photographer Jose Luis Aguirre, is on the front page.

Photos from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

The sons and daughters of St. Dominic, standing for life:

Sister converses with good Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento.

A beautiful end to a beautiful day. Praise God!

Photos courtesy Sr. Thomas Augustine, O.P.

To learn more about the sisters, go here.

EWTN's Full Coverage of the Walk for Life West Coast

"I believe people are alive today because of this March."
--Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, EWTN Chaplain.

Great Video: Life versus Death

A must-see video. The contrast could scarcely be clearer. Thomas Aquinas College students confronted by those bound to the Culture of Death.

Video courtesy Chez VH:

Another Nice Walk for Life Video from YouTube

Great shots, especially of the enormous crowd of pro-lifers as we moved down from Fort Mason onto Marina Green.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Walk Photos from "Couples for Christ"

These photos were sent by Mauril Mariano of "Couples for Christ."
That is a great organization that annually send hundreds of people
to the Walk for Life West Coast.

You can learn more about them here.

Thanks for standing up for life, young man! God Bless you!

More Walk for Life Media Team Photos

These are by Charlie Aczon, of the Walk for Life West Coast Media Team.
You can see more of Charlie's work at Visual 360 Photography.

Vicki Evans, Respect Life Coordinator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,
introduces the St. Gianna Molla Award winners.

Walk for Life West Coast co-founder Penelope Boldrick, looking quite stylish.

David Bereit.

Abby Johnson, intense and powerful.

Kathleen Eaton of Birth Choice Health Clinics.

The Reverend Brian and Denise Walker of Everlasting Light Ministries.

Joy-filled young ladies.

As always at a Walk for Life, quite a mixed crowd united by the desire to defend the defenceless, give voice to the voiceless.

Overflowing Justin Herman Plaza

Pro-Lifers leave the plaza.

The Walk on the Embarcadero. Walk co-founder Eva Muntean in front.

Abby Johnson, front and center.

As always, San Francisco's Finest lived up to their name.