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Lovely video from the Dominican Order, who are always there to stand for the truth, the Church, and the weak and defenseless.
Great video from the group who came from the Cathedral of Sacramento for the Walk! Young, joyful, and Pro-LIFE!
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Great Walk for Life West Coast video by Annastasia Diamond! Watch it to the end. She writes:
“I stand for the innocent, tiny human beings that are being killed without having a chance to defend themselves. I stand for the voiceless & here’s our walk.“
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Walk for Life West Coast volunteer Vivian Dudro discusses Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court on KRON TV.
Some beautiful photos from the website of the Western Province of the Dominicans–and you can see more here.
Great photos from Jay Balza of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco, and you can see more here.
The Info Faire. Look at all the people!
And here are shots of happy Walkers at the end of the Walk at Justin Herman Plaza:
More Dads for Life! Bless them!
The Order of Preachers–with guitars!!
Lovely and faithful young women!
Walk for Life West Coast co-chair Dolores Meehan and friend!
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. These must be our good friends from St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland! And that’s Jay, kneeling in front. To see more of his photos, go here.
Comparing Walk for Lifers to those who oppose the Walk may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, but it is, in fact, quite instructive. Here’s an article from Regina Magazine by “Kenneth Chavez” (“pseudonym of a West Coast Clergyman”)
“I have been attending the ‘Walk for Life West Coast’ for years. Like many, I am always amazed that 50,000 to 70,000 people can literally swarm over the bulk of downtown San Francisco — to resounding silence in the mainstream media. It’s as if only some people’s voices matter.
As usual, there are protesters. They stand on the sidewalk and shout slogans and epithets at the walkers. But oddly, there seemed to be fewer of them this year.
Nevertheless. their appearance enables all of us to make some pretty significant comparisons.
On the ‘Walk for Life’ there are many older and middle aged people, though the vast majority are young — high school or college students.
Bizarrely, the protesters are always middle aged or older.
The contrast is enormous. On the ‘Walk’ there are many young people smiling, singing and chattering as they walk along. The energy level is high, the mood expansive.
And on the sidewalk there are the old people, with angry expressions, screaming with venom and fury, defensive and protective.
For us walkers, it is a bit like heaven passing the gates of Hell. It feels as if there is nothing that would allow us to cross to their side or them to cross over to ours.
I think about these protesters. I am sure they once had dreams. In many ways, according to their expectations, the world was changing. Contraception and abortion were more readily available and they were living in hope and expectation.
And now they see all these young people wanting to take the world back to what they must surely think is ‘the dark ages’; that is, when life was respected and women carried themselves with a certain dignity. And so they are angry, and they believe their anger is justified.
Their anger is manifested in costume. These people are dressed sloppily, sometimes with hats and other appendages calculated to make them appear grotesque.
Also, their angry faces and the venom in their shouts makes them the opposite of attractive. They are ugly. They show nothing that would engage others or induce people to try to understand their point of view. One older woman stood in a pelvic slouch and flashed us her middle fingers with both hands, the pinnacle of unattractive. It was utterly repelling.
Their chanting makes no sense. They scream “my body, my choice” regardless of the fact that a baby in the womb is not their body and it is a choice they should not have.
‘Walk for Life, West Coast 2017’ is now in the history books. You won’t find it in the archive of any major newspaper, but the memory of a single witness in the midst of an angry world will endure. In the memories of the young people carrying history on their shoulders and now, in the photos and articles of the alternate, honest, new media. “
“Abortion is the greatest human-rights violation the world has ever known”
Dexter Duggan, of The Wanderer, reported on the Students For Life West Coast Conference when he was in San Francisco covering the Walk for Life West Coast. Way to go, Dexter! Here are some excerpts:
“The Virginia-based Students for Life of America (SFLA) holds an annual conference on each coast the day after a major pro-life march occurs there — the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco and the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Coincidentally, both those cities had large “women’s marches” on January 21.
Tina Whittington, SFLA executive vice president, told The Wanderer that she was at the anti-Trump protest in the nation’s capital on January 21 before flying here for the SFLA conference the next day.
SFLA wanted to bring the truth to as many people as possible at the D.C. protest, she said, and actually managed to jump out in front of that march to lead it with three banners before they were attacked, harassed, and spat at and their signage mistreated. Two banners said “Abortion Betrays Women” and one said “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood.”
The studentsforlife.org website carried a story posted January 22 about this, “Not welcome but we came anyway.”
The story reported, “It was brutal and disheartening but we stayed. We were able to have civil conversations with some participants of the march.”
Whittington told The Wanderer there was much yelling saying, “My body, my choice.”
When The Wanderer replied that the baby being aborted is a different person’s body, Whittington said, “They have to believe those (ideas) because they have a certain lifestyle they want to keep. . . . In order to live that way, they have to be okay with abortion.”
Both hats and word choices at the march were offensive, she said.
“I believe in the dignity of women,” Whittington said. “. . . But these women responded with vagina hats. It was so vulgar. How does that respond for the dignity of women?”
As for comments made from the stage, “It was so vulgar…basically reducing us to one sexual organ. I know I’m more than that,” she said.
The march sported a theme of “inclusivity and tolerance, but that wasn’t our experience,” Whittington said.
Indeed, marchers were expected to accept the pro-abortion mindset.
The frequently worn pink “pussycat” caps also had a vile significance.
The SFLA San Francisco conference had about 500 students attending, while 1,500 were expected for the January 28 conference after Washington’s March for Life, SFLA president Kristan Hawkins said. The organization has 1,171 chapters.
The one-day West Coast conference included presentations on “How to win people to our movement: What makes us equal?,” “Knowing your rights on campus,” “Heroes journey: Answering the call to adventure,” “How to speak heroically about abortion,” “Helping moms be heroes,” “Theology of the body,” and “Reaching your peers.”
Hawkins, mimicking Trump’s New York pronunciation of “huge,” drew laughter when she told the conference, “We actually have a yuge opportunity right now” with the beginning of the Trump administration.
Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, “was trying to defund Planned Parenthood before it was cool,” she said.
Earlier in her morning remarks, Hawkins said, “Those who have stood with us, their lives have been transformed” by living for others. “. . . Abortion is the greatest human-rights violation the world has ever known. . . .
“We know where our victory is, and we’re working toward it,” she added.
“Our generation has an advantage” that previous ones lacked, she said. “We have advantages because science is on our side” — including educational technology like ultrasound. Some truths have to be told even if they’re considered difficult, she said, such as saying Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts and violates the law.
“This is not mean” to say this. “You can’t be afraid to say what it is you are against,” she said, although there are “strategic” ways to go about expressing a message.
This one is from Dennis Garrison. Very cool, nice music! Check it out:
Our Lady of Peace parish in Santa Clara was at the Walk and they’ve got a great post describing their experience and nice photos, too! Hey! Send us YOUR photos and stories! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Yes, that’s right, I was marching in San Francisco on January 21, 2017 in the 13th Annual Walk for Life!
Tens of thousands of women, men, and children from across all the spectrum of nationalities and backgrounds gathered to speak up for the unborn and to expose the truth about abortion.
Our group from Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California and St. Leo the Great in San Jose was comprised of over 200 people.
First we gathered for Holy Mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Then we walked down to the Civic Center Plaza to join other youth, young adults, families, grandparents, and all those committed to defending life against the Culture of Death….
We crossed paths a few times with angry protesters preparing for the “Women’s March” that took the same route just two hours later. But overall the event was a true testimony to the best of American democracy: that despite media claims, we have grown to value freedom of speech enough in our culture to let others say what they will even when we disagree.
As you can see in the videos from the day on the ground, the Walk for Life was peaceful, forceful, and consistent with an enduring confidence that love is stronger than hate, life is stronger than death, and abortion is never the answer. We can do better.”