The 4th Annual Stand4LIFE in Oakland last Friday was powerful and sobering. Walter B. Hoye II, founder of Issues4Life Foundation hosted Stand4LIFE in front of the Oakland City Hall. In 2008, Walter B. Hoye was arrested and served time in jail for wrongful charges because of his stance for the unborn at a clinic, the charges were dropped in 2009. A group of powerful speakers brought forth timely words on the subject of abortion, eugenics and the minority community.
Kevin McGary spoke on the plight of the African-American unborn with more African-Americans being aborted than birthed at this time. He also shared his concern for the lack of African-American leaders in the Pro-LIFE arena, asking ‘where is the NAACP and the Black Caucas on the issue of eugenics? ”
Brian and Denise Walker shared a testimony of their abortion right before they got married and how God has turned their ‘mess’ into their message. They are post-abortion and marriage counselors. Brian Walker also spoke on ‘is there a man in the house?’ It was poignant and powerful as he confessed he was only a male in their house and not a man in their house at the time of their abortion. Stating that if he were a man in the house, they would have gone straight to the Courthouse to get married and then “jumped the broom”. It was a clarion call to the men to stand up for LIFE!
Dion E. Evans spoke on giving ourselves to this cause and supporting Walter B. Hoye II and he shared a new revelation that began with a recent connection on Facebook. When Dion shared that he was preparing to speak at a Pro-LIFE Walk, his friend confessed that she had an abortion many years ago and that he was the father. This news would have changed the direction of his whole life. Abortion has touched so many in our lives in numerous ways. How many friends, peers and family members have had abortions? How many countless people are missing from our lives? We have all been affected by abortion directly or indirectly considerably.
David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life, prayed for the Stand4LIFE walk before we marched for the unborn with an Oakland police escort.
I was suprised at the lack of support from the African-American community. I thought I would be in the minority at this event, but that was not the case. My hearts cry is for the African-American community to see that eugenics is an urgent issue for them to fight against. Lord, only You can reveal something that which is hidden.
Matthew 10:26-27 (NLT), ““But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”
Lord, reveal all that is hidden! Bring Heavenly revelation of the plight of the unborn!
Pictures of Stand4LIFE in Oakland:
a local woman stopped and joined in the intercession for the African-American unborn….
A local intercessor sang out as walked through Oakland with a banner “Abortion hurts women”. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….