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Taking It to the Streets: Pro-Life Marches Create a Coast-to-Coast Groundswell of Action


PETER JESSERER SMITH

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Media/Opinion
Date:
1/21/2016

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ABSTRACTTaking It to the Streets: Pro-Life Marches Create a Coast-to-Coast Groundswell of Action | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  Jan. 10, 2016 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate News Blogs Radio Events Resources Advertise Store Subscriptions Make This My Homepage Resources Archives Jobs College Guide Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Jeanette DeMelo Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matthew Archbold Joan Frawley Desmond Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Policies & Guidelines Digital Ad Specs Print Ad Specs Editorial Calendar & Due Dates Order Web Ad Subscribe Discounted Bulk Subscriptions Give a Gift Subscription Renew Your Subscription Renew Your Gift Subscription Change of Address Missed Issues Payments Account Status General Customer Service Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Taking It to the Streets: Pro-Life Marches Create a Coast-to-Coast Groundswell of Action (773) Events in Los Angeles and Washington are encouraging pro-lifers to commit to do something to build a culture of life in their communities. Tweet by PETER JESSERER SMITH 01/21/2016 Comment – via March for Life Instagram LOS ANGELES — Internationally acclaimed Christian speaker Nick Vujicic has no arms and legs, but he has changed thousands of lives with his personal testimony. This weekend at OneLife LA, Los Angeles’ annual pro-life celebration, Vujicic will remind thousands of people that they, too, can be powerful agents of change. “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then God can use any willing heart,” he told the Register. “We really want people to be that one voice where actions speak louder than words.” Both OneLife LA and the national March for Life in Washington, in their own respective ways, are providing opportunities to channel the energy of the march into a personal commitment for participants to get involved in their communities and build a life-affirming culture. Kathleen Domingo, the pro-life coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Life, Justice and Peace , told the Register that they have made an intentional push to make OneLife LA — just in its second year — a celebration of life that keeps on giving life in southern California. “We’re taking our cue from Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy and his call to do works of mercy. We see that as a real call to build a culture of life through hands-on direct service to those most in need in our community,” she said. OneLife LA will feature some special service opportunities as part of the pro-life event: Participants are invited to bring diapers to support L.A.’s pregnancy-help centers, clothing and toiletry items to help human trafficking victims or even donate their hair to Locks of Love to make wigs for cancer patients. “What we want to do with OneLife LA is not just make it a destination event, but make it a time where we are connecting people concretely with service opportunities and action in the community, so that they walk away saying, ‘You know what? Next week I’m signed up to do this,’” Domingo said.   Community Partners All the community partners at the OneLife LA celebration have committed to sign people up for some kind of direct life-affirming action they can take. Since OneLife LA promotes life from conception to natural death, Domingo said it is important to show how all these activities build a culture that is truly life-affirming. She added that the increase of volunteers to help victims of human trafficking or to serve as foster parents that came out of last year’s OneLife LA celebration caught the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department’s human-trafficking task force and Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services. Both offered to work more closely with parishes and the Catholic community about how they could do more. Susan Durik, author of How You Can Fight Human Trafficking: Over 50 Ways to Join the Fight and a representative of the Human Trafficking Coalition that is one of the community partners at OneLife LA, told the Register that the different agencies under their coalition’s umbrella are looking forward to the opportunity to engage more people at OneLife LA in the fight against human trafficking. “Human trafficking is the second-largest illegal enterprise in the U.S.,” she said, adding that it is on its way to surpassing the illegal drug trade. “We have a porn pandemic that is driving the demand,” she added, explaining that many young girls are getting caught up by child-porn.......