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All are welcome! Bring a friend!  Thursday, JANUARY 12, 2012

8:00 am-9:30 am  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Heritage Hall

(Franklin & O’Farrell)


(Parking is available across the street, at St. Mary’s Cathedral)


Cynthia Chang/Angela Pashayan/Margaret Bacon Schulze

SF Spiritual Enrichment Center/Yoga of Devotion/Pine United Methodist Church

www.SFGlobalheart.com/Yoga of Devotion.org/www.pineumc.org



Pastor Maggi Henderson

Old First Presbyterian Church




Tony Blair Faith Foundation Faiths Act Fellows

Rachel Finn & Nina Pine



More  and more in today’s world, religion appears in the media as a source of  conflict and divisiveness.  While those stories hold true, there is  also an untold narrative, that of the majority of religious people, for  whom their faith inspires them to work towards social justice in local  and global ways.  The Faiths Act program of the Tony Blair Faith  Foundation works to mobilize people of faith to come together as a way  of demonstrating that faith can be a force for good, and this year, the  San Francisco Interfaith Council was chosen as one of 15 host sites  internationally for the Faiths Act Fellows program.We  are providing young adults, of faith and not, with ways to connect in  interfaith settings and learn about traditions outside of their own,  while taking action in a meaningful way.  The Faiths Act program around  the globe is focusing on the UN Millenium Development Goal #6 –  Diseases, and specifically, malaria – a disease of poverty that affects  half the world’s population.   Faith communities have a special call to  action on this issue.How  can we use this humanitarian disaster as an opportunity to transcend  faith boundaries?  Why is malaria an issue upon which we must all act  immediately? How can Bay Area faith communities and young adults become a  part of this global movement?  Join us on January 12th to find out!


Mitch Mayne

Executive Secretary of the Bay Ward Bishopric The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)     mitchmayne.com


The  2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebrations to be held on  Monday, January 16, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  and Yerba Buena Gardens.

San Francisco, California — December 25, 2011 – The 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration entitled, Renewing the Dream, will be held on January 16, 2012, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens.


A  host of activities and programs mark the day, including our annual  March/Parade; MLK Dream Address and Program; San Francisco Interfaith  Council Interfaith Commemoration; the 2012 Children’s Reading Festival;  the new Civil Rights Film Festival; the 2012 MLK Conversation Series;  Health Preparedness and Sustainability Festival; special music; free  museum admission to the area museums and a host of other inspirational  activities. All are free to the public.



In partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, interfaith activities include the 2nd annual interfaith tribute to the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the symbolic crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The tribute will take place  during the annual march/parade as it crosses San Francisco’s Lefty  O’Doul Bridge and briefly stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park.  Also, the 2nd interfaith commemoration ceremony at the Esplanade stage  at Yerba Buena Gardens will conclude the march/parade, with spiritual  leaders from a host of faith backgrounds providing reflection on the  vision of Dr. King. Last, recognition of San Francisco’s first African  American school principal, Ms. Leola M. Havard, will take place as part of the celebration programs.


Free  and discounted commemorative transit passes on BART, Golden Gate  Transit and Ferries and SFMTA are available on a first-come-first-served  basis by registering on the Contact page at norcalmlk.com.



Day-long activities feature the Health, Preparedness and Sustainability Festival, led by the American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter, SFEnvironment and the San Francisco Hospital Council, with free services and activities for all ages, including the annual MLK/Red Cross blood drive; the 2012 Inaugural Civil Rights Film Festival, in partnership with California Newsreels; the 2nd annual Children’s Reading Festival in partnership with Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest African American book store.



Log-on to the Events page at norcalmlk.com for a full list of activities and downloadable activity maps, and subscribe to us on Twitter at norcalmlk for the latest updates on activities and the day’s events.


ACTIVITY LIST (scheduled and subject to modification)  2012 MLK March/Parade 11:00am (arrive early) begins at 4th St. & Townsend Ave. (Caltrain Depot)

MLK Dream Address and Special Presentations     12:15pm – 4:00pm, Limited Seatlng, doors open at 11:50am. Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (scheduled)

San Francisco Interfaith Commemoration    11:45am – 12:15pm    Esplanade Stage at Yerba Buena Gardens

Health Preparedness and Sustainability Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm  The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2012 Civil Rights Film Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm Various screening rooms (see the Events page at norcalmlk.com for details)

Children’s Reading Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm Children’s Creativity Museum/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Gardens

Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora & Children’s Creativity Museum    11:00am – 5:00pm

MEDIA AND PRESS CONTACT:  Aaron Grizzen norcalmlk.com@gmail.com (415) 691-6212

G.L Hodge ghodge6982@aol.com   (415) 572-6596


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