Walter B. Hoye II is both Founder and President of the Issues4Life Foundation, the California Civil Rights Foundation, Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California, an Executive Member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, a Board Member of The Morning Center, which was founded to provide free full-service maternity care for women in urban and under-served areas, a published author of the book Leadership from the IN|SIDE Out and serves as a leadership consultant. In 1984, God used the premature birth (six months, 2.1 pounds) of his son to teach him that the fetus is a person, a living, breathing human being. As a young man Walter played football (here are the stats in pdf) at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology in 1980. On Tuesday, January 12th, 1982 Walter was licensed to preach the gospel by the Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, California, which at the time was under the leadership of Pastor Dr. S.M. Lockridge. Encouraged my his "Father in the Gospel", Dr. S.M. Lockridge, Walter graduated from the United States International University, now Alliant International University, with a Master's degree in Business Administration in 1983. On Sunday, April 23rd, 1989 Walter was ordained a Baptist preacher by the late Pastor Dr. S.M. Lockridge, then Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church. From 1984 to 1987 Walter served as Minister of Christian Education at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oceanside, California under the leadership of the late T. W. Davis. Here's a copy of a sermon Walter preached in 1987 entitled: "A Good Church". From 1987 to 1991 Walter served as Assistant to the Pastor and Director of the Youth Department at the Greater Faith Baptist Church in Stockton, California under the leadership of Joseph L. Slade. From 1991 to 2010, Walter served as the Executive Elder of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley under the leadership of Dr. Earl C. Stuckey, Sr. in Berkeley, California. In May of 2010, Walter resigned to work full-time in the Pro-Life movement. Top
In July of 2019 our YouTube Channel reached ten thousand (10k) subscribers! During this month we appeared on EWTN's live show "At Home with Jim & Joy" in Birmingham, Alabama, conferencee with White Houe Faith leaders, the Ruth Institute, the Obria National Advisory Board and did six (6) radio interviews. Yeah, we're exhausted. In June 0f 2019, Walter and Lori traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in a brand new Pro-Life documentary with Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the National Football League's New England Patriots. Later on Walter and Lori were keynote presenters in San Diego Content of Characters Series. In May 2019, Walter and Lori traveled to the Poconos to help raise money for the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos in East Stroudsburg Philadelphia and strengthen their outreach into the Black community. Saundra Woods is a volunteer for the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos. After meeting with Walter and Lori, Saundra put her personal testimony on video. Click here to watch Saundra's powerful video. In April 2019 we conferenced with the national leadership for the Douglass Leadership Institute and prepared for their Sacramento Advocacy Day in the State Capitol regarding the amendment of AB1510. You can read out letter to the California's legislators here. March 2019 was all about promoting Abby Johnson's movie: "UnPlanned" which opened in theatres across the country this month. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Abby's passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything. What Abby saw changed everything. Walter and Lori traveled to Hollywood, California for the movie's red carpet premiere. This movie is a game changer for the Pro-Life movement. To see Walter and Lori's UnPlanned movie interview in Los Angeles, click here. February 2019 was all about Black History from a Pro-Life perspective. So Walter and Lori focused on their modern-day version of the "Underground Railroad". Since its very, very successful (i.e., God exceeded our expectations!) inauguration in 2017, this modern-day version of the “Underground Railroad" has become the Pro-Life movement's premier strategy to reach Black Pastors nationwide with a biblically based Pro-Life message and give them the necessary tools to advocate for life in their communities. To date, the program has been most successful in educating and training these leaders within the Black-American community as to the uniqueness of abortion issues within the Black community. Arthur Goldberg, Co-Director of the American based Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA) and former Co-Director of JONAH, Inc., has graciously stepped in to help fund this project. to learn more and help fund this project. To learn more, click here. January 2019 marks the fifty-second (52nd) year of legalized abortion on demand in America since 1967. Since 1967, over twenty-one (21) million Black American babies have been killed by abortion. That's over 420,000 Black American babies aborted per year. To put this in perspective, it took the Klu Klux Klan (a white supremacist hate group) eighty-six (86) years to lynch 3,446 Black Americans. With this in mind, Walter flew to Memphis, Tennessee to meet with the Board of the Morning Center. The Morning Center exists to partner with the local Church to provide prenatal through postpartum care to moms in need, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then Walter and Lori flew to Washington, D.C. to help Black American Pro-Lifers move from "Education to Activation". After Washington, D.C., Walter and Lori flew to Rochester, New York to help the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York reach deeper into the "Community of Color" with the Pro-Life message. On January 15th, 2019, the Issues4Life Foundation hosted its second (2nd) annual "Martin Luther King, Jr." webcast, its twelfth (12th) annual Walk for Life in Oakland, California and Walter spoke at the fifteenth (15th) annual Walk for LIfe West Coast in San Francisco.
December 2018 was filled with radio, television (TV), Skype and "in-studio" interviews regarding my new book "Black and Pro-Life In America", White House conference calls, Californians for Life conference calls, funerals, birthdays, Christmas parties and Abby Johnson's movie premier at the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center in Los Angeles. December 1st, 2018 marked the 63rd anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Walter refusing to slow down fighting for life in the community of color. For Walter December included eight (8), some radio and some television, interviews regarding Walter's new book "Black and Pro-Life In America". In between the interviews, Walter and Lori attended both Senator Elect Shannon Grove's swearing in festivities in Sacramento, California (connecting with Thousand Oaks Pastor-Mayor Rob McCoy) and Abby's Johnson's new movie premier "UnPlanned" at the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In November 2018, the book "Black and Pro-Life In America" came out. The book details Walter and Lori's sacrifice for the lives of women and children facing abortion in Oakland, California. In October 2018, Walter and Lori traveled to the mountains of Crestline, California to support the Mountain Pregnancy Center. There plans were being made to reach a community with a full service medical team offering prenatal care. In September 2018, Walter was deeply involved in the Pro-Life movement's fight to secure Judge Brett Kavanaugh's United States Supreme Court nomination. Updates directly from Senior White House officials provided information that greatly strengthened Walter's outreach to Black American leadership. September was a busy month. Walter presented at Pro-Life San Francisco's “Let There Be Life” Conference on the campus of the University of California Berkeley. Then Walter and Lori traveled to Santa Cruz, California, where they strengthen the 40 Days for Life campaign and met with a local pastor fighting Human Trafficking. Next, Walter and Lori traveled to Detroit, Michigan and presented at the Guadalupe Partner's Michigan Sidewalk Counseling Summit. In both Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, Walter and Lori met with leaders from inner city Pregnancy Care Centers. In August 2018, Walter traveled to Burnsville, Minnesota train Sidewalk Counselors at the National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium. A week later Walter and Lori celebrated the 100th Birthday of one (1) of the members of his original sidewalk counseling team. Next, Walter and Lori again traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend a private briefing at the White House on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to discuss the Trump Administration's priorities, including issues related to the faith community with with Senior Advisors to the President. While in Washington, D.C. Walter and Lori participated in the Douglass leadership Institute's Washington Briefing. In July of 2018 Walter addressed Napa Institute Conference in a panel discussion on how the Catholic Church can better reach Black Americans in light of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Then Walter talked about the number one (#1) crisis facing Black Americans at the 21st Annual Survivors Pro-Life Training Camp for youth in the Pro-Life movement. June of 2018 was very busy. Walter traveled to Macon, Georgia to rally the Pro-Life movement against an abortion facility that quietly obtained permission to open a clinic in Macon. Then Walter and Lori quickly traveled to San Diego, California where he addressed Black American History and Lori addressed the impact of abortion in Black America with California's Republican candidate for Governor John Cox. Next Walter traveled to Fresno, California to speak at the Central Valley's Republican Womens meeting to talk about why thirteen percent (13%) of Black American men voted for President Donald J. Trump. In April and May, Walter focused on augmenting the security of his online presence as Denial-Of-Service (DDOS) attacks were mounting against this website. March 2018 opened with the Larkspur Landing Conference, where Walter and Lori took the time to review the heart of the Issues4Life Foundation mission and prepare for the March for Life New York Radio Show. On the 13th of February we attended a White House reception in honor of National African American History Month with President Donald J. Trump. This year's theme, "African Americans in Times of War," called our attention to the heroic contributions of African Americans during our Nation's military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to present-day operations. This invitation honors my Dad who served in the United States Air Force as a solider in the all Black Squadron 3728, Flight 3063 stationed at the Lackland Air Force Base. For those who don't know the history, in June 1949, Lackland began the integration of Black Airmen into regular units with whites. The "Indoctrination Division" began assigning recruits to squadrons and flights by sex and time of arrival only, thus ending racial segregation in the Air Force basic training program. Despite predictions of dire trouble, this change proceeded with relatively few issues. Both my Dad and my Mom are with the Lord now. I still talk with them and feel their love. As you can imagine, for Walter and Lori, the ministry only got busier after being invited to the White House. Next they traveled to San Diego, where their fundraiser was held in the private home of one of their supporters in Rancho Santa Fe. Then they concluded the month of February with Women VIPs (Volunteers In Politics), a group founder in 1973, that understands dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers are the most important asset of any political campaign. Still in February 2018, Lori and I partnered with the "Everlasting Light Ministries" and the "No Longer Bound" Abortion Recovery ministries and launched our #LifeLongRegretIsReal Abortion Recovery Video Series. The videos in this series are meant to be used within a safe counseling context with the intent of aiding an open, honest and intimate discussion on the subject of abortion regret. The goal of the video series is to help reclaim the lives of those that regret their abortion decision. In January of 2018, after thirty-three (33) years of service, the Family Planning Specialists Medical Group is closed. Today, the Family Planning Specialists Medical Group is a former abortion clinic. This is the abortion clinic that conspired with the Oakland City Council to created a law to have Walter arrested, tried, convicted and cruelly incarcerated. The diabolical plot worked. Walter indeed served time in jail. Ultimately, this case went all the way the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. To learn much more, click here. Still in January 2018, Walter and Lori launched the Black Pro-Life movement's first (1st) ever Webcast on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. The Webcast featured, Dr. Alveda King (Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone (Archdiocese of San Francisco), Abby Johnson (President of And Then There Were None), Father Frank Pavone (National Director of Priests For Life), Father Joseph D. Fessio, S.J. (Founder and Editor of Ignatius Press) and Bishop Ronnie D. Allen, Ph.D. (President of the International Faith Base Coalition). The Webcast highlighted and benefited the ministry of the Issues4Life Foundation. Again in January 2018, Walter and Lori hosted the Issues4Life's Foundation's 11th Annual Standup4Life Rally|Walk in front of Oakland City Hall.
As 2017 came to an end, the work was rentless, Walter addressed colleged students at the Students for Life of America's Northern California Leadership Workshop in San Jose, California. Later, both Walter and Lori received the United for Life team's prestigious "Human Life" Award for their "dedication to saving the lives of the unborn". In September, Walter addressed the first seven (7) Black Americans to serve in the United States Congress in Kansas City, Missouri. In August, Walter spoke at the inaugural press conference for the National Congress of Racial Equality on the steps of the California's capitol in Sacramento, California. In July, Walter and Lori met privately with the founders of the Walk for Life Northwest and the Bioethics Defense Fund in Idaho. June of 2017 was a busy month. At the Suvivor of the Abortion Holocaust's Pro-Life Youth Camp, Walter and Lori addressed Planned Parenthood's Racist Legacy. To download the presentation, click here. After speaking in Fresno on "Abortion's Impact On The Black Family", Walter and Lori joined the Organization for Justice and Equality to protest against proposed marijuana dispensary in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood. Still in June, The Salt & Light Council partnered with Walter to create and launch the Content of Character of Series and Walter and Lori traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with national Pro-Life leaders to report on the new strategy their "Black Pastors and Wives" conference presents to the Pro-Life movement. After which, Walter spoke at the Freedom Journal's Black Conservative Summit and addressed the Black vote and the 2016 Presidential election. Then, while still in Washington, D.C., Walter and Lori joined Star Parker in an impromptu, unedited and unscripted discussion at CURE's new television studio and later spoke for the National Organization for Marriage's Annual March for Marriage where they talked about the biblical relationship between the marriage and the life movements. In May of 2017, Walter and Lori focused on their "Black Pastors and Wives" Conference in Allensworth, California. The theme was: "Without Life, We Have Nothing!". The conference was a huge success, employing a strategy that hasn't been used since the mid 1800's when Harriet Tubman (an escaped slave and a devout Christian) built the underground railroad and rescued about seventy (70) slaves (family and friends) in approximately thirteen (13) trips to Maryland during a ten (10) year period (1850-1860). To learn more about the conference, click here. In April of 2017, Walter and Alveda King teamed up in Detroit, Michigan to address the Black abortion rate exceeding the birth rate. A week later, Walter and Lori traveled to Bozeman, Montana to talk about "The Healing Power Of Forgiveness". In March Walter and Lori made two (2) "undercover trips" to Allensworth, California to work out last minute details and prepare video for their "Black Pastors and Wives" Conference. In February of 2017, Walter and Lori addressed Black History Month from a Pro-Life perspective in a series of quotes from historically conservative thinkers. In January of 2017, Walter and Lori were invited to Washington, D.C. to meet with National Pro-Life leadership, addressed the needs of their annual "StandUp 4Life Walk" in Oakland, California in the midst of "Inauguration Day" Protesters, hosted their annual "Conversations4Life Benefit Dinner", organized Black Pastors on stage at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, California, met with students from the St. Clare Highschool in Santa Clara, California and spoke at the Walk for Life Northwest in Spokane, Washington.
In December of 2016, Walter participated in the Washington, D.C., Cure Clergy Network's "Post Election" update. This conference call addressed the concerns of Black Pastors from around the nation and answered the question: "What's Next?" In November of 2016, the Broward County Right for Life invited Walter and Lori to keynote their annual fundraising breakfast at the Calvary Chapel Fellowship church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In October of 2016, the St. James Catholic Church flew Walter and Lori to Oaklahoma City to speak at their "Choose Life & Live Mercy Walk and Prayer" event. Next, the Culture of Life Family Services (COLFS) invited Walter and Lori to attend their 7th Annual Gala as one of their "Sue Lopez Memorial" Pro-Life Persons of the Year award winner. In the same month pregnancy centers Real Options and GHS Women's Center invited Walter and Lori to attend their annual fundraisers and the Faith Fellowhip a FourSquare Church in San Leandro, California invited to Walter and Lori to meet with Brad Dacus, President of the Pacific Justice Institute and Rochelle Petersen, and executive member of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California to discuss the Pro-Life movement. In September of 2016, Walter launched the "Election Version" of his "In A Minute" video series and published five (5) videos dedicated to exposing Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party and the impact of abortion in Black America in light of the 2016 Presidential election. These videos reached over 400,000 voters and counting. To see the 2016 Election videos, click here. In August of 2016, Walter met with Pro-lifers from across the country in the Father Frank Pavone's Priests Office on Staten Island, New York to delevope nationwide strategies reaching Black American leadership. In June of 2016, Walter teamed up with American Life Leagues Culture of Life Studies Program's "Who Is The Real Margaret Sanger?" project. This project is a three (3) part educational video series for high school students. Click here to see the video. In April of 2016, Walter teamed up with Dianne N. Irving, Ph.D., a former career-appointed bench research biochemist|biologist (NIH, NCI, Bethesda, MD), a Professor of the History of Philosophy, and of Medical Ethics and the Pro-Life’s movement leading Bioethicist to launch our "Life Science Project" which brings accurate science and medical advancements that promote life to the Black American community. Click here to view our first "Life Science Project" video. In February of 2016, during Black History Month, Walter and Lori explored the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park as a potential site for a small but strategic Black Pastors Conference focusing on Black History in terms of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fourteenth (14th) Amendment makes it extremely clear that no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, nor deny any person the equal protection of the law. This conference, both historic in its nature and unprecedented in its purpose, will be the first of its kind addressing the protection of human life (from the womb to the tomb) as the “Final Chapter of the Civil Rights Movement.” Click here for a bit more. Yes, there will be much more to come.
In 2015 Walter addressed the impact of abortion in Black America at the Future Conference in La Mesa, Calfornia, wrapped up the first year of worship services (literally) in the White House in Washington, D.C. where he preached from the subject: "How To Contend For The Faith!" (Jude 3,22,23), completed a video project with 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina denouncing Planned Parenthood, hosted 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson in Hayward, California, corresponded with 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee regarding the impact of abortion on Black American leadership, addressed Medical Apartheid in Vancouver, Washington and received the Culture of Life Family Services' (COLFS) Sue Lopez Memorial Pro-Life Persons of the Year.
In 2014 Walter and his wife (Lori) were the recipients of both the Students for Life of America's West Coast Conference Defender of Life Award and the Bioethics Defense Fund's Witnesses for Life award.
In 2013 Walter was recognized by Chicago's Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition for his Strong Stand for Life and Family.
In 2012 Walter was invited by Congressman Allen West to address the "Economic Impact of Abortion" on the Hill in Washington, D.C.
In 2011 Walter received the "Hero at Heart" Award from the Life Issues Institute to recognize outstanding courage on behalf of innocent life. Walter was also interviewed on Life Issues Institute's Emmy Award winning television program (Season 4: Episode 2: Free Speech Denied), Facing Life Head-On.
In December of 2010, Walter and Lori met with the National Black Pro-Life Coalition at the Father's House in Norcross, Georgia. In October of 2010, Walter and Lori participated in the "Project Truth College Tour" in San Francisco, California and then teamed up with the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust in Nashville, Tennessee. In September of 2010 Walter was on stage with Pastor Jim Garlow speaking at the "Pray and Act" event, hosted by the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. In August of 2010 Walter and Lori joined Alveda King at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally" at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall in Washington D.C. In May of 2010 Walter wrote his first Monday email column entitled: "Silence In The Black Church". In February of 2010 Walter and Lori led a workshop at the BASS Church Worker Convention (a conference for Northern California Churches) in Castro Valley, California addressing abortion in the African-American Community.
Graciously the Family Research Council recognized Walter Hoye with the 2009 "John Wise Award" at their "Watchmen On The Wall" conference.
In 2008, Walter and his wife (Lori) were the recipients of the 4th Annual Walk for Life West Coast's St. Gianna Molla Award for "Courage Under fire" in the Pro-Life movement. Walter's work in the Pro-Life community was the subject Chuck Colson's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day BreakPoint. As you may remember, Walter was unjustly jailed for his peaceful defense of the unborn on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic in Oakland, California. He served as an incredible leader for the cause of the unborn despite the personal costs. His seven (7) part series entitled "Betrayal Trauma" detailing the four (4) reasons why Black American leadership rejects the Pro-Life movement has gone viral and is the subject of many of his speaking engagements. His "Letter from the Santa Rita Jail" and his California Equal Rights Amendment appeal for Personhood entitled "Why I Can't Wait" are now classics. His passion for Personhood and American History is well documented in the Pro-Life movement. Walter competes in the San Francisco Marathon and catches an NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB game whenever he can. Top
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Building on a method that the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., led the historic Pro-life Freedom Rides in 2010. Like the thirteen (13) individuals who boarded a bus in Washington DC in 1961 and headed for New Orleans, the Pro-life Freedom Ride, was a peaceful, visible expression of the commitment of people around the country to work for freedom for the unborn. Not only did Dr. Alveda King with Walter Hoye ride together, their picture working together in Oakland, California is featured on the Pro-life Freedom Ride Bus. As author of the book, "Leadership from the INSIDE Out", Walter is in demand as a speaker and consultant. To purchase Walter's book online click here. On Friday, March 20th, 2009, fifteen months after the City of Oakland, California, passed a law making it illegal to approach a woman entering an abortion clinic without her consent, Walter went to jail for standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic with a sign that said: "God loves you and your baby. Let us help you." The book, "Black and Pro-Life In America", tells Walter's story. The question asked by Walter's story is not: "Is abortion wrong?" but rather "Do American citizens have the right to say that abortion is wrong?" "Black and Pro-Life In America" not only answers this question, it speaks to the challenges facing Christians exercising their constitutional right to free speech and their Christian duty to offer help to others in need. To read Walter's commentary on issues facing the Pro-Life community click here. Walter is a Christian, married and the father of two (2) adult children. He and his wife (Lori), live in Union City, California. "Walter embodies the Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy, standing up for the least of these, the vulnerable mothers and their babies." — Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Tuesday, March 31st, 2009). Walter has been featured on Dr. D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Hour that is carried nationwide and overseas on Middle East Trinity Broadcasting Network, Armed Forces Network and "Facing Life Head-On TV" hosted by Brad Mattes. If you would like Walter to speak at your next event, please use this link to click here today. Top
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