This is going to be an exciting week:

Monday, January 19: All the cool people say that MLK Day “should be a day on, not a day off” and there are plenty of opportunities today to do just that.   The best bet for sorting through all of the possibilities is probably to go to this link sent out from moveon.org.

Also Monday, one of my favorite traditions in St. Louis is the annual MLK Day march that starts at the Old Courthouse in downtown.  The official ceremony starts at 10 AM and the march usually gets started around 11 AM at Kiener Plaza.  If you want a more specific way to get involved the Instead of War Coalition will be marching for justice and peace, here and in Gaza and you can check out their facebook group here.

Tuesday, Jan. 20: It’s inauguration day and there are lots of parties!  A few of the cool ones I’ve seen:  

(1) The Young Dems are partying at the Moolah  

(2) the Royale is having a big bash as well

(3) and the WashU Co-op is hosting an inaugural ball.  

Of course, most of the local universities are hosting their own watch parties as well.

Wednesday, Jan 21: The Regional Arts Commission is showing the movie “Philadelphia” as part of the “Bias and Bigotry Film Festival.”  The movie starts at 7 PM at 6128 Delmar and details are at this link.

Thursday, Jan. 22: Join the Freedom of Choice Council as they celebrate the 36th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.  Tickets are $30 (10 for students and limited income) and the event starts at 6 PM at the Ethical Society on 9001 Clayton Avenue.  Go to this page to RSVP.

Friday, Jan 23.  Come out and show support for Obama’s economic stimulus plan at the Rally for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now!  Obama’s plan will put people to work, make badly needed improvements to our nation’s infrastructure, and help move our country to a sustainable energy future.  The rally is at 3101 Chouteau from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m, and you can RSVP here.

Also Friday, join Promo for a panel discussion at WashU of insights and issues relevant to LGBT people in the workplace.  The event is in the Danforth University Center, room 276 from 3 to 5, and you can RSVP at this link.

Saturday, Jan 24.  Webster University Hosts “Still I Rise: Great Speeches by African Americans” from 7 to 10 p.m at the University Center Commons.  RSVP here.