Let the anti-celebration begin

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Published January 14, 2005 9:30PM (EST)

Safe to say that roughly half the country won't exactly be in a partying mood on Jan. 20. There will be plenty of activities to keep the less-than-festive busy.

The counter-inaugural next week won't just be observed by protesters in Washington. At Counter-inaugural.org there are some 60 events planned around the country to lament the official start of the next four years under the Bush administration.

In New Orleans, mourners will participate in a traditional jazz funeral. For a mock inauguration in Anchorage, AK, protestors are invited to "dress as your outrage." And in Portland, OR, self-professed "tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists" will unite to wear, what else, tinfoil hats.

Others are calling for everyone in Anywhere, Any City to observe Not One Damn Dime Day, on January 20th, boycotting consumer spending as a protest against the war in Iraq: "There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left- or right-wing agenda to rant about. On Not One Damn Dime Day you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed."

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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