Today, with abortion rights under siege from coast to coast, we celebrate 40 years of a woman's right to control her own body. Photo via flickr/ericwagner

 Today’s picks for political and civic nerds.

For Thursday:

Gay Married… Now What?

For LGBTQ activists looking to discover new ways to get involved after Washington state voters approved marriage equality last November, this conference offers a chance to hear from local rights groups and discuss new concerns.

What's Next After Marriage?, Thu Jan 24, 6–9pm, Labor Temple, Hall 1, 2800 First Ave, free. 

For Wednesday: 

Free the Water! 

Learn more about GreenCorps' campaign against sales of bottled water in our beloved Mt. Rainier National Park. Online RSVP requested. 

Bottled-Water-Free Mt. Rainier National Park: Campaign Kickoff, Wed Jan 23, 6:30–7:30pm, Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, free. 

And for Today: 

It's the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade! 

Dear Diary…

Three pro-choice UW student organizations present a timely screening of The Abortion Diaries—a documentary depicting twelve women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy. A short discussion and letter writing campaign will follow, and snacks are provided. 

'The Abortion Diaries’: A Film Screening to Mark the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Tue Jan 22, 12 – 1pm, Foege Hall, North Conference Room N130, University of Washington, 3720 15th Ave NE, free. 

Sarah Weddington Speaks

Planned Parenthood marks today’s anniversary with a talk by Sarah Weddington—the very attorney who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court—entitled, “How Women’s Voices Won and Will Preserve Roe v. Wade.”

Sarah Weddington: 40 Years of Choice, Tue Jan 22, 6:30–8pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free but online registration is required. 

Weigh In on the Arena Design

Tonight marks the downtown design review board's final discussion of the proposed new Sonics arena in SoDo; the board, made up of architects and development professionals, has asked arena designers for several changes to their original design, including more active uses on a large plaza that some felt would sit empty on non-game days, a boxy initial design, and poor pedestrian access. 

Downtown Design Review Board Reviews the Arena, Tue Jan 22, 5:30pm, City Hall, 400 5th Ave., Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor, free.

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