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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
February 2015 Newsletter #039
Four weeks of February report.

In February we had 7 meetings. Two at Skelly's Pub, one at Tomacelli's Pizza, and four in the Conference Room at the Main Public Library. At these meetings we discussed the wording for the Anti-Domestic Violence Initiative billboards planned for March, the Legalize Medical Marijuana billboard campaign which launched January 5th, the positive benefits of medical marijuana, the adverse health effects of overuse of marijuana (such as abnormal brain development in those less than 18 years old and diminished lifetime achievement), and physics concepts such as higher dimensions, space-time, quantum reality, deep time, the big bang, relativity, probability, and catastrophe theory. Deep Time has become a standard topic and we have been adding events to our Deep Time Table before every meeting. Lots of food for thought for open minds and excellent contributions by all involved.

At the meetings in the Conference Room at the Main Public Library we began showing Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence films. These are all educational films, many with instructor's guides. So far we have shown: Recognizing & Escaping Teen Dating Violence, The Choice is Yours: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence Part 1, Love You To Death: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence Part 2, Meth, Sex, & STDs: Chose Life or Choose Meth, Codependency, Emotional Violence, and Domestic Abuse, Portrait of Abuse: An American Epidemic, and Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave. We discussed the films and also any other subjects people attending wanted to discuss which usually included the latest science news.

We have a total of 17 films. We will be showing many more of them over the next 8 weeks. Abuse and Violence against women is at epidemic proportions in America. In America every 15 seconds a women is domestically abused, every 45 seconds a women is raped. That is why we are sponsoring an Anti-Domestic Abuse Initiative starting on March 2nd and lasting for 6 weeks. All 33 panels to be used in this initiative are below:

Premium Digital Anti-Domestic Abuse Billboard on West 12th Street heading up the Anti-Domestic Abuse Initiative

Sioux Falls Feminists Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence Static and Digital Billboards scheduled for 2015 on South Cliff Avenue

On January 5th we put up 7 billboards promoting the legalization of Medical Marijuana. Six went up back to back and across from each other on 12th street for four weeks, one electronic billboard went up at 10th street and South Cliff avenue for 6 weeks, and on January 19th five more went up back to back and across from each other on Minnesota avenue for 4 weeks. The Medical Marijuana billboard campaign will last six weeks. All boards will be down on February 16th. The electronic billboard used a back to back display concept entirely new to Sioux Falls. Drivers and riders will first see the main campaign message followed by an embedded message of one of the 6 main benefits of Medical Marijuana. The campaign message directs people to call their legislators. The entire 6 week sequence can be seen below.

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers and South Dakotans Against Prohibition for Legalizing Medical Marijuana Electronic Billboards

Unfortunately no State Legislators were willing to sponsor the Legalize Medical Marijuana bill. The two that said they would sponsor it said no just before the deadline for sponsoring a bill passed leaving, the South Dakotans Against Prohibition no time to find another sponsor. Seems like helping those who are suffering from pain and debilitating diseases is not one of our State Legislators' priorities. We'll be back next year. We at Sioux Falls Free Thinkers DO CARE about helping others!

Below is the some of the history of this campaign.

In the meetings this month several Feminist activists have showed up and contributed some excellent advice on the wording of the Anti-Domestic Abuse initiative "You NEVER deserve Domestic Abuse" billboards, flyers, car toppers, and business cards. This initiative will be a major event for the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers/Sioux Falls Feminists, and for Sioux Falls residents, with 33 billboard panels on 19 billboards starting March 2nd for 6 weeks. You can see the new billboard designs at Anti-Domestic Abuse Billboards and the Flyer at Anti-Domestic Abuse Flyer. You can download the flyer and print it out for distribution to whoever who think would be interested or could use the information on it.

We now have 94 members and about the same number of non-members on our mailing list.

The websites are still being updated almost daily with news articles. Currently there 614 website pages with 1,277 news articles, 206 movie and course descriptions, and 144 book descriptions.

So far we've had 9,946 unique visitors to the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers website and over 118,000 pages across all websites have been viewed. See the Free Thinkers Website Performance chart at Unique Visitor Chart. It will always be the latest chart. Our unique visitor growth indicates a continued interest in all Sioux Falls Free Thinkers websites; Free Thinkers, Atheists, Scientists, Zoologists, and Feminists.

We're also maintaining a Member Websites News Links page. This page has links to all the latest news, statistics and major information pages on all our websites. Putting this one page link in your Internet favorites will give you quick access to all the latest news about Sioux Falls Free Thinkers, Atheism, Humanism, Evolution Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, Animal Intelligence, Feminism, Women's Rights, Women's Equality, the continued Abuse of Women, and where women can get help to stop domestic abuse and domestic violence. All the links are there on one page. The page makes keeping up to date with the Free Thinkers community pretty easy.

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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
February 2015 Newsletter #039
Four weeks of February report.