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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
January 2015 Newsletter #038
Four weeks of January report.

In January we had 7 meetings. One at the Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant, one at Tomacelli's Pizza, one at Skelly's Pub, and four in the Conference Room at the Main Public Library. At these meetings we discussed the wording for the Anti-Domestic Violence billboard campaign 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), the negative health effects of space travel (human beings have not evolved to do without earth's gravity), and advanced 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.

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.

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

As part of the Legalize Medical Marijuana campaign we are offered to match funds for 20 car top signs. Twenty Lighted magnetic car top signs cost $120 each. If 20 supporters of Legalizing Medical Marijuana put up $60 each, and promise to use the signs, Sioux Falls Free Thinkers promised to match those funds and purchase the following car top sign for each contributor. These very visible signs could have had a significant impact on the success of the Legalize Medical Marijuana campaign. Unfortunately no one took us up on this offer.

The Sign The Wording

Medical Marijuana Car Topper: Car Top Sign with We Should Legalize Medical Marijuana

Also 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.

At the last two meetings, Open Minds at the Pub, and the following meeting at the Main Public Library, several activist Feminists 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 89 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 593 website pages with 1,228 news articles, 205 movie and course descriptions, and 144 book descriptions.

So far we've had 9,482 unique visitors to the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers website and 111,000 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; Atheists, Scientists, Zoologists, Feminists, and Free Thinkers itself.

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
January 2015 Newsletter #038
Four weeks of January report.