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1-21-17 Donald Trump protests attract millions across US and world
Donald Trump protests attract millions across US and world
Millions of protesters have taken to the streets of cities in the US and around the globe to rally against the new US President Donald Trump. Larger numbers of demonstrators than expected turned out for more than 600 rallies worldwide. The aim was principally to highlight women's rights, which activists believe to be under threat from the new administration. The biggest US rally was in the capital Washington, which city officials estimated to be more than 500,000-strong. This far exceeded the 200,000 that had originally been expected by organisers of the Women's March on Washington. By most estimates, it also surpassed the crowd at Friday's presidential inauguration. The protesters in the nation's capital heard speeches from Scarlett Johansson, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Gloria Steinem and Michael Moore among others. A planned march to the White House proved impossible as the entire route was filled with demonstrators. Interim DC Police Chief Peter Newsham told Associated Press: "The crowd stretches so far that there's no room left to march."
1-21-17 Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours
Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours
In the space of 24 hours, Washington was the scene of two Americas. President Trump's supporters came feeling they've just taken their country back. The protesters on the women's march feel they have just lost theirs. It is that stark. The mood at the march was determinedly cheerful, there were men, children and lots and lots of women. Grandmothers teaching their granddaughters the political ropes. But the underlying message was clear - liberal America has just been shoved out of power. These marches were enormous and they came out in cities across the country to repudiate not just Donald Trump, but his whole world view. They didn't just protest about women's issues, there were also signs addressing his positions on climate change, healthcare and Muslims. The polls show us that Mr Trump is the most unpopular new president in American history.
Sioux Falls Feminists is a group mainly made up of people who are interested in supporting and helping the victims of domestic abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. Most domestic abuse, domestic violence and child abuse incidents are not reported. This may be caused by a lack of information provided to women and children about the signs of domestic abuse and violence. Domestic abuse and child abuse includes any form of mistreatment such as: physical, emotional, psychological or sexual. The Sioux Falls Feminists is a group of people who help women and children who are and have been abuse victims. This website provides information on how to distinguish signs of domestic abuse and where to find help. There are many links to help centers, help hotlines, counselors and therapists that can give assistance to women and children who are suffering from any abuse. One in three women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and one in five children will experience child sex abuse. We are here to help women and children recognize abuse and provide them with resources to leave an abusive atmosphere. We are here to let women and children know that THEY ARE NOT ALONE!
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Second Free Thinkers Meetup of the Year: Discuss First Two Weeks of Billboards and TV Ads
Location and Time to Be Announced
The Billboards and TV Ads are bound to create controversy. Share what you have heard.
What more can we do! Ideas please!
The Facts Behind The Hate!
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Founder of Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
The Sioux Falls Feminists group will never have any dues. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. This group will probably never have any formal rules except treating other members and their opinions with respect and giving everyone equal time to speak. This group will never purge members for expressing their opinions or for forming their own group of people that want to help woman that have been domestically or otherwise abused. The only loose requirement is that members, and those attending our meetings, have an interest in one of the subjects of our five websites.
Webmaster's comment: Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is likely to come back legally in the United States in the new political environment. The new leaders all have an inclination to treat women as objects for their sexual pleasure only. Women's rights and women's pleasure are of secondary concern. So why not use Female Genital Mutilation to "treat" Female Hysteria, Female Masturbation, Female Erotomania, Female Hypersexuality, Lesbianism, and Female Moral Insanity again as we did in America between 1860 and the 1960's. Note that it would "solve" the problems of all sorts of "female sexual aberrations" such as lesbianism, erotomania, hypersexuality, and moral insanity. Two doctors just recently advocated the reintroduction of FGM. On 2-22-16 doctors claimed legalizing some genital mutilation may help girls! Expect many more calls for FGM "treatment" to come back in the next 4 years.
The Southern Proverty Law Center and the BBC report
867 Hate Crimes in the ten days after the election.
That's a jump to over 86 per day!
And those hate crimes also targeted women!
12-27-16 Will Trump's election lead to more women in politics?
Will Trump's election lead to more women in politics?
Though she lost the election, Mrs Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million votes. As Hillary Clinton exits the national stage, US women continue to pursue a political life. Will a Trump presidency motivate more women to run for office? The election of Donald Trump delivered a crushing blow to US women's rights activists hoping to elect the first female president. But Hillary Clinton's failure to shatter the metaphorical glass ceiling was not collective. In fact, Mr Trump's victory has appeared to energise a new group of women who have pledged to run for office. She Should Run, a non-partisan non-profit that encourages more women to get into politics, has seen more than 5,100 women sign up for its incubator programme since the election, according to Erin Loos Cutraro, the group's chief executive and co-founder. The incubator, initially launched in March, helps prepare women who are interested in running for office and connects them with like-minded women.
12-17-16 Hundreds of US gymnasts allege sexual abuse
Hundreds of US gymnasts allege sexual abuse
Hundreds of US gymnasts have come forward to say they were sexually abused by adults in the sport. A nine-month investigation by the Indianapolis Star finds 368 gymnasts allege abuse over 20 years, by at least 100 coaches, gym owners and others. The allegations come amid claims that the US body that governs gymnastics did not do enough to prevent the assaults. But USA Gymnastics says it is "proud of the work it has done to address and guard against child sexual abuse". The sport received huge attention earlier in the year due to the success of its women's team at the Rio Olympics. The newspaper writes that gym owners and athletes were reluctant to come forward with their allegations for fear that they would attract negative attention and lose potentially lucrative sponsorships. Those that did complain to USA Gymnastics felt that their claims were ignored, as the governing body failed to alert police to the alleged crimes. Those that did complain to USA Gymnastics felt that their claims were ignored, as the governing body failed to alert police to the alleged crimes. (Webmaster's comment: Another male coverup. But this time it's protect the men, don't even bother to blame the women children.)
10-11-16 Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children
Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children
One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the Children says early marriage can trigger a cycle of disadvantage across every part of a girl's life. Conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are seen as major factors that leave girls exposed to child marriage. "Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children," said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "Girls who marry too early often can't attend school, and are more likely to face domestic violence, abuse and rape. They fall pregnant and are exposed to STIs (sexually transmitted infections) including HIV." (Webmaster's comment: In America with parental consent girl children only 15 years-old can be married and made to have sex in Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. In New Hampshire it is 13, in Massachusetts it is 12, in California there is no minimum age limit. For most of the rest of the United States with parental consent the age limit is 16. Without out parental consent for most of America it is 18. But if your parents want to marry you off at 16, or even less, they can probably find a place do it.)
8-23-16 US pregnancy-related deaths are rising and have doubled in Texas
US pregnancy-related deaths are rising and have doubled in Texas
Deaths from pregnancy-related causes have increased by 26.6 per cent across most of the US in 15 years. The problem is particularly bad in Texas, where the maternal mortality rate nearly doubled in the space of a year, from 2011 to 2012. These numbers come from a study of health data led by Marian MacDorman at the University of Maryland. The average maternal mortality rate in the US was 23.8 per 100,000 live births in 2014, although the researchers excluded Texas and California from this calculation. In comparison, it was only 9 and 6 deaths per 100,000 live births in the UK and Australia, respectively, in 2015. In fact, according to a previous analysis, the US is one of only eight countries in the world where the rate of pregnancy-related deaths has gone up in the last few decades, instead of down. The other countries where this has happened are Afghanistan, Belize, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Greece and the Seychelles. But it’s Texas’s shocking rise that has caught the most attention. MacDorman’s team hasn’t pinned the state’s doubling in maternal mortality to a specific cause, but the team did note that the it has seen “some changes in the provision of women’s health services” since 2011. These changes include cuts to funding for women’s health and family planning. A new law restricting abortions in Texas – which has now been struck down by the US Supreme Court – also prompted a number of abortion clinics across the state to close. This may have made it harder for women whose health was at risk from pregnancy to get a termination.
Our "slogan" above comes from the following quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events and meetings. Hopefully we can help put you in touch with those who can help.
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