Liberty And Survivors

Following on from the initial wave of publicity late last year, New York and a number of other cities across the US are seeing the return of posters and flyers advertising Liberty. Simple line-art depictions of the iconic Libertas (Lady Liberty), they show her in a variety of poses - some in the classic stance, with torch uplifted; others with her pensively studying her stone tablet; others with the torch drooping down by her side as she worriedly looks at the blindfolded figure of Justice. Each bears the simple text: LIBERTY.NET

Online, the Liberty song released last year has been uploaded to YouTube with a new video mix - while the Liberty site and the YouTube channel make available under Creative Commons all the images thus far used as well as the song and videos.

A contest is being advertised, open to anyone aged eighteen and under, to create new music videos and visual media incorporating the Creative Commons media - with the prize for those entries that are most impressive being a day in the recording studio with Adelaide Naimarc, the singer who serves as the chairwoman of Liberty and who wrote and recorded the song of the same name.

In New York itself, word of a rather more local group has spread among those affected by the Dome. Called Survivors, it's a self-help and contact forum for those who were caught within the supernatural prison and also for any others whose lives have been adversely changed by it. Run by people who were trapped in the Dome themselves, it aims to provide a way for resources to be pooled and for complaints and problems to be identified, giving survivors a way of raising issues and requesting help that's rather more personal than the bureaucracies of the government and aid agencies.

Bringing the two together, Liberty have announced sponsorship of a photographic exhibition. Shot by internationally-published photo-journalist Jaiden Mortlock, it provides a personal visual chronicle of events within the Dome, interspersed with accounts and commentaries from some of those shown in the images. Described as "a tribute to the resilience of a city and its people", it is intended to raise awareness and generate funds to support Survivors and other groups helping those affected by New York's array of misfortunes in recent years.

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