Friday, August 13, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
NEWLY EDITED VIDEO! Fannnnntastic!
Check out our new video which was shot and edited by none other than the amazing Steve Garfield himself! Thank you Steve! Wooooohoooo! Terror Free!
And hey! Read the new "It's Not Easy Being Green" speech... this is a great thing to do on your lunch break today...
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
GO TO THE Terror Free Crowns Page!
Friday, July 30, 2004
LOOK WHO ENDED UP ON THE CNN.COM FRONT PAGE!!!
on the front page of CNN.com!
Yeah! Terror Free!!
They are showcasing this image in a TIME magazine photo album - check it out!
(*and for the record, this photo was taken at the Revolutionary Women's Conference! Thanks Barbara Lee for organizing it!)
And of course, thanks for being Terror Free!
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Take The Statue of Liberty Gang Pledge
"I, _____, as a member of the Statue of Liberty Gang, do hereby endeavor to be Terror Free in every moment of every day as long as I exist in this Universe, so help me, oh Statue of Liberty. Sharing liberty is freedom, and true freedom is completely Terror Free. "
-this pledge can be happily accentuated by a little yell.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
It's not easy being green...
It is, admittedly, no so easy being green.
The makeup gets everywhere and completely wrecks your clothes and the interior of your car.
You smudge all over people when you hug them, and it gets awkward.
Your pores get clogged, and you smell weird.
And it is really difficult to feel like a princess when you keep sliming people with your smushy greeness. But hey, you're green. You are green...
Being Terror Free is not so easy either.
There are a lot of wacky ideas floating around that are pretty damn scary.
They stick to you like mosquitoes on a vein until you are scratching yourself saying, "Hey! I thought I was Terror Free?..."
Staying Terror Free is like trying to keep your green from running or smearing - it takes patience, practice, and time. And more patience and practice, to the point where it feels like a heroic effort just to be calm, cool, and collected when one more scary thought comes your way.
Being Terror Free is like being a superhero and constantly holding your hand up to the freight train of negative thought that is aimed at you. Death! Terror! Destruction! Fire! Tornado!
Blizzard! Flaming Monkey Attack! Unemployment! Death! Death again! Starvation! Kidnapping! Killer Donkeys! Waterslide Impalement! Insane Koala Bears! Violent Headless Nuns! Truckstop Dancing Maniacal Thieves! And Death again! One more time! Death!
These are all scary things. Especially the big D.
They are difficult things to not be terrified of.
Did I mention Death. Yeah, that one is scary.
You think they weren't scared?
Yeah, I don't think so .
Chances are, that when they got thought of the bad stuff they were like, "Oh Crap, I really don't know if I have it in me to put that suit on again...Man, why can't they call the other guy...Iceman or something...Green Lantern, what's he up to, he hasn't saved much for a while, call him..."
And they probably wished that they could go on eating their turkey sandwich and watching the news. And you know, just let people die. Or get hurt. Or be scared. Or terrorized. Or attacked by the flaming monkeys who bit off the nuns' heads. You know, bad things just happen, let somebody else fix it.
But the next thing you know, there they are, in a telephone booth, crawling into a catsuit, and mentally reciting "The Little Engine That Could".
Then they fly around and are like, "See, no problem....nooooo problem....no problem....andddd....no problem....cool, done, goodbye flaming monkey issue."
They agree to be the best version of themselves for a little while, for the betterment of everyone else. Then they go back and eat turkey,
We, of the Statue of Liberty Gang, like turkey sandwiches, and we also realize that our goals in being green and Terror Free are not so easy day in and day out. We are not naturally green, and we are working on being Terror Free...
In doing this, we have come to recognize that while they are phenomenal at covering blemishes and hiding bad hair days, green paint and tiaras are, alas, not the first step in fighting crime.
No, the first step in true Terror Free crime fighting is mentality.
That's right, mentality.
Capital "T", "thought".
You see, superheros look "crazy" because they actually are "crazy" -
you'd have to be crazy to believe that firmly in Good and then publicly act on it.
I mean, what if they were wrong...what if they lost? Not so cool...
Their mentality is what makes them fly to the rescue. Their mentality is their momentum that gets them to the scene of the crime on time, before the crime. Their mentality is pro-active.
Basically, they are not lazy thinkers. They think there might be a better way and they act on it.
Some people say, "What would Jesus do?" Which is nice, because he walked on water and saved people, and he wore sandals.
And certain others say, "What would Superwoman do?" Which is also nice, because she flew through the air and also saved people, and wore knee-high boots.
Similar mentalities, those two polar-opposites of style...
Regardless of what you look like, or how you get there, it's the power of the invisible thoughts that you share that is actually important.
Which means that technically, you can't be a Superhero unless you believe in sharing Good.
Which means believing in Good entirely and wholly until that's what you're sharing. A duhh...
Which is essentially being...
entirely Terror Free.
As we said earlier, this Terror Free thing is not always so easy. Hey, we're human. We get scared. It takes some practice. We would all rather cry under the covers once in a while and hope that Supersomeone is out there somewhere to save our day. Sometimes they do. And we are grateful. And sometimes they don't, and we figure out what to do. And sometimes its a combo thing. Like turkey sandwiches with lettuce and tomato and honey mustard and some tasty cheese - did we mention that we like those things too?
Being Good is like putting on invisible makeup - tips are helpful, and if you practice enough, you start looking really extra Good and feeling extra Good, til well, the day is in and of itself already saved.
And then the next thing you know, you are specatularly shiny green, blue, or beige and are flying through airports or walking over taxis saving another person's day.
Honestly, we know, most of us are not cut out to be Superheros.
This is all fancy blah-blah talk for other people to get psyched over or duped by.
We are too bald or fat or, you know, bored with everything.
We are too tiny, too lame, too cool, or too, what...too into a good book.
Or maybe we are just too well off to risk being off the well...
Who wants to be a superhero anyways?
Icky face paint and scratchy tights are fun for some people, but not for us.
There are a gajillion people in this world, someone else will certainly be crazy enough to believe in Good and really act on it...we'll just watch and see what happens and expect, well...
Yeah? Well, news bulletin: Fear is fun for let's say, next to no one. Not "rollercoaster-fear", but genuine "anxiety-fear". Not many people are terribly fond of that. Not even remotely.
This is not rocket science here.
We are not trying to get to the moon or Mars, we are trying to help ourselves and then the person next to us. This is oxygen-mask-on-the-airplane basics, not Houston-do-you-read-me astrophysics...
It makes sense that we all have the spiritual sense to share our lives with liberty and actively pursue happiness on behalf of ourselves and everyone everywhere. Or at least the person next to us. Whether or not we agree with their politics or hairstyle. Or sense of smell. This concept in and of itself is like a torch and it tends to dissolve fear, particularly when it is shared inherently through being. Superman doesn't have to talk to you, you just have to see him flying through the air to be calmed. And calm people make great decisions. Like what kind of cheese to put on their sandwich. Or yours.
So hey, we can be scared, we just don't have to stay scared.
And we don't have to wait for someone to save us from our own fears...
With cellphones these days, there are enough veritable telephone booths for everyone to change in. The whole world is your telephone booth...time for a change.
You know, we do not know for a fact that Superman didn't call someone before he changed instantly, and say, "Hey, you believe I can do this right? Right?...Okay, thanks...Good...Got to go..." Maybe he called Batman. Maybe he called his mom...maybe he called his best friend Joey that we don't know about. You never know... writers tend to leave a lot out. Like all the times people actually have to go to the bathroom. There are a lot of important details that we know nothing about. And yeah, that Jesus guy, supposedly he went long distance to do the invisible mental-dial up to a pretty consistent source of Good to get his answers...and Buddha, and Krishna, and Ghandi, and that nice woman down the street who gave you her extra bagel. She checked in with herself first to make sure that was the great thing to do...
You know, imagine yourself being carefree and happy, and then share something, who cares what it is. It's your bagel to give. It is probably not new deoderant or a shiny car, it is probably just a new version of a shinier Terror Free you. Huh, imagine that. As basic as a bagel. Start super small. Step by step... "Here, hey, here's a bagel, you want it? No, I didn't pick it up off the floor...it's good, I swear...really..." Share your bagel. Start a revolution. The new version of shiny Terror Free you, revolving around, sharing...
Shiny shiny shiny spiritual you. Who cares if you smell, you can fix that later.
Superman probably reeked. Hey, he was really busy.
Other powerful people probably do to. Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter probably need baths right now.
They also probably have bad hair days. Hey, maybe... it would be freaky if they didn't.
Get yourself sharing.
As for what you are wearing well...
People always think that the outfit is what makes the superhero.
"Nice cape Batman! Love those abs!..."
Hey, outfits are cool.
But actually an outfit is just a disguise so that when crime fighting is done, it is easy to seamlessly segue back to regular life and feel normal as though nothing ever occurred and enjoy eating turkey sandwiches and switch from the news to Simpsons reruns to okay, the Discovery channel. An outfit is like work clothes for superheroes, and frankly, whatever outfit you are wearing will do. It's most important to throw the crappy ideas into the wash everyday, regardless of how many pairs of clean underwear you still have.
Let it just be said, one more time, that none of us want to be fighting crime. We all want to just be Terror Free... come on, wouldn't it would be great for fighting and crime to be well, irrelevant and naturally nonexistant? The answer is "Yes". People doubt universal harmony and say, "Oh, I'd be sooooo bored in a perfect terror-free world" or start saying words like "utopia" while having their eyes rolled into the back of their heads like zombies. Well that's baloney. We'd ALL rather be eating turkey (or tofurkey, yes...) sandwiches and watching baby dinosaurs mate than worrying about crazy violent things happening. People like feeling Good, that's why its called Good. Just because fewer and fewer and fewer people have ever really experienced the feeling of Good doesn't mean that it isn't natural, normal, and actually universally healthy.
The belief in terror and crime is just so big right now that it's like the turkeys are running the sandwich eating world, which is really pretty backwards. Which brings us back to our original idea that its not easy being green, or Terror Free, or a superhero, but it's a worthwhile goal to figure out what we can each do to make a crazy world feel at least a little bit better to be living in. And we can start by doing what the greatest superheros all seemed to do...by making our own thoughts safe.
Then we grab the capes and the costumes or torches and tiaras and share the wealth of feeling good...then we share the bagels and fill the bathtubs...
Being Terror Free isn't so easy these days...there are a lot of scary ideas floating around out there that are easy to grab onto and beat ourselves over the head with ... none of us planned on being superheros, and none of us think we really are... we all need help in this, day in and day out, but...
until the world is crimeless...and everyone stops fighting because they don't need to anymore...
we owe it to ourselves and to everyone else in the universe be as Terror Free as possible. To share our bagels. To pick up the veritable torches and tiaras - whether we see them or not - honestly, it's all about Time.
A Beloved Honorary SOL Gang Member...
Honorary Statue of Liberty Gang Members...
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Another Great Day!
To everyone that we met at the fantastic Revolutionary Women's Conference today - Hello!
For everyone who missed this great event, we will be posting links and photos...
Special highlights include:
Attending an incredibly candid panel on women in the media that included: Liz Walker (WBZtv), Eleanor Clift (Newsweek), Renee Loft (Boston Globe), and Helen Thomas (Hearst Newspapers).
Listening to inspiring and well delivered speeches by Barbara Lee, Sheriff Andrea Cabral, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Secretary Madeline Korbel Albright, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and of course, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And of course, being photographed and intereviewed by countless newspapers, publications, television broadcasts and Statue of Liberty Gang fans...
So keep your eyes peeled - we plan on turning this site into a fun and interactive creative way to become more politically active in your community so PLEASE CHECK BACK IN AND SEND US LINKS and PASS US ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS!
And thanks again everybody for being so wonderfully terror free...
OUR FIRST VIDEO POST!!!!
Go to Steve Garfield's Video Blog!
Placed here at the top by popular demand -
It might take a second to download, but it's worth it....more on the way!