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STILL TOGETHER


still togethter
still together by vagabond ©

still together
(an old school nyc love story)

lamstons the five and dime
in the subway at rockefeller center
where we met
went out of business

the criterion movie theater
in times square
where we went
on our first date
became a toys r us but is vacant now

the crumbling pier on christopher st
where we kissed for the first time
among the trannies
and homeless gay youth
is all fixed up now

little rickie’s on 1st ave and 3rd st
selling things no one needed
but everyone wanted
with the black and white photo booth
is gone

nell’s on 14th st
where we did
our midweek clubbing
closed down
and never reopened

domsey’s the thrift shop warehouse
where i bought back the leather jacket
i painted for you
that was stolen from save the robot’s
moved to a storefront

cbgb the church of punk rock
where ricanstruction played
couldn’t afford
to renew the lease

everything rough
and jagged
and strange and wonderful
and sad and broken
but working
is gone

but you and i are still together
living proof new york
real estate agents want to forget
you and i remain defiant

still together
living proof
of a new york no one
believes in
not anymore
anyway

-vagabond ©
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John Penley Anarcho-Yippie (Pt.6)


JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©
JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©

This is the final episode of the web series of John Penley Anarcho-Yippie. In this episode John talks about the crossroads between technology and radical protest. He speaks about the roots of hacking within the Yippies and how many of the things that the Yippies did were a precursor to Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street. John also talks about some of the differences between the Yippies and Occupy Wall Street. The series ends with John talking about how he became homeless and the very real threat that he may end up dying on the street…

To see the whole web series click here…

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Check out John’s Archive @ Tamimnet Library here…

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John Penley Anarcho-Yippie (Pt5)


JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©
JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO-YIPPIE by vagabond ©

In this episode of JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO-YIPPIE John talks about some of his more memorable experiences with the Yippies and how he developed a relationship with the Mohawk people. He also talks about some of his experiences as a photojournalist reveling in a one story in which he got a photo of former Mayor Ed Koch callously walking through an ACT-UP protest. John wraps up this episode with a warning to working class and poor people proposing that revolution may be the only solution left for them…

You can see the Parts 1 – 4 of John Penley Anarcho-Yippie here…

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John Penley Anarcho-Yippie (Pt4)


JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©
JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©

In this episode of JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO-YIPPIE John talks about his support of Bradley Manning and his own experience in the US military and the reason why he relates so deeply to Manning. He also speaks about his recent run in with the law and about the realization that many of his friends are in prison for trying to make the world a better place. He also talks about the Obama administrations ability to kill or imprison American citizens at will and without due process. John wraps up this episode talking some more about his experiences in Zucotti Park with Occupy Wall Street.

To check out Parts 1 –  3 click here

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John Penley Anarcho-Yippie (Pt3)


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JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©

In this episode of John Penley Anarcho-Yippie, John compares and contrasts his experiences with the Yippies with his days in Zucotti Park and being involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. John also talks a little bit about more his archive of 30,000 images in the Tamimnet Library at NYU. As he does he reminisces about his days as photojournalist documenting the Squatters movement of NYC’s Lower East Side.

To check out Part’s 1 & 2… click here

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John Penley Anarcho-Yippie (Pt2)


JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©
JOHN PENLEY ANARCHO YIPPIE by vagabond ©

In this episode of John Penley Anarcho-Yippie, John talks about how he first came to New York and his experiences with the Yippies in New York. He talks about meeting Abbie Hoffman, Bob Fass, Wavy Gravy, Dhourba Bin Wahad, and Judith Molina of The Living Theater and many others. He also talks about how the Yippies taught him to manipulate the media to bring attention to the protests that he organizes. John also speaks about his recent occupations starting in Zucotti Park with Occupy Wall Street up to his present occupation in front of the NYU library that holds his archive of 30,000 photos from his days as a photojournalist in New York. John was protesting against NYU and their rapid gentrification of the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. John also recounts his experiences with law enforcement from his day with the Yippies to his days as a photojournalist and to his recent encounters with police during his recent occupations.

By the way… Today is John’s birthday so be sure to wish him a Happy Personal New Year’s Day… HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN AND MANY MANY MORE!!!

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