Re Occupy The Yippie Museum
For over four decades, #9 Bleecker Street has been the headquarters of American and even international counterculture. It is the official home of the Yippies, (Youth International Party) a group of late 60's activist pranksters initiated by the legendary Abbie Hoffman working to create positive social change by mocking and subverting the establishment.
Notables such as Allen Ginsberg, Paul Krassner, John Sinclair, Phil Ochs, William Kuntzler, Tom Forcade, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Bob Fass, Comedians Randy Credico, Rosanne Barr, Penny Arcade and many others have used the historic location to rally support for a number of social, environmental and political causes.
In 2006, the space was converted into The Yippie! Museum and Cafe. a space devoted to preserving the history of American activism and providing a location where young activists can mobilize - such as the Occupy Wall Street movement who used it to stage meetings and hold fundraisers.
"Uncle" Dana Beal at the Yippie! Museum.
In late 2013, the Yippie! Museum was snatched away by unscrupulous real estate developers who specialize in gentrification. They used deceptive and outright illegal tactics to take possession of the space and shut it down, robbing the national activist community and the world of a vital one-of-a-kind resource and historic location.
We are asking for ALL who read this message to join our crusade to Re-Occupy The Yippie! Museum by making a donation!
Nothing is too small or too large!
Anything you donate will aid us!
For example ... we need funds to pay our legal bills, maintain the museum's objets d' art, artifacts and documents -- including irreplaceable Yippie! archives,
videos, films and classic 60's through 21st century demonstration posters that heath the history of the movement that changed the world!
Yipster Times Magazine.
Many of the current reforms in drug policy can be credited to the work that took place at #9 Bleecker Street including marijuana smoke-ins, needle exchange, the Global Marijuana March, and the Ibogaine movement (an African rainforest plant extract that can cure drug addiction) all have their roots at this location.
Village Voice Marijuana March Cartoon with Dana Beal leading the way!
Dana Beal and "pieman" Aron Kay in "Death Penalty For Pot" music video.
In addition, it was also a center for social change. The Rock Against Racism concerts in the 80's -90's featuring groups such as the Fugees, Fishbone, In Living Color and many more were planned at #9. Phone phreaking and hacker underground originated at 9 Bleecker in the '70's, as did anti-apartheid in the 80's and anti-war protests up to Iraq and the Drug War today! When Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccoti Park, we regrouped at #9! We are determined to not let it slip away. Take a tour of the Yippie! Museum. (view the youtube clip below)
The Yippie! Museum/#9 Bleecker Street is a vital part of our history that must be preserved.
Yippie Museum At Night!
"For what it's worth" we're going to fight like hell to preserve it. Please help us to achieve our goal and take our space back!
Help us to continue the 2nd American Revolution ...
Lora i met,and seen him yesterday such a GR8T guy.Frist met him on the rew and who show a month ago.
Dana Beal has worked tirelessly, along with many other famous activists, to preserve and fight for our American freedoms. He worked with Dennis Peron on the legalization of medical marijuana (Prop 215), in California, in 1996. He signed the permits for The NYC Pot Parades, and endlessly supports causes from protecting the cultural and environmental landscape, to health for all, always lending an ear and pointing a way forward. Please share this funder and donate, if you can.
This place must be preserved for future generations. I hope you can help. The contributions from this address to American society and youth culture are infinite!
Has anyone seen and talked to Dana Beal? He really should have a project.
I'm not in NY and remember Maxworks from Chicago. I will contribute on a month I can also get food. But Philly where brotherhood is no love, really needs a safe house. Anyone out there want to work on that? I was a yippie at age3 and again in the nineteen-eighties. Good luck Dans. Like the videos.
You're using GoFundMe? The greedy company that let St Louis racist pig & murderer Darren Wilson's supporters raise a quarter of a million dollars. (they made $12,000 off of Michael Brown's blood) I was a member of DC YIP from the beginning and your choice of crowdsourcers betrays everything we stood for. You know what? GoFuckYourself.