New interview of WB

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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

7/14/2016 11:42:39 AM

Here It Is

Anthony Nocella– Hello Walter it is great talking to you and getting to know your life story and complex politics beyond Animal Rights and Environmentalism. It’s a breath of fresh air when someone that is Vegan and involved in Animal Rights does not need to talk about those issues 24/7, but can speak to other injustices as well. what would you say are some of the other issues that you are deeply concerned and care about and why?

WB– More and more, I find the problems of technologically advanced civilization to be at the root of most of the injustices and oppressions we face today, including those against Animals and the Earth. It’s not something that most people currently recognize because we are so saturated with it’s effects that it has become completely ambient in our culture. But the fact is that whether we are looking at the prison industrial complex, Animal farming, oil and coal production or police brutality etc. we are talking about oppressions that are only as methodically capable as technology can provide. Prison for example employs the latest in surveillance, confinement architecture and design, depravation and punishment, it really would not be feasible to keep millions of people incarcerated otherwise. Just as the slaughterhouse industry and so-called Animal research industry employs everything from genetic engineering to the thumbscrew and rack.

Technology creates a capacity, and without absolving those capacities they will always become used. just like a canal. you can stop the water flow making the canal of no effect, and it sits there doing nothing, however it’s capacity is not diminished, once water is applied it is directed in exactly the same way.

The same can be said for all technology. Every new innovation opens up a Pandora’s’ box of unforeseeable capacities, some good and some bad, but most wholly unforeseeable and seemingly unstoppable once employed. today everyone is wrapped up in combating or protesting the effects but not the cause. not the capacity. And it’s not a political problem, that is to say that politics won’t solve it, only the collapse of industrial civilization will restore the balance. not capitalism, socialism, anarchism or any other futile, jargon laden, political ideology invented by a bunch of dead white guys with overheated brains.

A much more personal injustice that I am attached to outside of Animal rights is the struggles against racism and for the restoration of people of color. as well as those below the poverty line.

AN– When did you become involved in these issues and why?

WB– When it comes to my views against technology I really have only had chance to sit back and think these things through since my incarceration in 2010. I have read extensively on the subject. I like much of what John Zerzan has to say on the subject, and in the few conversations I had with him he was a very nice man besides. But I think hands down that Ted Kaczynski’s book “Technological Slavery” is by far the best writing on the subject that one will find. And I think his definition and stance against the left and leftish types is spot on.

When it comes to The fight against racism, well, I have been dealing with that my whole life. I’m Puerto Rican, I spent my teenage years in the inner city of Denver, below the poverty line in a duplex with 12 relatives. I dealt with all the horrors that people of color are privy too. Racist cops, soup kitchens, drug abuse, sexual abuse, violence and of course prison. I have now spent 10 years total behind bars (one quarter of my life). When I joined the Straight Edge movement in the 1990’s there was alot of nazi skinheads in Denver. They were older, tougher and organized. so we became tougher and smarter and at times more violent than them to combat the plague of racism in our scene. For me it was never about ideologies or principles as it was about fighting against real serious and acute racism in our neighborhoods and against the substance abuse that plagued my family.

AN– Has your political analysis and activism changed over the last twenty some years, and if so how?

WB– Yeah Definitely. I’m 40 years old now and I definitely see things differently than when I was 20. Back then I held most of the same ideals and beliefs but I saw things in a narrow and two dimensional way. Everything was either this or that, black or white. I didn’t like to look at the fact that things have complexities, people have complexities and not all things can be easily explained away or dealt with. As far as activism that changed too. When I was 20 I was really more interested in venting my anger at injustice and it was very important for my to identify deeply with a cause. Like most people my activism was more about me than I cared to admit. whereas today I don’t consider myself an “activist” at all. I just consider myself a man with deep convictions and a desire to help the world be a more just place.

As far as political analysis that has definitely changed as well. in short I really despise it. I used to identify as some sort of anarchism but in a true evaluation of my beliefs I found them to be in conflict. I believe in right and wrong, good and evil and not in a subjective and secular way . And I don’t seem to have all the politically correct hang ups and taboos the plague anarchists. It seems to me that anarchism is just an extremist form of leftism that cannot divorce itself from leeching off of other peoples struggles and activism.

AN– One issue that is very important to me and to ICAS, which we have been working on for the last 15 years is total liberation. I am sure you have heard the term, which is about a broader global social movement for all to be liberated and emancipated. how do you define the term and how do you work toward total liberation from behind bars?

WB– Yes of course I am familiar with the term, And I definitely support people being as free and emancipated as is possible in a sane and just society but I often wonder how exactly everybody can do that without trampling on the rights of others. For example, lots of people like to do drugs and party, often times this leads to addiction which leads to faulty decision making and a whole host of social ills. Does a persons desire to feed an addiction supersede societies right to be free from it’s devastating effects?

In this day and age people mistake sexual promiscuity and perversion for some sort of liberation but these exact behaviors lead to social ills like pornography, STD’s, unwanted pregnancy, broken homes and the sexualization of youth. So it seems to me that total liberation is a point of view which leaves broad definitions wide open and is a matter of philosophical and political viewpoints.

In reality your rights end where another’s begins and any action that crosses the rights of another is not a right per se but only an ability. Ironically, if we strictly observe the rights of all, which I highly recommend, then society actually becomes fairly conservative and ethical, and of course since many people don’t care whatsoever for observing others’ rights by restricting their own behavior somebody will have to enforce something akin to laws. And we are right back to those with a hedonist or degenerate bent complaining about their rights to carnality, addiction and senselessness.

Of course many people I talk with that identify with total lib feel like once everyone raises their political consciousness enough everyone will be on the same page. But that’s the same thing that republicans, communists and nearly all ideologues say as well. Of course if everyone cared about the same set of values we could all live in harmony. But we don’t and it doesn’t look like we will.

AN– ICAS does alot of work with and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement over the last two years. After the many shootings in 2015 with Mike Brown, Eric Gardner, and Freddie Gray to name a few and now in the last few weeks with Alton Sterling murdered by police in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile murdered by police in Saint Paul what are your thoughts on what we can do and what are black prisoners saying about this issue where you are at?

WB– I am glad to see the awareness being raised about police brutality and these violent murders of black and brown people. I guess now that white people can see it first hand from cellular video accounts it has gotten more air play. It’s and interesting symptom of white society in america that once they figure out that this is real and not simply urban myth that now it’s a huge shock. Of course any black or brown person from the hood knows dam well that the cops are dangerous and will potentially kill you. I think we’ve all known that for centuries now. And true to the nature of the white power structure since they have begun to figure it out they now seek to instruct the rest of us how to deal with it and stand against it.

That’s why I think it is important that people of color stand against these injustices on our own terms and not the terms of the system, and definitely not on the terms of white activists seeking to assuage their white guilt.

As far as what black prisoners that I know say about it they think it is sick and wrong, they are angry when they see they death of their people on TV. and then all stare at each other and wish they had the power to stop it. The interesting thing is that everybody seems to think it’s terrible except the white inmates. most of them are very racist and all tattooed with swastikas. but in this instance they seem to sometimes be conflicted over who they hate more the blacks or the cops.

AN– With so many activists saying that prisons are a very punitive, violent, oppressive, and repressive place do you or prisoners you know have alternatives for prisons and if so, what are they?

WB– Well yes all prisoners have different ideas about prison reform but they are largely immaterial because we are on the lowest rung of this society. Our voices are largely censored and unheard and the authorities have a vested interested in keeping us that way. this is the systems business, prison is a huge source of revenue. they are not going to let us go home and downsize their own business. And prison is a very punitive, violent and oppressive place. Actually it’s worse than that. it crushes men’s souls turns then into obsessive, compulsive and frustrated dependents. It’s an artificially controlled environment designed to belittle you and destroy your pride. It’s a place that seeks to sever your independence and replace it with sugar, television and fist fights.

And yet there is another sad truth. Many of the men I am locked up with, I am glad they are here with me and not with you. Because how do you reform in any meaningful way a serial rapist, a child molester or a pathologically violent man that can bench press nearly 500 pounds? Society is warped and twisted and it is breeding a population that is warped and twisted and I, and my fellow inmates are surrounded by the products of that system, and unfortunately we oftentimes become products of that system.

AN– When it comes to support what can people do for you?

WB– Money isn’t everything……….. But then again it’s not nothing either.

Thanks so much Anthony for the questions I really enjoyed the opportunity to speak with you. Take care and I’ll do the same.

Abdul Haqq September 2014

W a l t e r  B o n d

 

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Fifth anniversary of Walter Bond’s sentencing in Denver Colorado on Feb 11, 2011

Sheepskin Factory

Before he was sentenced by the judge that day, Walter Bond said this …

Statement to the court in Denver, Colorado, February 11, 2011

I’m here today because I burnt down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale, CO, a business that sells pelts, furs and other dead Animal skins.

I know many people think I should feel remorse for what I’ve done. I guess this is the customary time where I’m suppose to grovel and beg for mercy. I assure you if that’s how I felt I would.

But, I am not sorry for anything I have done. Nor am I frightened by this court’s authority. Because any system of law that values the rights of the oppressor over the down trodden is an unjust system.

And though this court has real and actual power, I question its morality.

I doubt the court is interested in the precautions that I took to not harm any person or by-stander and even less concerned with the miserable lives that sheep, cows and mink had to endure, unto death, so that a Colorado business could profit from their confinement, enslavement, and murder. Continue reading

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Four Years Ago On October 13, 2011

Four Years Ago on October 13, 2011 in Federal District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah

Walter Bond’s Statement at his Sentencing

I’m here today because of the arsons I committed at The Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah which sells the incredibly cruel product foie gras.

The US Attorney wants to give me the maximum sentence and beyond, not because of my ‘crimes,’ but because I am unrepentant and outspoken.

My intuition tells me that this court is not going to show me mercy because I became ‘suddenly sorry.’  So instead of lying to the court in a feeble attempt to save myself, as I’m certain many do when they face their sentencing day, allow me to tell you what I am sorry for. Continue reading

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Prisoner Support Defined

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

8/15/2012 2:04:44 PM

Prisoner Support Defined

In this technological era of instant communication its easy for the internet activist (oxymoron intended) to lose line of sight with what is, and what is not, support for imprisoned activists. Here is a brief explanation of good prisoner support and why it’s important to the convict and the movement of Total Liberation.

-THE BIG FOUR-

As a prisoner there are four things that make all the difference in our lives. These are: money, letters, pictures and books/magazines and print media.

1. MONEY- While we are given the bare minimum in prison and jail to survive, funds make all the difference. Just as in the world outside of the walls and razor wire personal clothing like shorts, sweatshirts and even quality underwear cost money. decent hygiene costs money. Food (other than that given to you at meal time, which is not adequate, no matter what your diet, but especially on a Vegan one) costs money. As do stamps, sending and receiving emails, downloading music, phone calls etc. But unlike the outside world prisoners have no way to make money. Even with a prison job which if you have a good one might pay 50 dollars a month (maximum) the prison system gets to take up to 100% of that if we owe any restitution or fines. Therefore a few bucks is always appreciated by prisoners.

2. LETTERS- Prisoners have no way to stay in the loop, keep current on events, or know that anyone cares at all unless we get a letter. In this day and age thousands of people may visit a support sight or face book page. But in places like the CMU (communications Management Unit) for political prisoners we are not even allowed to receive printouts of those nice blurbs of support in our snail mail. Ask yourself, am I posting this to be part of an online community or because I support this person in reality? If so then send it in a letter. Remember while federal inmates have limited accesses to email we have NO accesses to the internet.

3. PICTURES- As a prisoner our world is visually depressing. Gray paint, concrete, doors, walls, bars, cages and razor wire. We see the same people everyday, no changes. Pictures of Animals, Nature, cities, yourself definitely are appreciated. I have a photo album and two cork boards in my cell. I pin pictures of nature to them to have some makeshift scenery on my walls and from time to time I flip through my photo album to remember what Vegans and Animals look like.

BOOKS/MAGAZINES AND PRINT MEDIA- prisoners have more time to focus on books than anyone else on the planet! But if they don’t get sent in there is nothing of interest to read. most jails and prison libraries stock used romance and fiction novels nothing of substance. A book or magazine will not only get read by the person you send it to but every prisoner that can get their hands on it! Books have a captive audience in prison. I remember when I was going to court in Salt Lake City books that I read and placed on the book cart quickly made the rounds and were read by hundreds of inmates. Most of these books are still circulating in that jail long after I have left.

This ‘Big 4’ is what you can do to support those of us that have lost our freedom, fighting for the freedom of the Earth and Animals. Prisoner support is vital for the P.O.W. that receives it but more importantly for the future of resistance. The reality is that jail and prison is simply the occupational hazard of Earth and Animal warriors. It’s important that would be and future liberators know that if, or when they face government oppression they will be supported and remembered as long as they spoke or fought for Mother earth and the Animal Nations and NEVER INFORMED ON OTHER ACTIVISTS. This is the circle that keeps Liberation a living struggle and not merely an idea or ideal. we’re in here for the Earth and Animals, you’re out there for us!

Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!

Walter Bond behind bars at Jefferson County Jail, Golden Colorado, Aug 2010

ALF POW

Walter Bond

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El Incendiario de la Revolucion Animal por Paula Ricciulli

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

6/20/2014 7:53:09 AM

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EL INCENDIARIO DE LA REVOLUCIÓN ANIMAL

Por Paula Ricciulli (http://issuu.com/cartelurbano/docs/edicion41/45#share)

A Walter Bond lo sentenciaron a diez años de prisión por incendiar fábricas de lana y pieles, en protesta por el maltrato a los animales. desde una cárcel en Marion (Illinois), insiste en que no se arrepiente de lo que hizo. Entrevistamos a este activista del frente de liberación animal.

Mr. Whirly, el profesor de kínder de Walter Bond, le dijo una vez a la mamá de éste: “Su hijo es un niño muy brillante, pero tiene problemas con la autoridad y eso le causará inconvenientes algún día”. Y así fue. Hoy, Bond cumple una sentencia de diez años por los cargos de incendio en segundo grado y ofensa criminal. Continue reading

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I Am the ALF “Lone Wolf”

VFL flyer

I Am the ALF “Lone Wolf”

On April 30, 2010 at 3:30 am I burned the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado to the ground. I did so strictly following Animal Liberation Front (ALF) guidelines to harm no life while at the same time maximizing damage to a business of Animal exploitation.  I used the nickname “Lone Wolf” in my communications to the media, even though I knew that using such a moniker made my actions easier for the authorities to link together.  I did it for a specific reason that I will get to a little later in this article, but for now, let me back up and explain how and why I came to join the Animal Liberation Front. Continue reading

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Always Looking Forward

Raised fists

by Walter Bond
9-7-2011

Since my arrest I have been asked a couple of questions frequently by supporters. The two most asked questions are, “What was it like being in the Animal Liberation Front / Underground?” and, “What’s it like to be in jail or prison?” In this article I will answer both of these questions to the best of my ability.

But first, I must admit certain experiences in life are initiatory and as such cannot truly be conveyed accurately through the medium of words. This has its good and bad points. For me, as an individual, I am very grateful that this is the case, for it has shown me that certain things are sacred and secret. I am reminded that sometimes word jugglery is simply inadequate no matter how elegantly stated. Continue reading

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Interview by Paula Ricciulli for the Columbian magazine Cartel Urbano

Do you think there will be a time when mankind stops relying on Animals?

I think there will come a time when humanity either stops using Animals’ dead bodies for food, research, clothing and all other reasons or humanity will reap the consequences of environmental destruction due in large part to Animal agriculture and industrialized civilization.  In either event, it’s a certainty that Animals and the Earth will once again live free from human tyranny and exploitation.  So the only real question is will our species ever wise up and become part of the ecosystem instead of a cancer to it?  Currently it does not look like we will.  We are nowhere near treating ourselves with respect, let alone Animals.

You have said a lot of times that you don’t regret the arson you caused. Why don’t you regret it?

I don’t regret my arsons first and foremost because they were justified.  Animals lives are snuffed out by the billions every year because of human greed, gluttony, bloodlust and psychopathology.  All I did was destroy some property.  My arsons were in fact a meek and passive action in retaliation for all the innocent Animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors.  It’s unfortunate that people are so easily focused on my response (arsons) to these atrocities, but not the Animals’ plight.  This is because human society purposefully sets the context for these issues to be from the perspective of a business owner’s ability to profit from an Animal’s slavery and death and never from the perspective of what the Animals suffer because of human injustices.  I think arson was a great way for me to address these problems. Continue reading

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