Abdul Haqq turning 40 on April 16

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Here is a letter Walter sent to the ALF Support Group’s newsletter a few years ago that was never published.  (It was from when he was still at the CMU at USP Marion.  Now he is being held at FCI Greenville.)

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

11/20/2012 10:33:41 AM

An Open Letter To ALFSG

Here I sit in the Communications Management Unit in Marion, Illinois. Dead center in the middle of America. As far as my incarceration goes I could definitely be in worse shape. Day to day life in the CMU is uneventful, dreadfully so. It feels like a retirement home for radicals. 50 years old is the average age, so being in my 30’s I feel like a pup in comparison with many of the men I am housed with. My Vegan diet consists mainly of beans and rice, canned spinach and collard greens, trail mix, apples, oranges and starches. I work out about 4 times a week and I am currently doing a military routine. Push ups, pull ups, squats, crunches and burpees. we recently got mp3 players so I have been enjoying some music, mostly Straight Edge, hardcore and metal. As a federal prisoner I must do a minimum of 87% of my sentence. Which currently makes me eligible to be released to a correctional halfway house in the year 2020. Still awhile to go but in relation to other prisoners I am one of the lucky ones.

The average sentence in the FBOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) is 15 years. Meaning that half of the prison population in the BOP are doing over 15 year sentences. So many of the men that I meet are never going home, so I make a point to not complain or even bring up my short time. The most difficult thing about being here is that it feels much like a sensory deprivation chamber. I get two 15 minute phone calls a week and no visits. Every person I have tried to have put on my visiting list has been denied because of any technicality that is imaginable. Not knowing me before my incarceration apparently is grounds for denying me all visitation for the entirety of my prison sentence!

So with very little interaction from the outside a person has no choice but to become self absorbed. I struggle constantly to remember that the world I currently reside in is not the real one, that I am just a passerby and that there is a real world that I still belong to and will return to one day. At the same time I have to remember not to consume my thoughts with the comings and goings of life outside of the walls. It’s agitating to always be physically one place yet mentally somewhere else.

I write these days as much for my own mental well being as for the cause of Animal Liberation. I regret that I cannot be with them now, I really do miss the Animals more than anything else I left behind. But during these years of incarceration so many supporters have brightened my days with letters, phone calls and support. I honestly do not know how I would stay on track without them all. Through this ordeal I remain defiant and outspoken. I am not very good at all the politics and people pleasing that this movement seems to expect from their heroes and spokespersons. But I have a fight in me that won’t quit and I do not walk in fear of prisons, police or people. The Animals will see a day of freedom from human tyranny even if I never do. And I will gladly go to my grave swinging fists and spitting at the sky to hasten that day forward.

I feel like I am part of a new breed of activist, for even though I come from the old school I see myself in league with a true a culture of insurrection. The ones that are relentless and bold. The ones that are sick of paranoia culture and putting ourselves in the systems line of fire. We are done leading with the chin and being human targets for the authorities. if we’re going to risk it all it’s not gonna be to get a little bit of media, its going to be on our terms, it’s gonna be for keeps. We are done holding signs and chanting warnings. Reenacting protestation from the 1960’s is played out. let the stoners play games with their stupid drugs. We reject their hippie bullshit along with the apathetic pacifist posturing.

The Animal Nations and the power of Earth are the only motivation one should need. And there is no excuses to be made. Looking back at the activism I have been a part of and it’s escalation I have to say that other than my arrest I was on the right track. Regrettably, I now have no more anonymity and my days in the clandestine battle for Liberation are finished. But for every door that closes another one opens. For these next years of imprisonment I will remain a solid voice for my Animal sisters and brothers, for the Earth and against all human oppression , because it is all interconnected.

I have been through a hell of a lot personally since my arrest in 2010. At times I have despaired, at times I have questioned my resolve on a great many beliefs and views. But through these trials and tribulations my inner strength has grown and my resolve to continue forward in Earths defense is, as always, unwavering.

Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!

Regards,

Walter Bond USP Marion CMU Feb 2012 #2 cropped

Walter Bond

ALF POW
Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

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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”

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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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Slaughterhouse Blues (Why I am Vegan Part II)

One image in Iowa Select Farms Undercover Video from Mercy for Animals
One image in Iowa Select Farms Undercover Video from Mercy for Animals

by Walter Bond
1-6-2011

Hogs have been genetically tampered with for so long that we no longer know many of their natural attributes. We do know that in nature no hog is pink. That is a genetic modification because people like “light colored pork.” We also know that no hog in the wild gets up to 800 pounds which is a ridiculously obese size. Many times when I worked at IBP (Iowa Beef Producers, which is the largest producer of “pork” in the midwest and I am fairly certain in the nation) I would see hogs that were so unnaturally overweight that one or all of their limbs were crushed under the weight. In this essay I am going to go back to that chamber of horrors to better detail the suffering that thinking, feeling and sentient beings we know as pigs endure at the hands of speciesist human oppressors.

Early in the morning it starts, semi-loads of doomed pigs arrive at the slaughterhouse. They are packed in “assholes to elbows” as the drivers so succinctly put it. At least three hogs per truck will be deemed “unfit for human consumption” usually due to huge abscesses on their hind legs. This happens because a few hogs per trailer always get their rears stuck against the air hole grating. When this happens their hindquarters become horrifically blistered from a 30 hour ride in this condition. Imagine sitting on a school bus with no pants and a cheese grater for a seat. Upon arrival an IBP supervisor inspects the hogs. Any hogs that absolutely cannot be “used” get thrown out behind the facility to either die of exposure or to starve to death. It’s not uncommon to see drivers or IBP supervisors stabbing hogs in the hind legs with pocket knives to pop abscesses and continue with business as usual. The hogs then get filtered from the back of the trailers to the pen runs. This is a very temporary holding area where they wait to be killed. On the opposite side from the trailer docking is the “shoot.” All the hogs get forced into this single file death run made of tubular steel. Once inside the shoot they are on a death march, they cannot turn around and because of the steady flow of their doomed brethren being forced in behind them, they cannot stop. Hogs have the cognitive ability of a 5 year old child. They are very smart and very aware what’s happening. They tremor from fear, some are so frightened they lose control of their bodily functions. Others faint and get pushed along their bellies to death. In any event, there is no stopping. Continue reading

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