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

Sheepskin Factory

Before he was sentenced by the judge on that day 9 years ago, 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.

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Obviously, the owners and employees of the sheepskin factory do not care either or they would not be involved in such a sinister and macabre blood trade.  So I will not waste my breath where it will only fall on deaf ears.

That’s why I turned to illegal direct action to begin with, because you do not care. No matter how much we Animal Rights activists talk or reason with you, you do not care. Well, Mr. Livaditis (owner of the Sheepskin Factory), I don’t care about you.

There is no common ground between people like you and me. I want you to know that no matter what this court sentences me to today, you have won nothing!

Prison is no great hardship to me. In a society that values money over life, I consider it an honor to be a prisoner of war, the war against inter-species slavery and objectification! I also want you to know that I will never willingly pay you one dollar, not one! I hope your business fails and you choke to death on every penny you profit from Animal murder! I hope you choke on it and burn in hell!

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To my supporters, I wish to say thank you for standing behind me and showing this court and these Animal exploiters that we support our own and that we as a movement are not going to apologize for having a sense of urgency.

We are not going to put the interests of commerce over sentience! And we will never stop educating, agitating and confronting those responsible for the death of our Mother Earth and her Animal Nations.

My Vegan sisters and brothers our lives are not our own. Selfishness is the way of gluttons, perverts and purveyors of injustice. It has been said all it takes for evil to conquer is for good people to do nothing. Conversely, all it takes to stop the enslavement, use, abuse and murder of other than human Animals is the resolve to fight on their behalf!

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Do what you can, do what you must, be Vegan warriors and true Animal defenders and never compromise with their murderers and profiteers.

The Animal Liberation Front is the answer.

Seldom has there been such a personally powerful and internationally effective movement in human history. You cannot join the A.L.F. but you can become the A.L.F. And it was the proudest and most powerful thing I have ever done.

When you leave this courtroom today don’t be dismayed by my incarceration. All the ferocity and love in my heart still lives on.

Every time someone liberates an Animal and smashes their cage, it lives on! Every time an activist refuses to bow down to laws that protect murder, it lives on! And it lives on every time the night sky lights up ablaze with the ruins of another Animal exploiters’ business!

The Sheepskin Factory, Glendale, Colorado, April 30, 2010
The Sheepskin Factory, Glendale, Colorado, April 30, 2010

That’s all Your Honor, I am ready to go to prison.

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Walter Bond is nearing the end of his prison sentence.  His release date is March 4, 2021, but he will probably be sent to a halfway house several months before then.  Right now he is still being held in the CMU at FCI Terre Haute.  As you can imagine, he is psyched about getting out and it feels to him like it’s just around the corner, which it is!

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Terre Haute CMU
PO Box 33
Terre Haute IN 47808

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Eighth anniversary of Walter Bond’s statement to the federal court in Utah before being sentenced on October 13, 2011

On October 13, 2011

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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The End of Anarchy

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
9/9/2019 6:35:47 AM
The End Of Anarchy

I have for half my life had an on again, off again relationship with anarchism. And various factions of anarchism have also had an on again, off again relationship with me. But this has now come to an end. I can no longer, in good faith, have ANYTHING to do with the polyglot mish mash of political and ideological insanity that is anarchism. Not with it’s groups, it’s thought, not of it’s ideologies and not it’s individuals. Continue reading

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Support Walter Bond

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
1/31/2019 7:07:39 AM
Support Walter Bond

Hello Everyone,
This year makes my 9th year in federal prison for my actions in the underground for Animal Liberation. The good news is that at some point next year I will be released. Exactly when is to early to tell but just like everything in the Federal Bureau of Prisons when I am eligible for release to a halfway house and to which city that will be is a mysterious and inconsistent bureaucratic process that varies from prisoner to prisoner. And from what I have witnessed over the years it’s a process that has no rhyme or reason. But whether in the middle or the end, I will be coming home next year. Continue reading

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Interview

From: WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
Date: 8/29/2018 9:52:55 AM
Subject: Interview

Joe Jordan- So your bi-sexual, do you identify as Queer as well?

Walter Bond- I don’t have any problem with the title ‘Queer’, but I guess I use the antiquated term ‘Bi’ mainly for two reasons. First, just to be specific and second because it took me decades to really come to terms with my bisexuality, so it feels as though I’ve earned it. There were many years I struggled and tried to be straight and there were just as many years where I struggled and tried to stay gay. Always on either side of the fence were people, both straight and gay, that well meaning or not tried to influence me to pick a side. And that just did not work for me.

For example, I worked for years in Denver for a gay-owned and operated company that specializes in adult products. I was even in a couple gay adult videos myself. But if my employers (a bunch of misogynistic old queens) would have found out that I dated women. I would have been stuck at the lowest levels of the job if not politicked out of the company all together. And of course to many straight men any type of homosexuality just marks you as “gay”, for good and always.

J.”g”J.- When did you realize you were Bi?

WB- Before I hit puberty. Somewhere around 10 years old.

J.”g”J.- What circumstances lead to you coming out?

WB- I came out in 7th grade and it was basically because I wanted to be honest with my friends and the world around me and quite honestly, to try and find a boy that I could have a relationship with, which I did 🙂 At the time I felt a lot of turmoil about my sexuality and I thought that maybe being out about it would alleviate that. I wish I could say it did but it took me many years of wrestling with the closet before I made peace with myself. Continue reading

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Back In The CMU

From: WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

Date: 2/22/2018 9:08:48 AM

Subject: Back In The CMU

Message:

I was transferred from solitary confinement in FCI Greenville Tuesday, the 13th of February, 2018. According to my notice of transfer I am here because “On December 4th, 2017, the SIS office at FCI Greenville completed an investigation and determined that on November 15, 2017, you enlisted the help of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, (NAALPO relays anonymous communiques, photos and videos to the media about direct action undertaken by radical animal rights activists) to encourage members of the public to e-mail and call FCI Greenville, in order to disrupt normal operations in an effort to pressure the executive staff to agree to several demands to address perceived grievances you have with the institution and the Bureau Of Prisons. Utilizing the inmate telephone system, you provided a recorded message which was released as a podcast, announcing your intention to engage in a hunger strike, outlining your grievances and encouraging supporters to contact the institution in support of your demands. To deter your continued attempts of using inmate communications to convey threats to injure and/or kill civilians; it is recommended that you be placed in a Communications Management Unit (CMU) for increased monitoring of your communications to protect the safety, security and good order of BOP institutions, government officials and the public.” Continue reading

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Walter Bond has been transferred to the Terre Haute CMU

Walter Bond has been transferred to the Terre Haute CMU.

Here is his new mailing address:

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Terre Haute CMU
PO Box 33
Terre Haute IN 47808

If you recently wrote to Walter at the Greenville Illinois prison address, your letter will probably be forwarded to the new address. If your letter is returned in the mail, just re-send it to the new address.

Thank you to all the supporters who have sent funds for Walter over the last few months while he was on hunger strike and later while he was in the SHU. Now that he is no longer in the SHU and transferred to a new location, your donations will be put to good use.

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Breaking News! (good and bad)

Walter Bond called tonight with the following update:

1) He spoke with the Assistant Warden of FCI Greenville and going forward he will get a Vegan tray at all meals. Walter also got assurance on this from the Regional Food Supervisor of the BOP.

2) The AW resolved the issues with delays in postal mail reaching Walter caused by SIS (Special Investigative Services) staff. The AW told Walter to contact him if problems reoccur.

3) Walter ended his hunger strike at day 6.

4) Walter will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communication Management Unit) and will be held in the SHU at Greenville until that occurs in 3 to 5 months. CMUs are prisons set up for who the federal government considers a terrorist. From January 2012 to September 2015, Walter was confined in the CMU at USP Marion. As can be guessed from the phrase “Communications Management” CMUs attempt to all but completely shut off the prisoners’ communications with the outside. Prisoners are allowed very little phone time and all calls are live-monitored by an office in Virginia. Visiting a CMU prisoner is especially difficult: prisoners receive a much smaller visit time allowance and these monitored visits occur inside a non-contact booth where the parties have to speak to one another using phones. All incoming and outgoing mail to CMU prisoners are first sent to an office in Virginia to be read.

Walter is glad for the assurances about his meals and mail delivery. His not at all glad that he will likely be send back to the CMU. In the meantime he is in the SHU. He will be very isolated, being locked up by himself and only allowed 15 minutes per month of phone call time.

For all the people that phoned the prison… thank you very, very much! You will be happy to know you can stop calling!

You can write to Walter:

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

You can pick out a paperback book or magazine (no hardcovers) for Walter and order it to be sent directly to his address (don’t forget his prison number) from amazon, another book dealer or a publisher.

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Current Information about Walter Bond who has been placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) — hunger strike ended

Current information about Walter Bond (as of Nov 22)

This website has been set up and is maintained by supporters for Walter. Walter has no access to this page or to the internet. If any of this information changes, this post will be updated.

Walter Bond’s website has been down for a week, but is now back up (as you can see).

Walter was placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) on Nov 15 or 16. While held in the SHU he is only allowed 15 minutes of phone time per month. He was on a hunger strike which ended on Day 6. He met with the Assistant Warden on Monday, November 20 to discuss the problems he was having at the prison that caused him to go on hunger strike. Walter now will be given Vegan trays at all meals and was assured of a more timely postal mail delivery.

Walter was told that he will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communications Management Unit) within the next 3 – 5 months. Until that time he will be held in the SHU.

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office has retained legal counsel for Walter. If you would like to help the Press Office in funding this effort, you can donate here.  In addition, another attorney with a lot of experience assisting Vegan Prisoners in similar situations is trying to gain permission to communicate with Walter.

Walter cannot now use Corrlinks to send or receive email.

Sending letters or cards to Walter Bond:

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

 

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