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.

J.”g”J.- What has it been like being Bi in prison?

WB- It hasn’t been like anything, I haven’t been laid since 2010, ha ha ha! I mean prison is a place with way higher rates of disease than the streets and no availability to condoms. I can wait a couple more years until I get out but then…… Your all gonna get it ;p

J.”g”J.- Do you have any advice for queer youth in prison or on the streets?

WB- Whether incarcerated or in the world my advice is just be yourself, don’t put labels on it and don’t ever feel like you can’t change. Changes in tastes including sexual can happen from time to time, roll with it.

J.”g”J.- What drew you to anarchism?

WB- Well, back in 7th grade me and a couple friends started a little group called A.S.C.C. (anti-statist counter culture) We mainly made these hand made collage style flyers with little anarchist quips and one liners and we would pass them out to all the places and people we hated. I guess my initial attraction to anarchism was through punk music back in the day.

J.”g”J.- Have your politics regarding anarchism changed over the years?

WB- Yes, hugely! Actually during this last 8 years of incarceration I have been reading and studying and have grown in my ideas and general intelligence so much that I am sometimes embarrassed at how I did not question certain idiotic ideas I have held in the past.

For example, the ridiculous and fucking idiotic ideology of so-called ‘vegan hardline’, with all it’s hyper masculine religious protofacist bullshit! I became enamored with the band Vegan Reich back in the 90’s and allowed myself to get taken in by the hardcore and unapologetic stance that they embodied. Unfortunately, this warped much of my thought when it came to Animal Rights and Straight Edge.

But in the end I was chasing a ghost. Nobody can be so brutally self-disciplined, internally and externally, as to be able to actually live your life without masturbating, eating only raw fruitarian diets and beating up anyone (or everyone) that has ‘unclean’ thoughts or actions. It wasn’t until years later I learned that this is all just another form of the old fascist 3rd position crap that infiltrates and syncetisizes already existing movements.

J.”g”J.- Do you identify as part of the left?

WB- I have no problem with anarchism’s long history on the left as libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism, anarcho- communism, etc. Let me start there. I think some of the most intense and insurrectionary forms of anarchism took root in these classical times in the movement and I think to left anarchism’s credit it has a more serious body politic of theoretic and practical organization.

These things while maybe appearing to be dry or irrelevant today are still, I feel, very important. For Anarchism to be serious it needs to have answers about how we will live and organize whole societies of millions of people. This means workers, teachers, care for the elderly and sick. It does us no good in the real world to tell someone that has a real need for care don’t worry we’ll use our spontaneity when the time comes. The classical anarchists, the red anarchists of yesteryear, while being fixated on socialism and it’s terminologies were serious thinkers and this is important.

That said, what I do not support is those today that out of the sake of nostalgia and safety want to simply recreate and act out the same regressive movements of the past. This is not the late 1800’s anymore, the picket line has been crossed, the unions sold out, communism betrayed and largely irrelevant, and capitalism high jacks everything it touches from punk rock to feminism, to veganism to , you name it. Post-left anarchism has a lot more to say and do with what is relevant to the struggles of today but it needs to become a lot more serious in it’s thought.

For instance when I read the words of Sacco and Vanzetti I am reminded that being the radical of the radical socialists and ferociously anarchist at the same time, need not be mutually exclusive. So, to get back to your question, yes I identify with the left, but I do so only as an Anarchist. And one I might add one that has 5 arsons on his record as is doing this interview from a CMU counter-terrorism prison unit and not from a book circle in some cozy manicured squat.

J.”g”J.- What are your feelings on sometimes “violent” expressions of what is technically “anarchism” (Nihilism, Eco-extremeism, Etc.)?

WB- I am not a pacifist and I never have been. If I had it my way we would live in a peaceful world, I wish that. But we don’t. My experience with many so-called pacifists is that they are authoritarian in nature and practice. The whole movement must obey their high and mighty moral bullshit. or else they will be the first ones to snitch you off to the cops or feds. I don’t worry about the violence of anarchists, it is incredibly rare. I worry about the extreme violence that the state wields against the general population physically, psychologically, emotionally and mentally with impunity and malcontent and on a staggering institutional level.

J.”g”J.- So the Islam/Abdul Haqq thing, could you take us through the on again off again relationship you had with it?

WB- I became interested in Islam about a year before my arrest in 2009. Many of the people involved with the original hardline movement followed its founder Sean Muttaqi from the band Vegan Reich into Islam this was where my interest began. When I first arrived in the CMU at Marion I was shocked to find that most of the unit was Arab Muslims with so-called terrorist cases. I figured this was a ‘sign’ and that what better opportunity would I have to learn than in that place and at that time.

So I became a Muslim, I studied, I practiced and I did my best to be a faithful servant of the religious teachings. But at the end of the day I just suck at being religious! I started to feel as if everything, even the 5 daily prayers which are supposed to be a joy to a true believer were just another obligation, in a world of obligations that began to feel stifling to me.

Also, I am no good with orthodoxy of any sort. I like to come to my own conclusions. To believe just because I am told did not work when my dear old mother was trying to advise me as a child, let alone now as an adult. So I tried, then I got frustrated and left Islam, then I tried again, still thinking I might not have given it an honest effort. But no, I am not a Muslim, I am not a believer of any sort. It’s not in my nature and I felt like I was suffocating or drowning when I tried.

J.”g”J.- Did you take anything away from it, now that you are back to the dude we know and love?

WB- I learned some Arabic and I now have a personal understanding of what religious adherence means. I never had that before, having been raised in an irreligious home.

J.”g”J.- What is your relationship to spirituality now?

WB- None, I am an atheist, unequivocally. Actually, I’m a real nasty materialist. If it doesn’t have matter, than it don’t matter. It may seem odd to some but fully embracing atheism has had a very positive affect on my life. After my foray into religion I made the promise to myself to just try to figure out what’s real and do away with all the yearnings to wish things were the way I wanted them to be. Now, I think ultimately what is ‘real’ or ‘true’ is often unperceivable by us because we are biologically limited by our own perspectives. But just the striving and adjusting ourselves to what is, makes a huge difference.

Today I don’t have to be right, I don’t have to feel that I have stumbled upon information that is infallible. This means I can learn more, and more quickly because I am not standing in my own way refusing to admit apprehension or mistakes. And now I carry this critical atheist attitude over into other areas of my life, this calm resolve to internalize what is really going on outside of my own wants and conceptions, and here comes the hard part, with the earnestness to accept realities over my biases. Applying this to hard questions and difficulties in my personal life has not taken the sting out of hard times but it has made it infinitely easier to accept and get over those difficulties. I only have pay the emotional price once.

J.”g”J.- What are your plans for your ‘re-entry’ life?

WB- Well, I still have a couple of years to go, but as it stands now, I plan on going to New York City. What I will do for work at the moment I have no idea. so at some point probably around this time next year I will start trying from my prison cell in Indiana to job hunt in NYC. I had tried for years to transfer to a prison closer to the east coast so that I could at least start getting visits from people closer to where I will be touching down and thereby build my social network up. But no, the bureau of prisons is not concerned with me being close to family and friends. However, at the end of the day I will be just fine. I have the best group of friends a person could want and if there is one thing I know how to do it’s get started again.

J.”g”J.- What kind of support do you think you’ll need?

WB- Honestly, I don’t know. The first thing I know I’m gonna have to deal with is the shock of being out. I will have been in prison over a decade upon release and most of that time has been in CMU units which are tiny segregation units. The last time I was on a regular prison yard it felt overwhelmingly large for the first few weeks. So when I get out I’m gonna need to adjust, I’m going to need to keep good people around me I’m gonna need help getting back into the swing of things. And of course money, you can’t do anything in America without that.

J.”g”J.- If You could spend a week with anyone in hxstory, living or dead, who would it be and why?

WB- Hmm, form history…. I would have to go with Helen Keller because I don’t think there is any other historical figure I could learn more from in a week than her.

J.”g”J.- If There’s one persxn in the world right now you could wish out of existence, who would it be and why?

WB- Steven Pinker, There is not one thing about that guy that I can stand. From his irrational sense of optimism to his ivory tower writings from his ivy league university!……… I even hate his hair!

J.”g”J.- What is your favorite animal or the animal you most closely identify with?

WB- The wolf is definitely my power animal. Even here in the prison nobody calls me Walter, they all call me Wolf. My mother used to raise wolves so this affinity of mine really started with her.

J.”g”J.- Do you think there is any hope for the future?

WB- Absolutely! As long as there is resistance to tyranny, then there is hope my friend.

Thanks so much for the great questions Joe! I really enjoyed the opportunity to elaborate on some of these topics both personal and political. And thanks so much for your support and friendship through these years of incarceration. Lots of people come and go which is the natural course of things, but it makes the ones that stick around so much more memorable and special. Until next time, take care and I’ll do the same.

Walter Bond

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Why I Am Straight Edge

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
5/13/2018 7:37:27 AM
Why I Am Straight Edge

I am Straight Edge because I hate drugs and alcohol. I don’t want to use them, I don’t want to be around other people who use them and I want nothing to do with drug culture, the bar scene, etc. What separates me from being simply drug free is that I actively stand against drug culture and I have taken a life time oath to abstain from the filth of inebriation.

I suppose every person that claims Straight Edge has their own set of reasons and values that they ascribe to it. for most it is a phase that they go through, a music scene with associated fashions they identify with, or a peer group to belong to that is obscure enough to satisfy a tribal desire. I went through all that decades ago and while it was fun and I still enjoy the music it ceased to be about crews, and bands, and dance moves for me along time ago. Being honest that was never my main stay in Straight Edge to begin with. so I guess………. Well, I guess I’ll start at my beginning. Continue reading

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Veganism At The Intersection

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
5/3/2018 11:08:46 AM
Veganism At The Intersection

Intersectionality. The places where all the various struggles for social justice movements intersect, and the places many feel we should all come together linking our struggles, becoming stronger together and fortifying a united front against racism, sexism, ableism and all other forms of human oppression.

But what about specieism? It seems that when intersectionality gets applied to Animal liberation that it is largely a one way road. We are to sacrifice the integrity of our movement to once again focus on human issues as the core, as the primary concern. We are called upon to stop with all this Vegan nonsense which, don’t you know, is just so elitist and privileged! we are asked to only see the suffering, torture, exploitation and death of hundreds of species, billions of lives lost and brutalized as equal to one segment of our own species not enjoying full social equality?

I don’t buy it….. Pluralistic movements often fail from lack of a definitive goal. When your dealing with large groups of people with various beliefs, ideas and points of view the more complicated you make the goal the more you alienate your own cause from the mainstream and in the case of Animal Liberation we want Veganism, concern for Animals and the Earth to be accessible to all, to be practicable by all, not just by those who we feel have right ideas or politics or views, right?

Veganism and Animal right is not a punk rock movement where we don’t want the ‘conformists’ or ‘posers’ to take ‘our thing’. It’s very good that Veganism along with concern for those outside of our species is becoming more mainstream, this is what makes it relevant and turns that stream of consciousness into eventual and long term change for Animals. 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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Seventh anniversary of Walter Bond’s sentencing in Denver Colorado on Feb 11, 2011

Sheepskin Factory
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
1/12/2017 12:35:24 PM
Feb. 11

At the time I wrote this statement it’s really impossible to convey accurately what life was like for me at the time. Although before my incarceration I was an activist for Animal Rights and Veganism I was never a visible person within the movement. I worked in a local health food store. on the weekends I worked for an Animal sanctuary and I tabled events in my spare time teaching people about the Animal’s plight and the ethics behind Veganism (not just about the food).

In late April of 2010 I burned down the sheepskin factory in Denver and never again would my life be the same…. I don’t feel the same. It no longer matters to me if I can change the world, I don’t spend long hours ranting and raving about how terrible my non-Vegan family or friends are or how they just don’t get it. I don’t waste my time or emotional energy crying over the cruelties of this world. And I don’t give up on, or compromise Animal Liberation because I can’t change things single handedly. These are the unfortunate phases that many who come into this movement go through. A kind of activist burnout ritual that is both superficial and selfish.

It’s not about crying all the time for Animals, Being angry on their behalf, or inventing a new line of feel good Vegan crap to make consumers and companies feel the activist fever. It’s not about me in this prison, or how you, I, or we feel about anything! It’s about positive action that saves Animal’s lives today! that stop their exploitation and enslavement today! no matter what we feel like or think about it! Continue reading

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Essay received via postal mail from Walter Bond

Essay received via postal mail from Walter Bond
(dated December 14, 2017, postmarked January 23, 2018, received on January 29, 2018)

A month ago I got locked up in solitary confinement for going on hunger strike. I didn’t eat for a week until I could get some resolution on my Vegan diet and my mail in a timely manner. I was appeased enough for me to come off hunger strike but by no means did I achieve anything like an unequivocal meeting of my demands. Not at all surprising in the federal prison system the ultimate bureaucracy. And not at all surprising is the fact that I have been referred back to the highly repressive and suppressive CMU unit. A so-called counterterrorism prison unit of which I have already done over 3 years. And it would not even surprise me if they sent me somewhere worse than I’ve ever been. I mean, I had the audacity to demand food and mail, the horror!

So here I sit in the hole. The last time I was here was Father’s Day after seeing a friend, a Puerto Rican, just like me, stabbed in the stomach. And the ensuing fight that broke out. The time before that it was the hole inside the CMU after I broke my hand on someone’s very deserving face. I was refused medical treatment for the telescopic fracture in my hand, although the doctor did tell me to aim with my top two knuckles next time.

In the last 7 odd years I have seen stabbings, beatings with locks, razor blade attacks, etc. Prison’s not a pretty place. So here I reside in my concrete box. I have no idea for how long maybe another month, maybe a year. It’s not my call it’s the systems and they have hated me ever since I showed defiance in the courtroom on sentencing day in Denver, Colorado.

I remember in my statement I said “prison is no great hardship to me.” And you know what’s changed since then….. not a fucking thing! Not one fucking thing! Continue reading

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The Roots of Compassion by Walter Bond (Jan 2014)

WALTER BOND (37096013)
1/16/2014 7:55:37 AM
The Roots Of Compassion

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition the definition of the word “compassion” is: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. Very well, by the definition thus given we see right off the bat that compassion is more than just a feeling, or a pretentious connection with others’ pain. It is far more than a buzzword to be bandied about in the name of a cause.

Compassion is the precursor to acting on behalf of another’s well being. Without this “desire to alleviate another’s distress” we don’t have compassion, we have sympathy. And sympathy is really more about our own feelings towards another than any serious desire to help. It’s not my intention to split hairs or play games with words. However, far too much of what we hear today when it comes to the rights, welfare and liberation of Animals and the Earth is just that, wordplay.

In reality when you go to a Vegan restaurant or wear a t-shirt with an Animal Rights message (even the ‘radical’ ones) the Animals aren’t thanking you. The Animals are in cages, behind walls, on their way to slaughter or suffering from the nefarious designs of human exploitation. The male chicks thrown into the grinders because they can’t lay eggs aren’t thanking you or me for anything. They are dying and wishing that they were living, just as we all wish to live. Continue reading

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Patterns of Oppression by Walter Bond (Feb 2014)

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
2/18/2014 10:11:58 AM
Patterns Of Oppression


Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far too complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals and the Earth, as well as my experience as a political prisoner because of that fight.

I will say from the outset that what I am making are correlations of the way in which various groups are oppressed, along with the arbitrary justifications for those oppressions. But these are in no way comparisons. Animals suffer worse injustices in vastly greater numbers than any segment of humanity. The annual death toll due to war in the middle east is roughly 91,000. For people murdered by the police it’s between 500 and 1000 annually. There are currently over 2,300,000 imprisoned in the United States. This is nothing compared to the annual confinement, torture and murder of: 9,500,000,000 Chickens, 100,000,000 Pigs and 70,000,000 Animals in laboratories!

That said, one major thing we do in order to feel comfortable oppressing a group deemed as other is to infantilize them. We do this with Animals in a myriad of ways. We take domesticated Animals and baby talk to them as if they were an ‘itty bitty widdle bawby’! Even though these creatures have, in certain arenas, aptitudes that are far beyond our own. Sure your dog or cat cannot read Shakespeare but neither can you smell a foot print and tell the age of its maker. Nor can we see in the dark, fall from several stories and walk away unharmed and many other amazing aptitudes and abilities that are shared by canines and felines. Continue reading

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