A few weeks ago, Abdul Haqq requested transfer out of USP Marion, the prison where he has been held since Jan 2012. On Monday he was taken to FCI Greenville, which is just a few hours drive from Marion. He sounds real good and extremely glad to be away from Marion. He said the facility is much better in terms of programs, exercise equipment, food (the vegetarian food is mostly vegan, plus the cooks are good) and people (some of the other guys gave Abdul Haqq supplies to tide him over until the commissary reopens). This is so great! The prison commissary is closed for the next 2 weeks, due to a quarterly inventory count and restocking. When the commissary reopens, Abdul Haqq will need to make some purchases, because he was only allowed to take limited personal belongings. If you can send a few dollars to help with purchases such as clothing, stationery, snacks, hygiene items, it will be much appreciated. Oh, and even more important (than money) right now is Abdul Haqq would like to hear from YOU and YOU and YOU… MR. BOND WANTS MAIL! Remember to use his new address, and include your return address in the body of the letter to make it easy for him to write you back.
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246
Why have you been studying both Arabic and Spanish?
I have been studying Fus’hah or Classical Arabic as it is known in English for the purpose of reading and reciting the Qur’an in the original language in which it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) I have been studying Arabic for about 3 years now. As a practicing Muslim I know that there is a natural and mystic power to the Qur’an that can only be felt in its original language.
As far as Spanish goes this is important to me for ethnic reasons. Yo Soy Boricua (I am Puerto Rican) and like many of my people I lost my language as a child. It’s important to me to master Spanish because it is a culture that I don’t want to lose and one that I would like to pass on to my children someday. Since my incarceration I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend more Puerto Ricans than I ever met growing up in Colorado and Iowa. It’s sad that outside of my own family the largest concentration of my own people I have found is behind bars. But this is no surprise since our island has been a hot spot of imperialization and colonization since the first white people set foot in the Caribbean. forced assimilation and imprisonment is the favorite way of the white power system to downgrade people of color and Puerto Rico and her people are no exception to that.
So, I study Spanish pretty much all day long in one way or another. I speak it now, as well as immerse myself in Spanish television, music and books. Not only has it become important to me on a personal level, but my mind now craves the challenges of learning it. And in the process it is awakening a pride in my ethnic identity that I have never felt before.
Are you listening to any music these days?
Always. Music is food for the soul. I have an MP3 player which I have loaded with a diverse array of music. I enjoy Reggae, Reggaeton, Salsa, Old School Hip Hop and Straight Edge Hardcore to name only a few genres I enjoy.
What do you like to read these days?
Thanks to my supporters I have been able to read nearly any book I have ever wanted to read. These days I am so wrapped up in study that I seldom read subject type material. I appreciate anything contemporary that I can get my hands on in the Spanish language, magazines, newspapers, comics etc.
Do you still want a subscription to the weekly Colombian magazine “Semana”?
Yes, I would like that very much. I used to be housed with another inmate that had a subscription and I really enjoyed reading the current and back issues.
Are there any Animals at the prison?
Yeah, through the fence I can see deer out in the field. We also have cats, raccoons, skunks and overhead hawks and vultures. There is a really big and beautiful tree line that is fairly close to the prison and I really enjoy just watching the trees sway in the breeze and the different colors of the Sky and Earth. For the last five years I have been either locked up in a control unit for so-called domestic terrorists or in county jails. in both places I was cut off completely from even the limited freedoms of prison. I remember that I would sometimes miss looking at the Sky or Trees so much that it hurt in my soul. For the first few years I didn’t mind so much but it stared to lead to serious depression after awhile.
How is your health?
My health is good. I don’t have any ailments and I take no medication, I think my teeth could use some work though. For 39 I’m doing well.
How is your handball game?
Depends on the day, I love to play. I’m one of the better guys on the court but some of these guys have been locked up and playing for decades, so the competition is stiff. Handball is an incredible workout but it is also really hard on your body. I love playing though, I’m addicted.
What about life interests you most?
Vegan Straight Edge and Animal Liberation Whatever It May take! ¡Como Siempre!
Mail correspondence to:
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959
WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
10/19/2012 8:48:39 AM
Mi Nombre Es Lobo Solitario
Recently I read the book ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela. It was one of the most powerful books I have read. In it Mr. Mandela said ‘A freedom fighter should always remember his roots’. I have recently had chance to reflect and remember my roots when my father sent me a newspaper cut out of local news from the late 70’s. It was about a shack that I lived in as a young child with my family. I was told we lived in a trailer before this place but I do not remember that. I do have many fond and bitter memories of what my father deemed ‘The Cottage’. I remember climbing the wood pile and breaking my nose when the logs broke and rolled. I remember that this cottage marked the beginning of the state woods that I used to play in and explore. I remember that I used to eat wild berries and rhubarb. I remember swimming in the lake directly behind our shack. I also remember the racism and classism of the area as well.
We were the notoriously poor family of Tanglefoot Iowa. Apparently, so poor that the newspaper ran that article about us, trying to frame us as some family of wannabe little house on the prairians. Many parents didn’t let there kids come down and play because we were poor. As if it was a disease that might rub off. I remember two brothers, the Henningsons, asking me why my mother was caramel colored. I said because she is from Puerto Rico. The next day they told me that they found out that a Puerto Rican Is ‘half nigger and half spic’. I had no Idea what either of those words meant. I remember coming home and proudly telling my mother, ‘your a spic’! I learned very quickly that this was a very terrible epithet. I also learned that playing with the Animals around our shack was far more interesting and rewarding than the snobby brats down the road.
I also recently reread my final statement to the court in Salt lake City, Utah. It’s been a year since I looked at that statement and it reminded me of the difference a year can make. At the time of my sentencing in Utah I had been in county jails and federal detention centers ‘in transit’ all across America for the preceding year and a half. I had gone through a whole other federal court case for my arson of the sheepskin factory in Colorado. The powers that be in Utah were determined to punish me to the fullest and even filed motions to the judge begging him to throw out the federal sentencing guidelines and give me more prison time than what was allowable by the US supreme court! I was really beginning to feel the stress add up. I had resolved myself from the beginning to never equivocate to the courts or to the media no matter what the cost to me personally.
A year after that verdict that left me with a little over 12 years in prison. I now sit for an indefinite period of time In the CMU political prison unit of Marion. The federal prisons first and notorious supermax penitentiary, on a control unit that is the equivalent of a hamster house for 40 men. I have nothing but time to reflect and think/over think everything within my memory. I have evaluated my crimes of arson in the name of Animal Liberation, time and time again. Was it worth my current incarceration? Will there ever be a time for the rest of my life that I will not be harassed by the FBI? How many Animals could I be saving or helping right now legally had I not taken this path? All very valid questions. Having found some serenity in spirituality I often see things in a much different way than I did before this epiphany.
But the inescapable truth is that the loving precept of peace only exists under the ready arm of justice. The truth is that Animals have faced the worst atrocities at the hands of humanity for the machinations of technologically advanced civilization. They still face these horrors in unimaginable numbers. As far as I am concerned The ALF are the angels of deliverance for the lives of Animals and the Earth, and I am proud to have served. I will always mark those times as the pinnacle of my life, and as the true resistance that must be undertaken a million times more if this earth is even to have a fight chance at survival!
The Governments of the world are a Babylon system that use racism, classism, war, death, murder and religion. to rape, destroy, violate and oppress all innocent life. I’m afraid that as long as these satanic systems of abuse define and manipulate all of us. Then I will have no choice but to remain defiant in the face of adversity and an advocate of direct activism, and let the record stand.
Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!
Please donate a few dollars to enable Abdul Haqq to buy items from the prison commissary http://supportwalter.org/SW/index.php/donate/
Here is his address… he loves to get mail!
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959
In the forthcoming book , The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Lantern Books), co-edited by Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella II (due out this summer), the following interview of Walter Bond was taken by Carol Glasser during the summer of 2011 (several months before Walter’s final sentencing for arsons in Utah, but after his sentencing for the arson of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado) and appears as Chapter 15.