Walter Bond now living in a halfway house and doing well

Walter Bond transferred out of prison on June 17 and is now residing in a halfway house. He is doing well and is focused on a number of practical matters to get his affairs in order. The halfway house is much more comfortable than prison. A number of his friends have been key to his transition, helping him shop, bringing him personal items, helping with job leads and giving him hugs.

We want to help Walter so much now that he is finally released from 10 years of prison, where he was confined as punishment for property damages to businesses that profited from animal exploitation. Walter is exceptional at expressing in words what animal liberationists and animal rights activists long for and need to hear. Not only did he embody the ALF approach of warring against animal exploitation, he continued activism while in prison by communicating with his supporters. By opening up about his personal life and evolution, we have been able to perceive our own personal connections to the animal liberation movement and refine our understanding and efforts.

Walter is expected to spend the next several months living in the halfway house and then independently with monitoring. After that he will be on probation for 3 years. If there are any significant developments, it will be reported on supportwalter.org. Meanwhile, any further donations to help Walter reestablish his life can be made via PayPal or check. http://supportwalter.org/SW/index.php/donate/

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After a long 10 years … Walter Bond has been released from prison!

Walter Bond was released from prison earlier today!!!!

He is headed to a halfway house.

Thank you to everyone who has made contributions to help him restart his life. You can continue to make donations via PayPal or check.  http://supportwalter.org/SW/index.php/donate/

If there are any further developments, it will be posted on his support site.

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One Last Word From Prison

From: WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
Date: 5/19/2020 7:19:47 AM
Subject: One Last Word From Prison

Message:

I am scheduled to be released from prison to a halfway house in my home city and state of Denver, Colorado on June 18th of 2020. Suffice it it say I am anxious to leave prison and also nervous. I have no family left in Colorado, I have no car, I have no job and very little money. Whatsmore, is the last time I was free was 2010. But ultimately I have faith in my abilities and the community of friends and supporters I have picked up along the way. I feel that now is a good time for me to give a little bit of a retrospective as well as where I am at today, and also a little bit of context to my time in prison.

I was arrested in 2010 for a string of arsons spanning Colorado and Utah which I did commit under the moniker ALF (Animal Liberation Front) ‘Lone Wolf’. Before that I worked for a local chain of health food stores and spent my spare time as a volunteer at various Animal sanctuaries as well as Vegan outreach and public education about the plight of Animals at the hands of human oppressors. I did very little protest activity in my long career as an activist, I always preferred to work directly with Animals. However, I became increasingly frustrated and impatient with the issues that Animals suffer and was no longer willing to stand by peacefully. I took illegal direct action in the form of arson against businesses that traffic in Animal products.

After my arrest, having been betrayed by my own brother to the feds for nothing more than reward money, I took the opportunity to give inflammatory speeches at two court sentencing hearings. And I wrote a string of jailhouse essays that would later become my book ‘Always Looking Forward’. I had always planned to capitalize on my eventual arrest using the opportunity to further the message of Animal Liberation. While I did not plan to be arrested when I was or in the manner that I was. I knew that either arrest or death were in my future because I was simply too well know and outspoken amongst the local community. but I had made peace with these outcomes before I began my campaign.

But contrary to the bravado in my statement to the court in Colorado where I said ‘prison is no great hardship to me’ this proved false. for 6 out of the 10 years I have been in prison I have been in CMU’s (Communication Management Units) these are counter terrorism prison units that are incredibly restrictive and house a united nations of extremists and political prisoners. The other 4 years of my incarceration has been spent in gang units surrounded by violence. In the last 10 years of imprisonment I have at times had to fight. The thing about violence is that sometimes the only way to respond to it is with greater violence ( admittedly this is a paradox, but there it is). at one point I broke my right hand in an altercation and never received timely medical treatment as a punishment for refusing to talk about the details of the fight with investigating staff.

In these last 10 years I have seen murders, multiple stabbings and assaults, drug overdoses resulting in death, fights and riots. I have been pepper sprayed (twice), I have seen men extorted into prostitution and have gone on a hunger strike just to try to get Vegan food. For 6 out of 10 years I have lived in a concrete box that looks like a retired mop closet. It is filled with cockroaches (the big kind) and silverfish. I have never been allowed a visit in all my time in prison and I have never been housed within 500 miles of home either. For 6 out of 10 years I have only been allowed two 15 minute calls per week.

So for anyone that thinks I deserved harsh punishment for my crimes of conscience believe me I have received it. However, this time has not made me repentant, nor has it turned my concern away from the plight of Animals and the Earth. What it has done is made me a realist instead of an idealist. To that end I will never start another fire or engage in illegal direct action again… Unfortunately.

I will not because:
First- I have no more anonymity and I suspect I never will again. And,
Second- I no longer feel the frustration that I once did from not having a voice.

As thousands have let me know in letters of support over these years you all hear me loud and clear. So, moving forward I will be using that voice in anyway I am able to support the liberation of our Earth Mother and her Animal Nations, as well as the truth of the Vegan ethic. I have spent this past decade reading an incredible and prolific amount. I have learned how to read, write and speak Spanish and I have don’t my utmost to keep my mind and body strong and healthy.

Also, during this past decade I have seen from my prison cell how much awareness of Animal issues has grown as well as the mainstreaming of Veganism both of which are positive advances. Of course, it will never be enough until all are free but for those of us that have been around awhile the advances from just 20 years ago are impressive.
I see a new generation of Animal activists that understand that there is a hugely effective middle ground between holding signs and waving at traffic and committing arson. They bring Direct Action Everywhere in dynamic and very intelligent ways. And so I will end with this:

I once told my comrade and still beloved friend Camille Marino that ‘there is no one to raise the alarm to besides ourselves’. I still maintain now, as I did then, that if we see and understand the severity of the wrongs that are going on. if we are concerned by Animals suffering and death then the responsibility is on us to do what we can. Each person in their own capacity can save Animals lives.

As for me, I have had my struggles and strifes and I’m sure I always will. But this is just the price of admission for all life upon this Earth. Nothing from a blade of grass to the planet Herself does not face tribulation and ultimately demise. life is not easy but is truly made easier once we accept it will be difficult. And it’s made easier still when we remember those that have it worse than we ever will. Worse than you where you are, and worse than me where I am. And of course through struggle comes purpose and life. And this is my life and I wouldn’t change it, not even the last 3,600 days of it. Not if it meant standing down, instead of standing up.

Love and Sincerity,


Walter Bond

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Feliz Cumpleaños Walter!

To celebrate Walter Bond’s birthday and his enjoyableness, here is a piece of writing, a story he sent out from prison back in 2012…

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
10/28/2012 11:31:31 AM
Dam It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta!

According to the FBI, and my institutional record, my gang affiliation is ‘Straight Edge’. My gang identifiers are my tattoos. the record is as follows: Face- large tribal, Throat- ‘VEGAN’/w crossed wrenches on both sides, Right Forearm- ‘STRAIGHTEDGE XXX’ from elbow to wrist, Left Elbow- spider web with an X in the middle, Both Hands- X V symbol (tribal style), Knuckles- ‘LIBERATE’, Right Calf- “VFL” (large block letters), Left Calf- “XVX” (large block letters), Left Shin- Large Wolf head/w lettering ‘Hands off the Animals’. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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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