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[animallibpress] X To Whom it may Concern X, By Walter Bond

Posted in animal liberation, animal rights, veganism with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by carmen4thepets

 

 

 

 

X To Whom it may Concern X
By Walter Bond

 


 

From Golden, Colorado jail
December 10, 2010

I was raised in a household of drug and alcohol abuse. My biological father, Mark Zuehlke, was a Vietnam vet that came back from the war and got heavy into cocaine, amphetamines and outlaw biker gangs. My mother Minerva Marie Montanzo Domench was raised in Ford Apache, Bronx and born in Puerto Rico. Their marriage produced three children, me being the youngest. My biological parents divorced when I was 12 months old. Some years later, Mark was sent to federal prison for his involvement in one of the largest cocaine/meth busts in Iowa history. I met him for the first time with I was a young man. I traveled to Yankton, South Dakota to the federal prison and visited Mark there. It is my opinion to this day that he was a deadbeat dad, a liar and a scumbag.

My two full blooded brothers, Guthrie and Trapper, were raised by our biological father and I was raised by our biological mother. It has always been unclear to me why they split us up this way, as it was arranged by my parents out of court. In any event, my mother remarried the man who became my adopted father. James Bond married my mother in 1984 at which time he adopted me and my last name was legally changed to Bond. I was in diapers when they began dating and he has been the only father I’ve ever known.

He, unlike Mark, was a good man. But he was a good man with a bad problem. My father (James Bond) was terribly addicted to alcohol. My parents soon divorced when I was ten years old and my mother and I moved to Denver, Colorado to be near her family. By the ripe old age of 12, I was smoking weed with my mother and doing drugs with my “friends”. Although I have my G.E.D. (which I received the last time I was in prison), I never made it past the 8th grade. Going to class was far less interesting than getting wasted. I met other kids like me. Friends with broken homes and druggie parents. Biker kids. Punk rock kids. Nerds, geeks and the throwaways.

It was the late 80’s and bands like Agnostic Front and Sick of it All were carving out a new style of music called “Crossover”. It was a combo of punk and metal. I fell in love! The aggression and angst were all accompanied with a message. A message I could relate to.

Then I heard straight-edge music and I was hooked (on the music, and drugs). Here was music that was even tighter, the hooks were more rhythmic and it professed ethics I just knew deep down were right. Bands such as Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Uniform Choice not only changed my life, they saved my life. By the age of 18, my mom had remarried. While I had an affinity for straight-edge and the drug-free lifestyle, I refused to go to school or do much of anything – besides play drums for my band “Defiance of Authority” and play hacky sack with my friends. My mother’s answer to my behavior was to move away to the Pacific Northwest with husband number 3. At that time, we lived in the mountains of Woodland Park, Colorado. I came home from spending the night at a friend’s house to find nothing but furniture marks on the floor. I did not see my mother again for 7 years.

At 18 years old without an education or job, I went back to Iowa to stay with my father. In Iowa I learned to work and work hard. Not only because my father does not tolerate laziness but also because socially, in Iowa, if you are not a hard worker than you are looked down upon. To excel at your work in the Midwest is part of the fabric of your everyday life.

By this time it was well into the 90’s and two polar extremes were very apparent in my life. On one hand the straight-edge scene was huge. A new sound had hit and hit hard. Bands like Earth Crisis, Strife, and Snapcase were leading the way and it was an amazing time to wear an ‘X’ on your hand. Back then, straight-edge was more than just a “personal choice”. It was seriously attempting to stand against drug culture. On the other hand, I had recently met and started getting to know my brother, Trapper. He was hooked on meth. I had never had a brother before and I loved him with all my heart. I loved him blindly. He would steal from me and I would ignore it. He would lie straight into my face and I would excuse it. My brother was always a master and genius at sensing a person’s emotional vulnerability and using it to his maximum advantage. Along with Trapper, nearly everyone I had known from Elementary School was either hooked on meth, dealing it, or both. I was fed up. At this point in my life I had been through so much because of other people’s (and my own) drug use that I took drastic measures and attacked the source of all this insanity. The dealers themselves. As most know, I attacked with fire the biggest meth dealer in my town.

The four years I spent in prison was without any support from the straight-edge scene or anyone else. For purposes on self-preservation, most people that truly did know me distanced themselves, as expected, not wanting to become a target of persecution as well. I worked in the prison laundry room for $1.10 a day. That was the extent of my funds. I was also vegan at that time and had been for year before my arrest. Luckily the prison system was just beginning to offer a vegan diet albeit reluctantly. I got X’s and V’s tattooed on my hands while incarcerated to pledge myself to the drug free lifestyle forever. As a prisoner, they can take everything from you except what’s in your heart and your tattoos.

When I got out of prison I found that the 90’s were over. The edge kids from the 90’s that I knew had given it up. Everybody was ‘really concerned’ about me and ‘just about to write a letter’. Suffice it to say, I was pissed off. I distanced myself from the people and the music. For years I was bitter. To me, straight-edge was very personal, life-changing and serious. Fighting against drug dealers had landed me in prison with a permanent felony record, not to mention more than one fist fight.

As the years went by, veganism and animal liberation became the focus of my life. I tried reconnecting with the younger generation of straight-edge and teach them the importance of veganism and standing up against drug culture. But with most, apathy is king. Apparently, the bulk of the straight-edge scene is about collecting records and keeping it to yourself. That and politics, politics, politics. Instead of the primary focus being on animal liberation or drug-free living, it seems that half of straight-edge is about being a Christian, Right-wing American Patriot that resemble a bunch of clean-cut cops with tattoos. Bullying people at hardcore shows and staying dedicated to the “boys only” mentality. While the other half are wanna-be Beatnik, Bohemian anarchists that go ten steps out of their way to be offended about everything, but won’t do anything except philosophize and try to squeeze the words “patriarchal” and “heteronormative” into as many conversations as possible.

I would prefer to not be so divisive as to demand that everyone adhere to my checklist of political views and believe me, I have them. But idealism and reality are not always going to meet. For instance, I have already met people in county jail whose company I enjoy. People that make me laugh. People with dynamic personalities. I am not going to deny their camaraderie just because we differ. Just like how most vegans or straight-edge people are not going to disown their parents for drinking milk or smoking cigarettes.

Presently, I am facing the trials of my life, quite literally. This time I am happy to say that many people from around the world write me often, which brings more joy to my heart than I can express. It’s awesome to know that I am not alone. But once again, I feel nothing but scrutiny and unresponsiveness from the straight-edge community. However, this time I am not in the mood. I will live my life drug-free for the rest of my life and will not ‘break edge’ as they say. But I am through with “the scene” because it has become a fashion show and politically pretentious joke. My people, my family, my sphere of concern outside of our Mother Earth and her Animal Nations is primarily for those that are moved by animal liberation and biocentrism. I have sacrificed my freedom every bit as much for the straight-edge as I have for animal rights. Outside of the best band on the planet (Earth Crisis) making a video about me (which isn’t a community supporting me, but the vanguards of it) I have received nothing but bullshit from straight-edge people, then and now.

I regret fighting so hard for a group of posers and pretentious gossip hounds, my trust isn’t free anymore. I will always have respect for those within straight-edge that use it as a foundation for militant and positive change. The rest of you mean nothing to me.

P.S. My father has been a recovering alcoholic and sober for a decade now and my mom lives in the Alaskan wilderness and is as feral and free as she ever was.

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Write Bond letters of prisoner support at:

Walter Bond  # P01051760
PO Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700

Walter Bond is facing federal arson charges for his alleged role as an ALF operative known as “Lone Wolf”. “Lone Wolf” took credit for three different arsons throughout the Spring and Summer of 2010 in Denver and Salt Lake City: The Skeepskin Factory, a store selling furs and pelts; Tandy Leather Store; and Tiburon, a restaurant serving foie gras.

Walter’s brother alerted the FBI and the ATF about his suspicions that his brother, Walter, was behind the attacks. While Walter was visiting Denver in July 2010, his brother helped participate in a sting operation, allegedly wearing a wire and helping procure audio evidence against Walter. Walter was arrested in Denver and is now being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Golden, Colorado awaiting trial.

Walter has been a dedicated animal rights activist and anarchist for several decades and has struggled for animal liberation and against a deadly and genocidal culture of drug abuse in the United States. Walter was the subject of a song by the vegan straight edge band Earth Crisis. The band’s song “To Ashes” was inspired by Bond’s 1998 prison sentence for arson. Bond was convicted of burning down a meth lab owned by a drug dealer who was selling to his brother.



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[WAR] Isaac Peter is Out of Jail – Thanks to all Who Made Calls

Posted in animal liberation with tags , on January 26, 2010 by carmen4thepets

ISAAC PETER IS OUT

Thanks to everyone who phoned
the precinct in the last 24 hours

Thanks to everyone who called on behalf of arrested activist, Isaac Peter.  Isaac is visiting NYC and this was his first New York protest. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, held overnight and arraigned in criminal court this morning.  Isaac will be looking for an attorney to answer some questions for him and to possibly represent him at his next court date.  If anyone is interested, please contact WAR and we will put you in touch with Isaac.

It has been over 3 years since anyone has been arrested at a WAR protest in New York City.  Yesterdays events were shocking and difficult to understand since the event at the ASPCA was a silent demonstration and not in the least bit confrontational.
Feel free to continue to contact the 19th Precinct to voice your concerns about the events surrounding the arrest of an activist who did nothing wrong.


Let them know that:

  • protesters are not terrorists
  • activists deserve to be treated with dignity and respect
  • activists in America have the right to free speech and assembly
  • demeaning an activist, saying he is wasting his time and should be out rescuing animals is inappropriate
  • misleading and misdirecting outside callers about the disposition of a prisoner is bad business
  • police should remain professional and neutral at demonstrations and should not misuse their power

Contact information:

Inspector James W. Murtagh
NYPD – 19th Precinct

153 East 67th Street,
New York, NY, 10065

Precinct: (212) 452-0600

Community Affairs: (212) 452-0613 (leave a voice mail message)

For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org

[WAR] 12 Days of Xmas ’09: Day 2 – Support Our POWs & Fight Repression

Posted in animal liberation with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by carmen4thepets

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Judge deciding if prosecutors violated plea deal

Posted in animal liberation with tags , , , , on December 12, 2009 by carmen4thepets

Courts » Six months in jail recommended for man who released 600 mink.Courts » Six months in jail recommended for man who released 600 mink.

A federal judge is deciding whether prosecutors broke a bargain of asking for only six months of jail time in an animal rights activism case.

William James Viehl agreed to plead guilty to releasing 600 mink from the McMullin Fur Farm in South Jordan on Aug. 19, 2008, and spray-painting a barn with ALF (for Animal Liberation Front) and “We are watching.” In exchange, prosecutors said they’d recommend he do six months in jail.

On Nov. 12, Judge Dee Benson said he was planning to give Viehl two years or more in jail.

On Friday, Viehl’s defense attorney Heather Harris argued that while prosecutors did say they recommended six months, their presentation before the judge was much more condemning than a six-month sentence would justify. Prosecutors presented a slide show of other victims of animal rights activists and told Benson that while Viehl was being charged with a property crime, “that does not quite capture the offense that was committed by Mr. Viehl.”

Harris said that when the government agrees to a plea deal, they have to advocate for it in front of the judge.

“I don’t think this is what happened in this case,” said Harris, who has petitioned to have a judge other than Benson sentence her client.

Benson, who heard the arguments Friday, said that while he usually is lenient on first-time offenders such as Viehl, he had decided to sentence the 23-year-old Clearfield man to two years or more before the prosecution had the ability to persuade him in court. Benson said he based his decision on the testimony of the mink farm owner. But, he added, the arguments Friday did not center around when he made his decision, but rather if the prosecution upheld their bargain to support a six-month sentence.

“It’s like if you and I went to The Cheesecake Factory,” he told John Huber, an assistant U.S. attorney on Friday. “And you said the pasta, the cheesecake, everything is delicious, but then you said ‘You should just have a cup of tomato soup.’ The recommendation would be inconsistent with the buildup.”

Benson said he needs to read similar cases and do more research before he makes his decision.

smcfarland@sltrib.com

source:  http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13981411

Activist wins the right to protest

Posted in animal liberation with tags , , on December 9, 2009 by carmen4thepets

AN animal rights activist jailed for his part in a terror campaign against companies connected to Huntington Life Sciences (HLS) has had his lifetime ban on protesting overturned.

The case was described by QC, James Wood, as a matter of the “constitutional” right to “protest and participate in free debate”.

Gavin Medd-Hall, 46, of Selwood Road, Croydon, compiled information on targets whose details were posted on the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) website – including a Cambridge businessman.

They were later targeted by “fanatics” who caused over £12 million damage to victims’ homes and businesses during the six-year reign of terror.

Medd-Hall was jailed for eight years at Winchester Crown Court on July 30 last year for conspiracy to blackmail. He was also handed an indefinite Asbo, as were three others, banning them from taking part in any animal rights protest, or contributing to a website dedicated to such a protest for the rest of their lives.

On Friday, all four challenged the Asbos before Lord Justice Elias, Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Judge Elgan Edwards, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, claiming they flew in the face of both their Human Rights and rights of peaceful protest under domestic law.

Lord Justice Elias upheld the cases against the other three but allowed the appeal of Medd-Hall, saying: “In his case it was not necessary to impose such an order. He doesn’t fall into the same fanatical category as the others.”

source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_news_crier/displayarticle.asp?id=469264

South Jordan mink farm vandal says feds breached deal

Posted in animal liberation with tags , , on December 7, 2009 by carmen4thepets

A man who raided a South Jordan mink farm says a prosecutor’s statements during an aborted sentencing hearing amount to a breach of his plea agreement.

As a remedy, William James Viehl asked U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Thursday to remove himself from his case and reassign it to another judge for the purpose of sentencing.

Viehl, 23, was expected to be sentenced Nov. 12 to six months in prison for damaging and interfering with animal enterprises during a September raid on the McMullin mink farm in South Jordan. Such a sentence is consistent with the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office had agreed to recommend in exchange for Viehl’s guilty plea.

During the sentencing hearing, however, prosecutor John Huber told Benson that although Viehl’s actions were classified as a property crime by the sentencing guidelines, the impact of his misconduct was much more sinister than simple vandalism.

“The crime itself was designed to intimidate and inspire fear in the victims,” Huber said.

Investigators believe Viehl and Alex Hall, 21, released as many as 650 minks in the raid and also vandalized a number of buildings on the property with phrases such as “No More Mink, No More Murder” and “ALF: We Are Watching.”

“As you fashion your sentence today,” Huber told Benson, “the corollary is that your sentencing decision will have a much broader impact than just on Mr. Viehl. … Everyone is listening to what you’re doing.”

Benson seemed to be swayed by the argument, saying that the case involved “too much threat and terror.”

“I can’t be as lenient as six months. I’m inclined to go … to two years, maybe more,” the judge said. “This sentence has got to be a deterrent, a message sent to other people.”

Defense attorney Heather Harris, in a motion filed Thursday, seized on Huber’s statements as evidence of the breach of her client’s plea agreement. She said the prosecutor “violated the plea agreement at almost the very outset by complaining about the (sentencing) guidelines.”

“The government’s presentation was not merely restating facts,” Harris wrote, “but was characterizing Mr. Viehl’s conduct and the effects of it.”

Harris added that Huber’s repeated warnings that “people are watching” what kind of sentence Viehl received also constituted a “continued breach of the agreement.”

“The only conceivable purpose for the government’s presentation was to indirectly encourage the court to impose a sentence other than what the government agreed to recommend,” Harris wrote. “The effect of its presentation was the equivalent of winking and nodding while uttering the phrase ‘low-end recommendation.’ ”

A new sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 11 is likely to be rescheduled in light of Harris’ request for reassignment of the case. A hearing on her request has not been scheduled.

source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705349476/Mink-vandal-says-feds-broke-deal.html