|HAS SOME VEIWS THAT MAKE IT PRETTY TOUGH FOR ME TO OFFER MUCH SUPPORT|
I am presenting Haqq here with more than a little trepidation. I can't tell you that I am ready to offer him much support myself. Some of his views, I believe, at best come very close to being beyond the pale. Combined with the way some of his statements just sound, the tone of his remarks, make me leery of this fellow. Abdul Haqq demonstrates that just because someone holds onto a position strongly which we may support, doesn't necessarily mean that person is our comrade. Life is far too complex to treat things that simply.
I would welcome further comments and further information on this man.
Haqq is serving twelve years in prison for a number of Animal Liberation Front arsons in 2010 at The Sheepskin Factory in Denver, the tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah.
Haqq worked as a nineteen year old slaughterhouse construction workers. It is one of the reasons he became and activist and a vegan.
Haqq gave the following statement to the Court prior to sentnecing on the final two charges in Utah.
Haqq has also taken a stand against drug abuse in this country. He was raised in a family racked by drug use. Support Walter notes:
Haqqs has some views I find impossible to swallow. He opposes abortion and has been know to connect abortion to vivisection. In a response to some of Haqqs statements the blog Because We Must notes:
That Walter would find it necessary to speak about abortion specifically points to his failure to see it as part of this larger issue, concerned with the concentration of power by the state into and using the reproductive organs of others.
Asking questions about life is a salient issue for vegans, but we acknowledge differences exist between “having a life” and “being alive”. I frequently explain to non-vegans that nonhumans have unique, rich experiences with themselves, their surroundings, and other creatures on this planet. They are sentient and experience life and need to be respected as such...
Connecting abortion doctors to vivisectors is particularly heinous. Nonhumans subject to medical testing are forced into situations that are 100% non-consensual, abusive, and exploitive. Persons seeking abortions frequently do so enthusiastically, therapeutically, and have positively transformative experiences. Abortion can frequently be a political action as a direct response to reproductive oppression. Conflating these experiences erases both the horrors of the vivisectors lab and the political agency found in resisting state coercion and control over one’s organs...
His concern for “black genocide” by abortion is a kind of racist paternalism and protectionism that smacks of a white-centered ecological worldview, rather than one that acknowledges the ways reproductive oppression specifically manifests itself ethno-racially. Citing arguments that “pro-choice” people advocate for access to abortion as a population control mechanism highlights how mainstream, ecologically focused arguments do have racist implications that need to be examined, and also why the reproductive justice framework is a necessary antidote to this kind of thinking...Some write these views of Haqq's off due to his tough up bringing and all that. That is a ridiculous notions which would imply that only the well off and highly educated can understand issues like reproductive rights. I find that notion classist at best.
Somewhat related to this, I find some of Haqq's statements to reek of self importance. At times, he seems to me to think he is somehow above all the rest of us.
The following interview is from Support Walter.
2) Can I get away with it?