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Partner (or Two)
The following article is one person's story of her
involvement with the A.L.F. This is the second letter in a
three part series. In part one, she explained how she overcame
her fear and excuses and started conducting solo A.L.F.
actions. In part II, she tells us of how she found partners to
help her with her actions and how they worked together as a
Compromise Issue 8
anonymously received these letters and
we re-print them here to, once again, reveal the truth about
the character, dedication and resourcefulness of the A.L.F.
This letter is printed for informational purposes only and is
not intended to encourage people to partake in any illegal
LOOKING FOR PARTNERS
It is really very difficult to explain to someone how they
can find close, trust-worthy partners who are willing to take
the same risks and are knowledgeable and strong enough to
withstand heavy bouts of police interrogation, intimidation,
and harassment. Though you never plan to be faced with this
situation, it is a realistic risk and you and anyone you work
with should understand with a firm knowledge that if this
situation arises, you and anyone you work with will not
cooperate at all with any law enforcement agencies!
There is no cut and dry pattern or formula for choosing or
finding partners. THIS IS GOOD. If there was a pattern or
formula, it would open the door for infiltration of law
enforcement and corporate agents.
However, by executing the fast food action by myself, it
lead me to a second person whom I later hooked up with.
FRIENDS AND COMRADES
Another member of our current cell really was not "chosen."
We had merely known and trusted each other since high school
when we used to forge passes out of study hall so we could
skip school and go swimming in the river.
We had both been vegetarians (and outcasts) in high school
and I taught him about animal rights as he shared with me his
views of deep ecology. It wasn't long before we started
working together. My point here is that there was no formula
with which to evaluate my friend. Merely, I had spent years
with him as a best friend and we pretty much knew each other
inside and out.
These are the best kind of partners to have since you
already have an established relationship and friendship that
no law enforcement agent would be able to make up. So I'd like
to emphasize that this is the best way of "finding" a partner:
working with someone you have a history with. And, always
trust your intuition. If some-one doesn't feel right or you
get "weird vibes" from him or her, DON'T work with that
person! The opposite is true here also, but I don't need to
explain that since, when you find that true connection, the
feeling is pretty much unmistakable.
The other partner I connected with after the fast food
restaurant action had a long history in the environmental
movement. I only shared my interest in illegal direct action
with her after she had complained to me consistently about a
billboard advertising animal products and how someone should
correct the billboard so consumers would know exactly what
suffering that product really hid.
After hearing repeated complaints from my friend (was she
checking me out, too?), we went for a walk. Here I told her
that the billboard she hated so much appeared to be easily
accessible (I had already re-conned it) and that if she wanted
to help redecorate it, that would be jolly.
Needless to say, she thought this was a grand idea and,
within a matter of days, the billboard had been corrected. Red
paint bombs made from Christmas ornaments also gave the
appearance of blood running down the advertisement.
CRITIQUING THE ACTION
The day after the billboard action, my friend and I went on
another walk (we NEVER talked in a house or car!) to discuss
and critique our action. This may seem silly to some, but it
is the best way to learn from your mistakes and make
improvements for further actions.
Meetings like this--restricted to only those involved with
the action--are great to learn from. Other than that they
should never be discussed again. In this case, we realized
that the warning system we had set up to warn of cops (a loud
whistle) didn't work. I had been warned twice of police in the
area by her whistle, but I was never sure when to resume work
on the billboard. Also, the whistling merely attracted
attention to my partner rather than to me.
Because of this, we ended up putting together our savings
and buying a police scanner, frequency book, and a cheap pair
of two-way radio headsets. Because of the headset's low price
($49.95 for the pair), I knew they would not be reliable for
an action where the lookout is a long distance away.
Nevertheless, they would suit our needs for more billboard,
fast food restaurant, and fur shop actions.
BUILDING TRUST AND SOLIDARITY
These are the actions that should be done most often to
build up confidence, unity, and comradeship. The more of these
types of actions done, the more competent, confident, and
experienced you and your cell will become, and you can soon
"move up" to bigger and better actions. (Bigger and better
being defined here as larger actions with more severe amounts
of damage being done to the target. This, of course, includes
These actions will come in time if you and your partners
stay active and build up a unity and confidence that becomes
almost intuitive. Myself and the two individuals I currently
work with have almost a psychic connection in which we usually
always know what the other two people are thinking. This will
not happen overnight and, if you expect it to, you will be let
down. That is why I must emphasize motivation and persistence.
It took me about two years of actions like this and now I
currently work regularly with two separate cells and a handful
of other people who occasionally seek my assistance. Through
persistence and perseverance you will build up a network of
resources including tools, money, people, and experience.
If you tell yourself that there are no suitable targets to
strike, you should stop and ask yourself if this is what you
really want to be doing. If it is, just go to the nearest
phone book and let your fingers do the walking. The yellow
pages will give you the names, phone numbers, and addresses
(and a map of the local area) of countless animal exploiters.
This is an invaluable and easily accessible resource,
available 24-hours a day in any city or town you may find
In one instance, our cell drove two states away to
"remodel" an establishment profiting off of animals' deaths.
Once there however, we realized this would not be possible.
Instead of going home disappointed, we simply went to the
nearest pay phone and let our fingers do the walking. Before
we left that state, one animal abuse establishment had been