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This is our third and final installment of one person's
story of her involvement with the ALF. In part one of the
series, we learned how she overcame her fear and started
conducting solo actions. In part two, she told us how she
found partners to help her with her actions and how they
worked together as a team. In this letter, the anonymous ALF-er shares tips on saving money as well as raising funds to
support a cell.
Compromise Issue 9
Again, No Compromise has no affiliation with the author of
this article but is printing it here to reveal the truth about
the character, dedication and resourcefulness of the ALF. It
is printed for informational purposes only and not intended to
encourage individuals to partake in illegal activities.
Your actions will, to a slight extent, be limited by your
funding. Therefore, it is very important that absolutely NO
money is spent frivolously. However, once you decide that you
will be taking direct action, the first thing you should do is
set up a fund.
Don't use your own personal bank account or ANY bank
account. All financial transactions must be off the books and
receipts for expenses (tools, gas, etc.) should always be
destroyed. There are a few different ways of increasing your
fund. If you or any of your cell mates (no pun intended) have
a job, you may want to immediately put 10 percent (or more) of
each paycheck directly into the fund. With three employed
people, this can quickly increase the size of your fund in a
Another possibility would be for someone to adopt your
cell. Though this may sound far fetched, it's not. However,
adopters, I feel, cannot be actively sought. In my experience,
adopters have had a long history with cell members and share
the same philosophy. The only thing keeping them out of the
trenches themselves is something like a physical disability, a
family with children, a prominent job or political position,
Again, for security reasons, donors should not be "looked
for" or "asked" as much as simply "found" or "known."
Remember, having a long and trusted history with the person is
probably the safest way to prevent leaks or infiltration.
Also, donors should never make contact with the cell (only the
known individual in the cell). And, of course, the donor
should never know of any plans or potential targets. If the
donor wants to know what their money has been up to, they can
have newspaper clippings anonymously mailed to them or to a
pre-arranged post office box.
Donors should be made aware of the RICO laws as well as the
most current "anti-terrorism" legislation that has been
passed. It's also good to know their feelings on arson,
explosives and other controversial tactics before they receive
clippings of such events. Remember, security precautions with
donors are important and necessary to insure the safety of
both the cell and the donor(s).
If you have donors asking too many questions, wanting to
meet other cell members, etc., you will want to remind them of
the necessity for security. If they persist, or you feel
uncomfortable, it may be time to find different donors.
Remember to use common sense and to always trust your
Finally, and most importantly, don't rip off your donor!
Donors need to be thought of and respected as fellow members
of your cell, despite their physical absence. Remember, they
are helping to make your actions possible. Don't misuse funds.
This is the quickest and easiest way to lose a donor and the
cohesive trust of your cell.
Another quick and easy way to save money for your fund is
to eliminate or greatly reduce your cost of living. This can
happen in a variety of ways and forms, but a few brief
examples include getting clothes and supplies from free boxes,
dumpster-diving, Salvation Armys (and their drop boxes),
garage sales, flea markets, etc.
Also, when traveling, (and at home) eat your own food! Good
road trip food includes sandwiches, bagels, trail mix, fruit,
bread, etc. Tupperware makes it easy to take cooked rice,
pasta, baked potatoes, etc. along for those longer road trips.
Also, this food can be acquired from food boxes,
dumpster-diving, free lunch groups, etc. Taco Bell bean
burritos without cheese are NOT an acceptable road food as
money is too scarce to be going to the PepsiCo corporation
(which exploits animals) or even to a private restaurant that
serves animal parts as part of their menu.
In other words, turn away from the consumer-trained frame
of mind and become more autonomous and self-sufficient as a
cell. This seems to be a harder transition for people living
in a big city or suburban area, but it is just a matter of
self-discipline. Try to wean yourself (and your cell) off of
all that Babylon tries to addict you to. You shouldn't be seen
in a Taco Bell in a strange town the same night that the
McDonald's next door is going to burn down anyway!
Another big savings is to camp while you're on the road.
Besides saving you $20 to $50 a night, you don't have to worry
about being recognized by an employee, signing your name,
presenting ID, being on a "security" camera, having your
vehicle recognized, etc. Besides, camping will give you a
little time to communicate with nature and let you reflect on
why you're doing what you're doing. The electricity from motel
room lights, televisions, phones, etc. help to scatter and
disrupt thinking anyway. Having a clear mind makes for clearer
thinking and better decision-making - every cell should
In bigger actions where two or three cells might need to
meet to discuss plans, media work, etc., a motel may be
needed. In this case extra security precautions need to be
taken on renting the room, parking in the area, entering and
exiting the building, etc. Common sense and experience will
help with these precautions. DON'T take security risks.
Despite your low cost of living (my only expense is gas
money), there will always be expenses to pull off an action.
From gas money to tools to clothes, you will need a source of
funds. Of course, more time and energy may be needed to
fundraise if you want more sophisticated tools (which you will
want for more sophisticated actions), such as police-quality
walkie talkies, night vision goggles, a 200 channel scanner
with headset, vehicle(s) and whatever else your cell needs to
insure a safe and successful action.
Another way to increase your action fund is by fundraising,
you know, the good old fashioned way like having a garage
sale, bake sale, tabling, car wash, etc. We've done this many
times. Whether you're just passing out literature, selling
books, selling vegan goodies, etc., always have a donation jar
available. Of course, you can't tell people you are raising
money for illegal activities and since I don't like to lie to
people, I always raise funds to "help animals."
For more specific inquiries, I explain how this money will
end up "informing" and educating the public about animal
abuse. Of course your fundraiser doesn't have to have anything
at all to do with animals (which is much more secure) but that
will have to be something for the fundraisers themselves to
decide. Also, take advantage of any school fairs, Earth Day
events, street fairs, concerts, etc. to raise money. Remember,
the heavier the traffic, the heavier the donations.
If you are fund-raising for a legitimate organization,
funds need to be diverted before they are turned in or
recorded. There really are countless ways to make and save
money for your cell's action fund: garage sales, campus
organizations, concerts, short-term jobs, funders, etc. Your
imagination is your only limit. Don't let lack of funds
prevent you or your cell from taking action.
If this is happening, then you need to concentrate on
fundraising until you have enough money to execute your
plan(s). Just remember, money is the root of all evil (it
fuels animal exploitation). Be careful with it, use it wisely,
and don't let it disrupt the cohesiveness of your cell. And,
in the end, make the animal abusers the ones to really