Quarterly Fundraiser: Please Help Me Raise $2500 to Support My Work on Guantánamo, Injustice and Austerity

11.6.12

Please support my work!

It’s that time of the year again. Every three months, I ask you, my friends, readers and supporters, to help to support my independent, freelance investigative journalism — as the foremost journalist on Guantánamo, the 169 men still held there, and the lies and distortions that are still used to hold them, and as a commentator diversifying into other topics, especially economic issues, and particularly with regard to the savage austerity being implemented in the UK and in other countries in Europe.

All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world, but if you’re in the UK and want to help without using PayPal, you can send me a cheque (address here — scroll down to the bottom of the page), and if you’re not a PayPal user and want to send a check from the US (or from anywhere else in the world, for that matter), please feel free to do so, but bear in mind that I have to pay a $10/£6.50 processing fee on every transaction. Securely packaged cash is also an option!

Since my last fundraiser, in March, when 32 of you donated nearly $2000, I have written a hundred articles, in which I have, of course, continued to focus on Guantánamo, as it is the core of my work, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This is because the promised closure of Guantánamo has shamefully slipped off the Obama administration’s agenda, and neither the media nor the American people care sufficiently that the prison’s continued existence is both a disgrace and a rallying point for those — including members of Congress — who are entranced by the notion of indefinite arbitrary detention. Some US citizens have campaigned against the dreadful provisions inserted into last year’s reviled National Defense Authorization Act, demanding the indefinite arbitrary detention of those regarded as terrorists — including US citizens — but far too few have realized that these provisions would have been unfeasible if a precedent had not been established at Guantánamo, where foreigners have been subjected to indefinite arbitrary detention for the last ten and a half years.

In the last three months, only around two dozen of my articles have been commissioned — as part of my regular work for Close Guantánamo, the campaigning website I established in January with my colleague Tom Wilner, and also for the Future of Freedom Foundation, for whom I have been writing a weekly column since October 2008. In other words, around 75 of the articles I have written in this period were supported only through your donations, as I do not receive any financial support from any other source.

So if you would like to see more of “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” my million-word series telling all the Guantánamo prisoners’ stories in unprecedented detail, which I began last year after working with WikiLeaks on the release of previously classified US military documents relating to the Guantánamo prisoners, and if you want to help support exclusive articles like my report last week, EXCLUSIVE: Guantánamo Scandal: The 40 Prisoners Still Held But Cleared for Release At Least Five Years Ago, then please support my work.

Your donations will also help me to keep exposing the harsh austerity measures that are being used in the UK, in Greece and elsewhere for ideological reasons, to destroy the state provision and ownership of services as part of an ongoing obsession with privatization, cynically using the financial crisis caused by the banks in 2008 as an excuse for unprecedented austerity measures, which, as well as wreaking social havoc, are also economically disastrous. In the UK, this involves the NHS, whose planned privatization I campaigned against extensively, the withdrawal of the provision of financial support for the disabled, and the exploitation of the unemployed in workfare schemes, and in Greece, of course, it appears to involve nothing less than the annihilation of the entire state.

Andy Worthington
London
June 11, 2012

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign.”

21 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Zilma Nunes wrote:

    unfortunately i’m broke.. i’m looking for a job..

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    No worries, Zilma. Good luck with your job search.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    One friend has just provided $80 to support my work, which is great news. Thank you!

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    And two more friends have donated – that’s $120 so far. Please help if you can. I rely on your support for most of what I do!

  5. Martin Gugino says...

    If you make public a post office mailing address, I can add you to my banking auto-pay list.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks very much, Martin. Just trying to work out what that means here in the UK.
    Also it’s great to see that you have a brand-new website: http://lakewoodharold.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    I added the PayPal details to this post, which I forgot when I first published it yesterday. Must be tired. Cheques/checks also gratefully received.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Kristin Higgins wrote:

    thank goodness we have people like you in the world

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Kristin. That’s very encouraging!

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Seven friends and supporters have now donated $320 in total, and I am enormously grateful for their help. Can any of my other friends and supporters help me to reach $500 by the end of today?

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Currently at $370. Thanks to the eight friends and supporters who have donated!

  12. Janet Hamlin says...

    I understand this, as a self-employed artist! I have to pay my own way to get to Gtmo and back and find ways between tribunals to support myself so I can remain on this project and continue to sketch there. With journalism budgets always being reduced, It’s tough to keep my time and expenses covered and I’ve diversified quite a bit. This idea of getting donations is an interesting approach!

  13. Andy Worthington says...

    Good to hear from you, Janet. Give it a go. I’m sure there are many people who follow your excellent work, and who will help you out if you explain that you need your work to be partly funded by those who take an interest in your work.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    George Kenneth Berger wrote:

    I just donated, Andy.

  15. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, George. With your help, ten friends and supporters have now donated, and I’ve reached $500!

  16. Andy Worthington says...

    Martin Gugino wrote:

    You use Paypal on your website, and PayPal has a ‘subscription’ option, that allows for periodic payments, kind of “installment plan” giving…. Have you seen that?

  17. Andy Worthington says...

    I guess I should look into it, Martin, but I’m pretty poor when it comes to the admin and publicity side of things. Thanks for reminding me about that option, however – and thanks for the donation!

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