It’s the third day of my quarterly fundraiser, in which I ask you, my friends and supporters, to help support my work as an independent journalist, researcher and activist — primarily on Guantánamo, and America’s embrace of torture and indefinite detention, but also on other issues, including, in the UK, ideologically driven austerity programmes targeting the most vulnerable members of society.
I’m sorry to report that, so far, I have only received $140 towards my target of $2500, and hope that you can at least help me to reach $1300 before the week is over — that works out at just $100 a week over the next three months.
If you appreciate the work that I do — and if you understand that most of it is unpaid — a donation of $25 or £15 would work out at two dollars a week or £1 a week; a small price, I hope, for maintaining this website, with its associated costs, and for allowing me to keep campaigning for the closure of Guantánamo, to work as an activist on other issues, to take part in events, and to undertake radio interviews, when I receive no funding for most of that work. I don’t have an NGO or a university backing me, and I rely on your support to make it possible.
If you can help at all, please click on the “Donate” button above to pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world. 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!
Thank you for your time and for your interest in my work.
December 12, 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, Flickr (my photos) 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,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Dejanka Bryant wrote:
You have 5499 friends, Andy. I hope they will help you.
Toia Tutta Jung wrote:
5499x 5 that should make it..
That would be nice, wouldn’t it? I’ve had one donation since posting this message. May have to think about a new line of work …
$280 received in donations so far from eight generous friends and supporters. Can anyone else help out, to support my work?
Toia Tutta Jung wrote:
Andy, maybe you should remind us about that more often, personally I see this as a very fair trade as I consider yours and some other independent journalists work a much more reliable source of information than the main stream media. I believe that people just have to get used to the idea that if we want good, unbiased journalism, then we have to finance it ourselves. Just like we used to do with the unreliable stuff.
Thanks, Toia. That’s how I see it too, but I know times are hard. I also know that many of the people who really care about injustice don’t have any money!
I also appear to be administratively incapable of setting up any other kind of system, so that people could donate regularly every month, for example. Oh well …
George Kenneth Berger wrote:
Hi Andy. I just donated some money.
Thank you, George. That is very kind of you.
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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