Every three months, I ask you, my friends and supporters, to help me to carry on being an independent investigative journalist, commentator and activist — primarily on Guantánamo and the so-called “war on terror” — by donating to support my work.
Today is the third day of my quarterly fundraiser, and thanks to the generosity of nine friends and supporters, I’ve so far received over $250, for which I’m extremely grateful. I’m now putting out this second call for donations to see if anyone else can help.
All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. $25 is just $2 a week to support my work, which, I hope, is good value for money!
Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world (just (click on the “Donate” button above), 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!
As I explained when launching this fundraiser on Monday, since my last appeal, in December, I have traveled to the US to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo, on the 11th anniversary of its opening, for which my travel was paid, but not my time. I am used to working for free — at speaking events, on the radio, and even on TV, but I have no institutional support for doing so, and rely on you to keep me working as an independent voice calling for justice.
Although I receive some financial support for my Guantánamo work (from the “Close Guantánamo” campaign and the Future of Freedom Foundation), I am also regularly engaged in two other lines of work for which everything I do is unpaid. One is my opposition to the cynical imposition of an age of austerity in the UK by the Tory-led coalition government, which, in recent months, has primarily involved me campaigning to save NHS services from destruction, both by the government and by senior NHS managers who have forgotten what the health service is for.
I am also engaged in a project to photograph the whole of London by bike, and these unpaid projects sometimes combine — as in my photojournalism for the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign (see here, here, here, here and here), and the use of one of my photos as the main campaigning photo for the latest action, “Born in Lewisham,” taking place this Saturday.
Below, in conclusion, is a video of me talking about Guantánamo, and the urgent need to close the prison, outside the White House on January 11 this year. Please donate if you can so that I can continue to call for the closure of Guantánamo.
My thanks, as ever, for your support.
March 13, 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, 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.
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support andy’s work…. he is THE go to person if you want to know about the goings on in guantanamo…. he has followed the fate of the prisoners form day one, and contrary to the media, he has not forgotten about them … if you have a couple of dollars left and you believe we need decent investigative journalism… then support ANDY!!!
Thanks for the support, Monique!
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