Last week was my quarterly fundraiser, in which, as I do every three months, I ask you, my friends and supporters, to donate if you can to support my work, primarily as an independent journalist, researcher and activist on Guantánamo and related issues, but also as a journalist and activist opposing the Tories’ ideologically-imposed austerity programme in the UK, which, at the moment, mostly involves me campaigning to save the NHS, although I try, when I can, to also highlight the government’s disgraceful assault on the disabled.
Although I receive financial support for some of my Guantánamo work, much of what I do is unpaid (see my TV and radio appearances here, for example), as is my political activism in the UK, and, allied to this, my photography. Since last May, I’ve been working as a photographer, mainly on a project to photograph the whole of London by bike, but also photographing protests — to save Lewisham Hospital, my local hospital in London, and also about Guantánamo (both in the UK and the US).
Thanks to the generosity of 17 friends and supporters, I received $550 (£330) last week to support my work, but I’m putting out this final appeal for donations to try and raise a little more. I only put out an appeal every 13 weeks, and it would be wonderful if I could reach at least $1000 (£600) to provide me with much-needed financial assistance for the three months to come.
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!
My thanks again to everyone who donated last week, and to everyone who reads and shares and supports my work, regardless of whether or not you can assist me financially. This is more important than anything — although it does help to be able to pay the bills!
London, March 18, 2013
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”.
On Facebook, Toia Tutta Jung wrote:
Pete Johnson wrote:
me too thanks for all your great work.
David Knopfler wrote:
Would it not be possible to put on an event in London with a mix of entertainment and education? $450 doesn’t sound like a very challenging target for a one off benefit.
Thanks, Toia, Pete and David. That’s very much appreciated. I’m sure you’re right, David, but I can’t imagine that I’d be comfortable putting on an event as a fundraiser. I can only just about cope with it online …!
Neil Mckenna wrote:
Tenner on the way Andy.
Hi andy, I’m having trouble trying to pay with paypal. Do you have an address I can send a cheque to? Thanks, Lorna
That’s very kind, Lorna. 164A Tressillian Road, London SE4 1XY.
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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