Dear friends and supporters,
It’s that time of the year again. Every three months, I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my ongoing work on Guantánamo and the 164 men still held there. Please click on the “Donate” button above if you can help out.
Your support — and your support alone — is the reason that I can undertake most of my work; and that means the majority of the 60-plus articles I’ve written and published since my last fundraiser in June, as well as the personal appearances, the TV and radio interviews, and the maintenance of this website and the various social media sites associated with it.
As the days begin to draw in, I hope you have had a good summer. I managed to take two weeks off, when I was completely offline for the first time in seven years. However, both before and after the break, my time has been, and continues to be taken up by the campaign for justice for the Guantánamo prisoners — documenting their stories, documenting those involved in the ongoing hunger strike, seeking release for the 84 men cleared for release since January 2010, and seeking adequate reviews, trials or release for the other prisoners still held.
All contributions are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. You can also make a recurring payment on a monthly basis by ticking the box marked, “Make This Recurring (Monthly),” and if you are able to do so, it would be very much appreciated.
Readers can pay via PayPal from anywhere in the world (click on the “Donate” button at the top of this article), 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). 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!
$25 (£15) is just $2 (or £1) a week for the next three months — not too much, I hope, for the four or five articles I publish on average every week. Although I do receive some support for my “Close Guantánamo” work, most of what I do is unpaid — or, to be more accurate, with your help, is reader-supported. So if you appreciate my dedication to a cause that I focus on relentlessly, while the mainstream media drifts in and out of focus, then please donate if you can, and I’ll continue to shine a spotlight on Guantánamo and on all three branches of the US government, who, by accident or design, are keeping this monstrously unjust facility open.
With thanks, as always, for your support,
September 16, 2013
Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer and film-maker. He is the co-founder of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, and 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. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).
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My thanks to a friend for making the first donation! Can anyone else help out?
Andy, I frame my contribution to your work in terms of the number of men held. Your writing and persistence ‘keep them alive’ to a world overful of information that calls for attention. I figure I can afford $1 per person that my country is holding captive – in violation of everything I hold dear. and surely, a dollar is small in that calculation but creates a way of thinking that supports a larger contribution to a cause I feel strongly about. Two men released – takes that donation down $2 from the last cycle. If your work and that of your community achieves it’s goal, next cycle the amount will be even less.
There are so many requests for financial support these days, putting your case in tangible, issue specific terms might help people pause and take in the actual work you’re doing and what that’s worth.
Alternatively, you could offer consulting services to the U.S. government, telling them you can save $2.5 billion over time or $3 million x number of cleared prisoners in the next year….. In times of austerity, this should be worth something…..
Thanks, Kai. That’s very kind. I appreciate you formulating a mechanism to draw attention to the cause – $1 for every prisoner still held – and I will try to take on board your recommendation about putting my case in tangible, issue-specific terms to attract attention.
I wish the American people would rise up in protest at the insane amount of money spent, not just at Guantanamo, but on “defense” (i.e war) in general, but although Congress has an approval rating that is shockingly low, that doesn’t translate into action by voters (mass protest and/or not voting), even though, logically, it should.
Keep up the good work Andy and hopefully people will help.
Thank you, Mustafa, for the supportive words.
On Facebook, Jamal Ajouaou wrote:
Thanks and good luck Andy, indeed a very hard job ,12 years and you are still fighting , you have done Amizing job wanders you have built bridges and broke all the frontiers ,many famillies who had innocent loved once who were put in cages , if it wasnt for people like kept on suporting them in hard times and gave them hope , such people like make the united kingdom feel proud , never in my life I was interested in politics because I dont have enough education to understand the game , but because of what did hapen to me and other innocent people who were been sold for bounty , now I began to understand very little because the situation is very complicated and twisted from all direction , Im sorry that you have to be stuck with us but the work you are doing is for your country more then for those who have been acused as suspects , you are infourfront of the battle of justice and rights of humanity the uk is known as one of the leading world for justice and good exmple when it comes to JURISPRUDENCE , sadly now they chose to use the secret law that makes criminals became super grass informers acuse innocent people as a cover , when the criminals blood thirsty so called leader of communities will continue to use Terror who blow innocent people in the same time they have their hand everywhere they control lawyer jaurnalist and the community .
Thank you sincerely, Jamal, for your encouraging words about my work. It has always been essential work on two fronts – firstly because the victims of the post-9/11 hysteria in the West are real people and not just statistics, and secondly because, as you say, the principles are hugely important for the law and how it is used in the US, the UK and elsewhere. Secret evidence, which is key to the ongoing imprisonment of the men at Guantanamo, should not be allowed, but as you know it’s also taken root in the UK, even though it is completely inimical to the functioning of an open and transparent judicial system. Without open justice, it’s a slippery slope to tyranny.
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