Dear friends and supporters,
Today is the fourth day of my quarterly fundraiser, in which I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my ongoing work telling the stories of the men still held in Guantánamo, and campaigning to secure the closure of the prison. If you can help out at all, please click on the “Donate” button above to donate via PayPal (and please note that you don’t need to be a PayPal member to use PayPal).
Most of the work I do in unpaid — or, more specifically, is only supported by you, my readers — and that is not just the majority of the 20 or so articles I write every month, but also some of my personal appearances, and most of my media appearances (on radio and TV), as well as my work on other issues of importance — the future of the NHS, for example, and the Tory-led UK government’s cruel assault on the disabled.
As a result, it is no exaggeration to say that, without your support, I will be unable to carry on working as I do. Since I launched this particular fundraiser on Monday, seven friends have donated $700, for which I’m very grateful, but over the next three months, that works out at just $50 a week, which isn’t really enough to live on.
If fifty of the thousands of people who read my work donated $50, I’d be able to reach my target, but that’s just one example. To give another example, a donation of $25/£15 is just $2/£1 a week for next three months, less than the price of a newspaper every week for the 3-5 articles I write every week, and the extras I also provide — my recent update to my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, for example, updated for the first time since April 2012, expanded from four parts to six parts, and containing links to everything I have written about the prisoners since I first started working full-time on Guantánamo eight years ago.
All contributions to support my work are welcome, whether it’s $25, $100 or $500 — or, of course, the equivalent in pounds sterling or any other currency. If paying in another currency, check here to see what your payment is in dollars (and please note that I use dollars as the default currency for donations because the majority of my readers are in the US). 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, 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!
In conclusion, I hope you can help me continue working as an independent voice calling for the closure of Guantánamo.
With thanks, as ever, for your support,
March 13, 2014
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).
To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to Andy’s RSS feed — and he can also be found on Facebook (and here), Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Also see the six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, and “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” an ongoing, 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. Also see the definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all Andy’s articles.
Please also consider joining the “Close Guantánamo” campaign.
On Facebook, Shazzii Khan wrote:
Hi Andy, how do British folk donate? I clicked on the link and it’s all USD
Dejanka Bryant wrote:
Yes, Shazzii, it’s in dollars but It doesn’t matter at all. You can google exchange rate to see how much is your donation in British pounds.
Thank you very much, Shazzii, and thank you, Dejanka, for being on-hand with such useful technical advice! I will add something to my article explaining this.
Although I think, Dejanka, that you are better at these explanations than I am!
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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