UPDATE September 23: My fundraising week is over, but I’m still hoping to raise $1650 of my $2500 target. If you can help out at all, it will be very much appreciated.
Dear friends and supporters,
It’s that time of year when I ask you, if you support my work on Guantánamo and the “war on terror,” to make a donation, if you can, to support my work. I have been researching and writing about Guantánamo for eight and a half years, since spring 2006, and I will continue to write about it, and to campaign for its closure, until it is finally shut for good.
Most of my work is unpaid, so many of my articles, the maintenance of this website and the social media associated with it, and most of my media appearances are only possible with your support. If you can help out at all, please click on the “Donate” button above to donate via PayPal (and I should add that you don’t need to be a PayPal member to use PayPal).
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. 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!
Since my last fundraiser in June, I have done my best to keep Guantánamo in people’s minds, through my writing here, and on the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established with the US lawyer Tom Wilner three years ago, and also through my work for Al-Jazeera (see here and here), and my public appearances — for example, my appearance on a lively show on CCTV America last week.
As we count down to the 13th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, on January 11 next year — an anniversary that, I believe, few us expected to see when President Obama took office in January 2009 — all of us who want to see Guantánamo closed, and have spent many long years working to that end, must continue to put pressure on the Obama administration to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo, which he made when he took office, and to continue releasing prisoners approved for release — 79 of the remaining 149 prisoners — as he promised in a major speech last May.
I hope to be involved in new initiatives over the next few months to maintain pressure on the Obama administration, and to keep educating people about Guantánamo, and why it must be closed, but in the meantime, I’d like to thank you, as ever, for your support, and, in advance, to thank those of you who are willing and able to donate to support my work. I genuinely cannot do what I do without your help.
September 15, 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).
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I’ve had my first donation – of $25 (£15). Many thanks. That’s just $2 (£1) a week for the next three months – hopefully not too much for what I do. if 100 of my friends did the same, I’d reach my target!
Two more friends have donated. Thank you very much. Can anyone else donate to help to keep me writing and campaigning?
Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. 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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