Guantánamo Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Seeking $2000 (£1600) to Support My Reader-Funded Writing and Activism

14.6.17

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of Guantanamo near the White House on January 11, 2013 (Photo: Palina Prasasouk).Please support my work and my efforts to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my work on Guantánamo for the next three months!

 

Dear friends and supporters,

I’m posting a second request for donations for my quarterly fundraising appeal after my first post on Monday. I’m trying to raise $2500 (£2000) in total  — not a huge amount, I hope, for the 50+ articles I write every quarter — and so far, via ten supporters and some of my monthly sustainers, I’ve received around $500 (£400). I’m hugely grateful for those donations, but, as I’m sure you’re aware, it’s not possible to live for 13 weeks on $500. That amount will, instead, only cover the hosting fee for my website for a year, and maintenance costs — I recently had to hire someone to satisfy Google that my site hadn’t been hacked.

If are able to 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). 

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.

I genuinely cannot do what I do without your help. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s true. No mainstream media outlet pays me a salary for what I do, and I have no educational institution or funding organization backing me either, so I am largely dependent on your generosity to enable me to continue my work as a freelance investigative journalist, campaigner and commentator.

I have been working to educate people about Guantánamo — and to get the prison closed — for over eleven years now, and I’ve been publishing articles via this website for ten years and two weeks — nearly 2100 articles in total!

There has been progress in that time, but it remains thoroughly depressing — and a black mark against the United States — that the prison at Guantánamo is still open. 41 men are still held, indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial still stands, no one in the US government has been held accountable for this dangerous aberration from the norms of domestic and international law, and a delusional president — the third to be in charge of this monstrosity — isn’t interested in doing anything about it. The need for my work is, sadly, as important as ever. Please help if you can.

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 cash from anywhere else in the world, that’s also an option. Please note, however, that foreign checks are no longer accepted at UK banks — only electronic transfers. Do, however, contact me if you’d like to support me by paying directly into my account.

With thanks, as always, for your interest in my work — and, in advance, my gratitude if you can make a donation to support me, however large or small — whether $500, $100, $25 or $10.

Andy Worthington
London
June 14, 2017

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album ‘Love and War’ and EP ‘Fighting Injustice’ are available here to download or on CD via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative, launched in January 2016), the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — 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, the full military commissions list, and the chronological list of all Andy’s articles.

Please also consider joining the Close Guantánamo campaign.

3 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    It’s Day 3 of my quarterly fundraiser, and I’m still trying to raise $2000 (£1600) to support my writing about Guantanamo and my campaigning to get the prison closed over the next three months. As a reader-funded journalist, I really can’t do what I do – and have been doing for the last ten years – without your support. $25 (£20) is just $2 (£1.50) a week for the next three months – not too much, I hope, for the 50 or so articles I write every quarter. However, any donation, however large or small, will be very gratefully received. Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Bernard Sullivan wrote:

    Andy Worthington has worked tirelessly for years publicising the plight of so many Guantanamo detainees, the vast majority, just like Mohamedou Ould Salahi are completely innocent. He needs our help to do what he does. If you are able to make a small donation to help him, he and many others will be really grateful. Thank you.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you for your kind and supportive words, Bernard.

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