Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Seeking $2,000 (£1,600) to Support My Guantánamo Work Over the Next Three Months

13.6.18

A panel from the comic 'Guantanamo Bay is Still Open. Still. STILL!' by Jess Parker and Sarah Mirk, featuring Andy Worthington.Please click on the ‘Donate’ button below to make a donation towards the $2,500 (£2,000) I’m trying to raise to support my work on Guantánamo over the next three months of the Trump administration.

 

Dear friends and supporters,

Since I started working independently on Guantánamo, over 12 years ago, I have largely been reliant on the support that you, my readers, have given and continue to give to me via donations that enable me to carry on researching and writing about Guantánamo, and calling for the prison to be closed, a vocation — some might say an obsession — that has, to date, led to me writing and publishing over 2,200 articles about Guantánamo.

I never meant to embark on this path as an independent journalist and activist, but it seemed to be the only appropriate response to my compulsion to tell the truth about Guantánamo on an essentially relentless basis — the truth being that it must be closed, because it is a lawless place of brutality and vengeance, full of alleged intelligence that, to a shockingly large degree, does not relate to any kind of truth, but consists of lies made by prisoners about their fellow prisoners, after they were tortured or otherwise abused, or even bribed with better living conditions.

My independence has allowed me to cover Guantánamo more assiduously than most of the mainstream media, which generally doesn’t maintain a relentless focus on issues of chronic injustice, even though it should, and has also enabled me to use my research and journalism to push more into campaigning, as I did in 2014-15 with We Stand With Shaker, the campaign to free Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, and as I continue to do via my website here, and also via the Close Guantánamo campaign that I set up with the US attorney Tom Wilner in 2012 — where, to provide a current example of my campaigning, I am asking people to mark a terrible milestone — 6,000 days of Guantánamo’s existence — on Friday by taking a photo with a poster marking this sad occasion and sending it to us.

If you can help out at all with a donation to support my work, please click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal. Any amount will be gratefully received — whether it’s $500, $100, $25 or even $10 — or the equivalent in any other currency.

You can also make a recurring payment on a monthly basis by ticking the box marked, “Make this a monthly donation,” and if you are able to do so, it would be very much appreciated.

The donation page is set to dollars, because the majority of my readers are based in the US, but PayPal will convert any amount you wish to pay from any other currency — and you don’t have to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

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.

As well as continuing to work towards the closure of Guantánamo — and holding accountable those who set it up, and who were also responsible for the post-9/11 torture program — i have, at various times over the last few years, branched out into other work — writing about and campaigning to save social housing (not-for-profit housing) in the UK, for example, where genuinely affordable housing is being cynically destroyed to enable greater profiteering by the already rich, which I am currently doing via my writing, via my role as the narrator of ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, a documentary film about residents’ resistance to the destruction of their council estate homes, which I’m touring with the director, Nikita Woolfe, and a campaign I set up where I live, called No Social Cleansing in Lewisham.

I also use whatever money I receive to support my photography, and specifically ‘The State of London’, a photo-journalism project I started six years ago, but only began publishing a year ago, which involves me chronicling London’s changing landscapes via bike, covering every one of the city’s 120 postcodes, and also my music — protest music via my band The Four Fathers, with, increasingly, gigs that involve political protest, and ongoing efforts to resist the corporate world’s often successful efforts to persuade people that politics and music don’t mix. feel free to check out my song ‘Grenfell’, about the entirely preventable fire in a tower block in west London last June, in which over 70 people died.

If you’re with me on any of these journeys and can help to support me, I’ll be delighted to receive whatever donation you can make. As ever, I genuinely can’t do what i do without you.

Andy Worthington
London
June 13, 2018

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 music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and see the latest photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (click on the following for Amazon in 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), and for his photo project ‘The State of London’ he publishes a photo a day from six years of bike rides around the 120 postcodes of the capital.

In 2017, Andy became very involved in housing issues. He is the narrator of a new documentary film, ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, about the destruction of council estates, and the inspiring resistance of residents, he wrote a song ‘Grenfell’, in the aftermath of the entirely preventable fire in June that killed over 70 people, and he also set up ‘No Social Cleansing in Lewisham’ as a focal point for resistance to estate destruction and the loss of community space in his home borough in south east London.

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, The Complete Guantánamo Files, 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, in which I’m trying to raise $2,500 (£2,000) to support my work on Guantanamo – and my social justice work on housing in the UK, and my photography and protest music – as an independent journalist and activist, and I’ve now reached about 20% of my target.
    It’s fair to say that I can’t do what I do without you, so if you appreciate the 50 or so articles I write every month, my social media work, the 2,200 articles I’ve written about Guantanamo since 2007, and the many facets of my activism and creativity, then please feel free to make a donation. Any amount, however large or small, will be very gratefully received – and if you can become a monthly sustainer, that will be particularly appreciated. Tick the box on the PayPal page marked, “Make this a monthly donation,” and fill in the amount you wish to give.
    With thanks, as ever, for your interest in my work

  2. Tom says...

    Can’t afford to donate money (due to being on a fixed income). Instead, I’ll continue with links in high visibility platforms.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Tom. Your support is always appreciated.

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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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