Lockdown Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) to Support My Guantánamo Work and My Photo-Journalism Project, ‘The State of London’

8.6.20

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo outside the White House on January 11, 2020, the 18th anniversary of the prison’s opening, and a section of photos from the coronavirus lockdown in London, as featured on Andy’s Facebook page ‘The State of London.’

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, and/or for my London photo-journalism project ‘The State of London’.





 

Dear friends and supporters,

Every three months I ask you, if you can, to support my ongoing journalism and activism — mostly on Guantánamo — and my photo-journalism, via my project ‘The State of London’, for which I have no institutional backing. As a very modern version of a freelance journalist, I’m reliant on you, my supporters, to support my work via donations if you like what I do and are able to help.

This is a long-standing arrangement, and it largely arose because there was no room for someone like me in the mainstream media, which didn’t want an expert on Guantánamo writing relentlessly about the prison, the men held there, and why it needs to be closed, and who, in general, dismiss people who are relentlessly dedicated to important causes as “activists” rather than journalists. This is a distinction that I don’t find valid, which serves to largely sideline writers who burn with indignation at injustices in favour of those who embrace “objectivity” — and sadly it tends only to end up supporting the status quo.

On Guantanamo, I have doggedly sought its closure for 14 years now, and have no intention of giving up while it remains open, because its very existence is such a legal, ethical and moral abomination. Your support for my relentless persistence regarding this hugely important but almost entirely forgotten topic is very greatly appreciated.

I continue to publish around 30 articles every three months here on my website, although I also post additional links and thoughts and opinions on Facebook, and, in addition, my photo-journalism — via ‘The State of London’ — has also become an increasingly significant part of my work, in which, every day, I post a photo on Facebook and Twitter taken from what is now eight years of cycling around London’s 120 postcodes, taking photos of the changing face of the city that has been my home for 35 years.

If you can make a donation to support my ongoing efforts to close Guantánamo, and/or my photo-journalism, 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 filling in the amount you wish to donate every month, 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 those interested in my Guantánamo work 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 (to 164A Tressillian Road, London SE4 1XY), 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.

A changed world

My last fundraiser was at the start of March, when both the US and the UK were waking up to a new threat — the novel coronavirus COVID-19 — which, in the three months since, has changed the world to an extent that, I think, almost no one saw coming, even though governments were repeatedly warned about it by experts.

One of the disastrous effects of the coronavirus is the number of jobs and livelihoods that have been suddenly lost, or put on hold, including a huge number of creative people, and while I’m fortunate not to have been particularly hard hit to date, I completely understand if people are finding funds in short supply when it comes to donating to worthy causes.

The coronavirus, of course, has also featured significantly in my work — in a number of articles that I’ve written, including the following that deal specifically with what it might mean for our future: Imagining a Post-Coronavirus World: Ending Ravenous Capitalism and Our Consumer-Driven Promiscuity, Health Not Wealth: The World-Changing Lessons of the Coronavirus, The Coronavirus Lockdown, Hidden Suffering, and Delusions of a Rosy Future, In the Midst of the Coronavirus Lockdown, Environmental Lessons from Extinction Rebellion, One Year On, Landlords: The Front Line of Coronavirus Greed and Coronavirus and the Meltdown of the Construction Industry: Bloated, Socially Oppressive and Environmentally Ruinous.

The virus — and the lockdown — also came to dominate ‘The State of London’, as I have been out cycling every day and taking photos since the lockdown began on March 23, and, in particular, making repeated visits to the West End and the City, which, at the height of the lockdown, were almost entirely deserted, and seemed like some sort of dystopian future in which all the buildings remained standing, but the people had disappeared. You can see my lockdown photos here, and I hope that my archive of the last three months will lead eventually to a book, some exhibitions and a website. Again, any support you can give will be invaluable, as I have no institutional backing for what has become, over the last eight years, a labour of love.

Thanks, as ever, for your interest in my work. Whether or not you can make a donation, it’s important that I let you know that, without your interest, all that I do would mean nothing.

Andy Worthington
London
June 8, 2020

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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 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, or you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.55), and for his photo project ‘The State of London’ he publishes a photo a day from seven 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 the 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 2017 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. For two months, from August to October 2018, he was part of the occupation of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats next door — by Lewisham Council and Peabody. Although the garden was violently evicted by bailiffs on October 29, 2018, and the trees were cut down on February 27, 2019, the resistance continues.

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.

One Response

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Every three months, I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantanamo, which I have been working to try and get closed for 14 years now, and my ongoing photo-journalism project, ‘The State of London’, which has been attracting significant attention lately, via the photos I have been taking during the coronavirus lockdown.

    As an independent freelance journalist and activist, without any institutional backing, I rely on your support to enable me to continue my work, so if you can help out at all, please do. It will be very greatly appreciated!

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