Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Your Support is Vital for My Guantánamo Work – $3200 ($2200) Still Needed!

Andy Worthington singing his 'Song for Shaker Aamer' at an event in Washington, D.C. on January 10, 2016, the day before the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo (Photo: Justin Norman).Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

I know times are tough all round, but I’m in desperate need of support from you to finance my ongoing project to call for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay through my independent journalism, my research, commentary, public appearances, media appearances, and social media work. Most of this work is unpaid — or, to be more accurate, is reader-funded. Without your support, I cannot continue to do what I’ve been doing for the last ten years. I have no institutional backing, and no mainstream media operation behind me.

Since launching my latest fundraiser on Monday, I have received $300 (£200) in donations, but I’m still trying to raise another $3300 (£2200). That’s just $270 (£185) a week for the next three months — not a huge amount, I hope, for all the work that I do to try and bring to an end the long-standing disgrace and injustice that the prison at Guantánamo is, and will be until it is closed once and for all.

So please, if you can help out at all, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s My Quarterly Fundraiser: Can You Help Me Raise $3500 (£2400) to Support My Guantánamo Work?

Andy Worthington calls for the closure of Guantanamo outside the White House on January 11, 2016, the 14th anniversary of the opening of the prison (Photo: Justin Norman).Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

It’s that time of the year again when I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantánamo, and related issues. Any amount, however large or small, will be gratefully received, as most of my work is only possible through your donations. I don’t have the backing of a mainstream media outlet, and I don’t have the backing of an institution; I am, instead, very much a creation of the modern online world — a reader-funded investigative journalist and commentator — and almost everything I do is only possible because of your support.

So 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).

$3500 (£2400) is just $270 (£185) a week for the next three months — not a huge amount for the 50 or so articles I write every quarter, plus all the social media work, and the personal appearances and media appearances I also undertake, most of which are also unpaid. Read the rest of this entry »

PLEASE Support My Guantánamo Work: $200 (£140) a Week Needed for the Next Three Months

Andy Worthington singing "Song for Shaker Aamer" at "Visions of Homecoming: Close Guantanamo!" an event in Washington, D.C. on January 10, 2016, put together by Witness Against Torture and Code Pink (Screen grab from the video by Justin Norman).Please support my work!

Dear friends, supporters and passing strangers,

I hate to scaremonger, but it’s Day 5 of my quarterly fundraiser, and, although 14 supporters have been so kind as to donate over $1000 (£700) to support my work on Guantánamo for the next three months, that’s just $75 (£55) a week, which isn’t enough to live on. So I’m still $2400 (£1700) short of my target, and won’t be able to continue working as I do unless I can make a significant dent in that shortfall.

Those of you who follow my work know that most of what I do is entirely reader-supported, and involves a whole range of activities — research, writing, campaigning, media interviews and public speaking — as well as the hosting fees and maintenance costs associated with running a website. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Seeking $2600 (£1800) to Support My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington calls for the closure of Guantanamo outside the entrance to US Southern Command in Florida on January 9, 2016.Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

This week is my latest quarterly fundraiser, in which I’m hoping to raise $3500 (£2400) to support my work on Guantánamo and related issues for the next three months. That’s just $270 (£180) a week for my full-time, independent work on Guantánamo, writing 50-60 articles every quarter, and campaigning to get the prison closed. Thanks to the generosity of ten supporters, I’ve raised $900 (£600) since launching the fundraiser on Monday, but I’m still hoping to raise $2600 (£1800) to reach my target.

In case you don’t know, most of my work is reader-funded. I receive no institutional funding for this website, and I really can’t continue to do the work I do without your support. Any amount will be gratefully received, whether it is $25, $100 or $500 — or any amount in any other currency (£15, £50 or £250, for example). PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars, which I chose as my main currency because the majority of my supporters are in the US.

So 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). 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Please Support My Quarterly Fundraiser: I’m Hoping to Raise $3500 (£2400) for My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of Guantanamo outside the White House on January 11, 2016, the 14th anniversary of the opening of the prison. Behind him is the giant inflatable figure of Shaker Aamer that was at the heart of the We Stand With Shaker campaign (Photo: Justin Norman).Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

It’s that time of year, and I hope that, if you value my work, you can help me out.

Exactly ten years ago, I began working full-time on Guantánamo, first writing my book The Guantánamo Files, and then, since May 2007, the 1,919 articles about Guantánamo I have written so far, which are all published here.

Every three months, I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantánamo and related issues. I’m hoping to raise $3,500 (£2,400) for the next three months, which is just $270 (£180) a week for my regular writing about Guantánamo, telling the prisoners’ stories, and campaigning to get the prison closed.

If you don’t already know, I need to let you know that most of my work is reader-funded. I receive no institutional funding for this website, and I really can’t continue to do the work I do without your support. Any amount will be gratefully received, whether it is $25, $100 or $500 — or any amount in any other currency (£15, £50 or £250, for example). PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars, which I chose as my main currency because the majority of my supporters are in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Hoping to Raise $2800 (£1800) for My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington at the Independence from America protest organised by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) at RAF Menwith Hill on July 4, 2013.Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

It’s the third day of my quarterly fundraiser, in which I’m asking you, my readers and supporters, to donate to support my work on Guantánamo and related issues.

As a freelance investigative journalist, commentator and campaigner, I’ve carved out a niche here on the internet over the last eight and half years, writing over 1,850 articles about Guantánamo since May 2007, and, crucially, most of this work — along with most of my media and public appearances — is reader-funded, so any amount will be gratefully received, whether it is $25, $100 or $500 — or any amount in any other currency (£15, £50 or £250, for example). PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars, which I chose as my main currency because the majority of my supporters are in the US.

As well as running this website without any institutional funding whatsoever, making me 100% dependent on your support, I also co-directed the We Stand With Shaker campaign, which played a part in securing the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, on October 30, without any financial support either, except for that provided by you, my readers and supporters. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser: I’m Hoping to Raise $3500 to Support My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington speaking to Bill Newman, a civil rights and criminal defense attorney and the director of the western Massachusetts office of the ACLU, who hosts a weekday radio talk show on WHMP in Northampton, Massachusetts on January 14, 2015, during Andy's US tour.Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

Every three months, I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantánamo and related issues. I’m hoping to raise $3,500 (£2,300) for the next three months, which is just $270 (£180) a week for my regular writing about Guantánamo, telling the prisoners’ stories, and campaigning to get the prison closed.

My work is primarily reader-funded, so any amount will be gratefully received, whether it is $25, $100 or $500 — or any amount in any other currency (£15, £50 or £250, for example). PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars, which I chose as my main currency because the majority of my supporters are in the US.

Please note that I receive no institutional funding for this website, nor have I received any for my work on the We Stand With Shaker campaign, the high-profile campaign, launched last November, which, I’m pleased to be able to say, played a part in securing the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, on October 30. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Seeking $3000 (£2000) to Support My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington at the Independence from America protest organised by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) at RAF Menwith Hill on July 4, 2013.Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

I’m currently trying to raise $3000 (£2000) to support my work on Guantánamo — including the We Stand With Shaker campaign — for the next three months. If you appreciate what I do, any donation, however large or small — $25, $100 or $500, or any amount in any other currency — will be very gratefully received, as most of what I do is only possible because it’s funded by you, my readers and supporters.

If you can help out at all, please click on the “Donate” button above to donate via PayPal. You don’t need to be a PayPal member to use PayPal, and PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars.

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. If you make a recurring payment of at least $15 a month, or if you make a one-off donation of $200 or more, I’ll send you a free copy of my band The Four Fathers’ debut album, ‘Love and War’, on CD. The album includes six original songs of mine, including ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’, featured in the campaign video for We Stand With Shaker, and ’81 Million Dollars’, about the US torture program. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $3500 (£2300) for My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington and Joanne MacInnes of We Stand With Shaker with music legend Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) at the launch of the campaign outside the Houses of Parliament on November 24, 2014 (Photo: Stefano Massimo).Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

Every three months, I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantánamo and related issues — accountability for torture, for example, and the We Stand With Shaker campaign, the specific campaign to free Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, which I launched last November with the activist Joanne MacInnes. I’m hoping to raise $3,500 (£2,300) for the next three months, which is just $270 (£180) a week for my constant advocacy and campaigning on behalf of the Guantánamo prisoners.

As my work is primarily reader-funded (I receive no outside funding for this website, or for my work on the We Stand With Shaker campaign), any amount will be gratefully received, whether it is $25, $100 or $500 — or any amount in any other currency (£15, £60 or £300, for example). PayPal will convert any currency you pay into dollars.

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).

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. If you make a recurring payment of at least $15 a month, or if you make a one-off donation of $200 or more, I’ll send you a free copy of my band The Four Fathers’ debut album, ‘Love and War’, on CD. The album includes six original songs of mine, including ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’, featured in the campaign video for We Stand With Shaker, and ’81 Million Dollars’, about the US torture program. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarterly Fundraiser Day 3: Still Hoping to Raise $3000 (£1800) to Support My Guantánamo Work

Andy Worthington and the We Stand With Shaker poster at the protest against Guantanamo outside the Whirte House on January 11, 2015, the 13th anniversary of the opening of the prison (Photo: Medea Benjamin for Andy Worthington).Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

Many of you, I’m sure, are, like me, self-employed — and will therefore understand that life regularly involves not knowing where your next pay check is coming from. For the last six years, I have relied on you to support me with donations — support that enables me to continue my work as an independent journalist, commentator and activist, specializing in Guantánamo and related issues and largely working online.

This is a modern story — only made possible through the internet, through blogging technology, and through your generosity, funding people you appreciate as an alternative to the old models of the mainstream media and payment derived from advertising and sales.

Since I launched my latest fundraiser on Monday, things have been moving slowly, I have to say. Earlier today, I had my fourth donation, but back in March, for example, over 30 people donated. Today’s supporter apologized for only being able to give $20 (£12), but no apology was required. Every donation — however large or small — is very generous, and, in addition, if everyone who reads my work and supports my campaigning gave me $20 — that’s just $1.50 or £1 a week for the next three months — I could wrap up this fundraiser now! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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