Quarterly Fundraiser: Please Help Me Raise $2500 to Support My Guantánamo Work


Andy Worthington, in a photo for the We Stand With Shaker campaign.Please support my work!

Dear friends and supporters,

Every three months I ask you, if you can, to support my work on Guantánamo and the “war on terror” by making a donation. Most of the work I do to educate people about Guantánamo, and to campaign to get the prison closed, is unpaid — or, rather, it is unpaid unless it is funded by you, my readers — and this quarter is no exception.

I recently launched a campaign called We Stand With Shaker, specifically to try and secure the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison. With a colleague, Joanne MacInnes, we launched it two weeks ago, and we seem to be getting noticed, in particular through our photos of celebrities — including actors, comedians, politicians, journalists and musicians — standing with a giant inflatable figure of Shaker. Some of you may also be surprised to discover that I also wrote and sang the campaign song, featured in the official video for the campaign.

This project has been taking up a huge amount of time, although, like so much of my work, it is completely unfunded, so any assistance you can provide will be very gratefully received, as the campaign continues, with new initiatives planned for the next few months, as well as the daily updates of celebrities standing with Shaker.

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!

I realize that there are probably many causes calling out for your support at this time of year, and if you can’t help out, I completely understand, but now is a particularly good time to maintain pressure on the Obama administration — and on David Cameron in Shaker Aamer’s case — as President Obama has been showing a willingness to release prisoners recently, and I am hopeful that my annual visit to the US — to coincide with the anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, on January 11 — will be an opportunity to attract more attention that usual. I will be in the US for around two weeks, and although my flights will be paid for, no one will be paying for my time — unless you can help out by donating to support me.

In closing, thank you for your interest in my work. As ever, it is true to say that I genuinely can’t do what I do without your help.

Andy Worthington
December 8, 2014

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer and film-maker. He is the co-founder of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, the director of “We Stand With Shaker,” calling for the immediate release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, 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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Please also consider joining the “Close Guantánamo” campaign.

6 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    $2500 is less than $200 (£120) a week for the next three months, for work like this article I just published on my website about the six men just freed in Uruguay: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2014/12/08/who-are-the-six-men-freed-from-guantanamo-and-given-new-homes-in-uruguay/
    I’ve also been working all day, unpaid, on We Stand With Shaker, updating photos on the website, and visiting Regent’s College to take part in a short film about Shaker’s Declaration of No Human Rights that we’re releasing on Wednesday, and this morning I did an unpaid interview with a South African radio station talking about the recent prisoner releases. Please support my work if you can! With your support, all this unpaid work becomes reader-supported!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Three friends have donated to get my fundraiser off the ground. Many thanks to you all. Can anyone else help?

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    I have now had a donation from a fourth supporter, which is most welcome. As we move into Day 2 of the fundraiser, can anyone else help to support my work? All donations will be gratefully received.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks to the fifth supporter who has made a donation to support my ongoing work on Guantanamo – including We Stand With Shaker, the new campaign to secure the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison.

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Five friends have donated so far, since I launched my quarterly appeal yesterday. If you can help out at all, it will be greatly appreciated. $25 is just $2 a week for the next three months, hopefully a small price for the work I do. I am, to a great extent, funded by you, my readers and supporters, and I believe you value my independence and my dedication to the Guantanamo prisoners and their stories.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    If anyone can donate to help support my work I’d be very grateful. Today I was on Press TV and RT’s news broadcasts at 6pm, and on a Russian radio show, talking about the torture report – but no one paid me for doing so. All donations will be very gratefully received!

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