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!

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 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.

I do hope that, if you support my work, and are able to make a small donation to keep me going — as noted above, even just $1.50 or £1 a week — you will do so.

With thanks, as always, for your interest in my work.

Andy Worthington
June 10, 2015

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). He is the co-founder of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, the co-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 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).

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7 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    It’s Day 3 of my quarterly fundraiser to support my work on ‪Guantanamo‬, We Stand With Shaker and related issues, and I have to say that things have been moving slowly. Earlier today, I had my fourth donation, but I’m a long, long way from my target. If everyone who reads my work and supports my campaigning gave me $25 — that’s just $2 or £1.50 a week for the next three months — I could wrap up this fundraiser now!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Neil Wilson shared this on Facebook and wrote:

    Good Guy Andy Worthington, does good work for good causes, and he’s really not asking for a lot, if you spread $3500 over three months, then weekly it’s only a fraction more than i get on benefits, and i don’t need to use it to support a family and do a job that ultimately is for the benefit of others. so, if you can manage it, please consider making a donation, however small it may be, towards supporting Andy and the work he does.
    It’s amazing what lots of small donations add up to if enough people contribute them. look at the crowd funded amount raised by ordinary people chipping in to pay the costs of the legal challenge against #Carmichaelmustgo. So it turns out every little bit really can make the difference. thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you can actually manage and do make a donation to help Andy then many thanks for doing so. from me, from Andy, and from all the people this campaign has already helped and those for whom help is still needed, most particularly Shaker Aamer. cheers good people Nx

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Neil. Much appreciated.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Neil Wilson wrote:

    No problem Andy, hope it brings in something, as i said every little helps, esp if there’s lots of them. but ironically most of the people i know who are the sort of open minded decent big hearted types who would contribute to something like this, are also the ones who are struggling the most to get by themselves, thanks to the social engineering and economic vandalism of our current bunch of duly elected corporate puppets presently destroying the legal and financial and practical support upon which the welfare state was built to suit the needs of their “party donors” which sadly isn’t a line from a thriller about paranoid conspiracy theory, just the current state of affairs, as i’m sure you know far better than I.
    Still on the bright side, i know that those who read this and can, will. There’s just not as many who can as there are those who would. But hey-ho, onwards and upwards, my friend, and thank you for all that you do, respect to you Mr Worthington. peace Nx

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks again, Neil.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Mahfuja BeKind wrote:

    Most of you know the great work Andy Worthington does. An independent, self employed journalist who reports accurate accounts of what goes on in the notorious prison, Guantanamo bay. Please support the great work he does with a little of your donation.
    The very least please *share*

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for promoting my fundraiser, Mahfuja. As you know, but all your friends may not, most of my writing about Guantanamo, my campaigning to get it closed, and my work for We Stand With Shaker, for example, is only possible through the help of those who support my work financially. All donations, however small or large, will be gratefully received!

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