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

9.9.15

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. 

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.

Since launching this latest fundraiser on Monday, I have received $500 (£300) in donations, but I need to raise the rest of my target to make my ongoing work viable. As well as researching and writing about Guantánamo, and publishing articles every couple of days, I also attend events, undertake radio interviews and deal with all kinds of requests on a regular basis — and all my work as the co-founder and co-director of the We Stand With Shaker campaign, calling for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, is also unpaid.

Since my last fundraiser, I have continued to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo, and to educate people about the men held, and, for US Independence Day, I wrote the open letter to President Obama calling for Shaker Aamer’s release, which was signed by nearly a hundred celebrities and MPs, including Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Ralph Fiennes, Russell Brand, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

With your help, I will continue this work. At present, for example, I’m working on an update to my definitive prisoner list, which I first put together in 2010, and most recently updated last year, and in the months to come — in the run-up to the 14th anniversary of the opening of the prison in January — I will be working on ways to keep up pressure on the Obama administration and on Congress to get Guantánamo closed before President Obama leaves office in January 2017.

I hope you can help me.

With thanks, as ever, for your support.

Andy Worthington
London
September 9, 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, whose debut album, ‘Love and War,’ was released in July 2015). 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).

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, and The Complete Guantánamo Files, an ongoing, 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011. Also see 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.

4 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    I’ve now had eight donations in total, taking me over the $500 mark, but I’m still in need of donations. $25/£15 is just $2/£1 a week for the next 13 weeks – not much if you value my work!

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    It’s now day 4 of my quarterly fundraiser, to support my writing and campaigning on ‪‎Guantanamo‬ and for We Stand With Shaker, and I’m still trying to raise $2900 (£1900) to keep me working for the next three months. I realize there are many worthy causes crying out for your attention right now, but if you can help out at all, it will be greatly appreciated. As a reader-funded journalist, for the most part, I honestly can’t do what I do without your support.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    I’ve had another donation tonight, but I’m still hoping for more. If you can help out at all, any donation, however large or small, will be gratefully received.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    I’ve nearly reached $900 (£600) in donations. Many thanks to the 14 supporters who have donated to help me to continue working as an independent writer and activist. I am still seeking $2600 (£1700) if anyone can help.

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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 and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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