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.

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.

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.

We are now in the 15th year of operations at Guantánamo, and although President Obama recently delivered a plan to Congress for the prison’s closure before he leaves office, it is by no means certain that Congress will cooperate with him, or that, if necessary, he can do it without lawmakers’ support.

As a result, we need to keep up the pressure on the Obama administration to get Guantánamo closed once and for all. I continue to campaign for Guantánamo’s closure — through the Countdown to Close Guantánamo, for example, and through my regular reporting, including my detailed scrutiny of the Periodic Review Boards — and with your help I will continue to do as much as I can, through my writing, research, campaigning, media appearances and personal appearances, to work towards Guantánamo’s closure.

With thanks, as ever, for your interest in my work. As mentioned above, I honestly can’t do what I do without your help, and I will be very grateful if you can make any kind of donation to support me.

Andy Worthington
March 7, 2016

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,’ is available for download or on CD via Bandcamp — also see here). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative, launched in January 2016), the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison (finally freed on October 30, 2015), 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...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    My friends, it’s that time of the year when I ask you, if you appreciate my work on ‪Guantanamo‬ and related issues, to make a donation to support me. I’m hoping to raise $3500 (£2400) to keep me solvent for the next three months, and as a journalist and campaigner whose work is largely reader-funded, I hope you understand that I really can’t do what I do without your financial support. All donations – however large or small – will be very gratefully received. Click on the link for the “Donate” button via PayPal.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    If anyone can help it will be very welcome. It has just occurred to me that I’ve been working full-time on Guantanamo for ten years – and three days! On Mar. 4, 2006, the Pentagon was obliged to release thousands of pages of documents about the prisoners, which was the start of my full-time research for my book The Guantanamo Files:

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Julia Igaz wrote:

    Brilliant continual work Andy. Highest respects and support. I do hope you reach/exceed your target so can ensure full wack on Full closure and no reopening elsewhere. Just wanted to say thank you for all your inspirational and inspiring campaigns …

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Julia, for the wonderfully supportive words!

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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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