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.

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.

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.

With just 225 days left for President Obama to close Guantánamo, I’ll be doing what I can to educate people about the need for the prison to be closed before he leaves office — via the Countdown to Close Guantánamo that I launched in January, and also via my current focus on the Periodic Review Boards at Guantánamo, which are currently reviewing the cases of the many dozens of prisoners who, six years ago, were described by a US review process as “too dangerous to release.” That has turned out to be a rather disgraceful exaggeration, because, currently, 24 of the 33 men whose cases have been decided have been recommended for release.

You can see all my recent articles on the PRBs here and here, and you can also rest assured that, with your help, I will continue to do all I can to get the prison at Guantánamo closed once and for all.

Andy Worthington
June 8, 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, and, if you appreciate Andy’s work, feel free to make a donation.

3 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    It’s Day 3 of my quarterly fundraiser, and I’m grateful to the supporters who have so far donated $300 (£200), but I still need to raise another $3200 (£2200) to support my work on ‪Guantanamo‬ for the next three months. I’ll continue to cover the prisoners’ stories, to campaign for the prison’s closure, and to report on the Periodic Review Boards in more detail than the mainstream media, but I do need your support. I’m a creation of the modern world – a reader-funded writer and activist – and I can’t do what I do without your financial support. All donations, however large or small, will be very gratefully received.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    It’s now Day 5 of my quarterly fundraiser, and thanks to the generosity of 14 friends and supporters, I’ve now raised $700 (£500) to support my work on ‪Guantanamo‬ over the next three months. However, that’s still just 20% of my target, and I’m still hoping to raise another $2800 (£1900). All donations, however large or small, will be very gratefully received, whether it’s $25, $50, $100 or more. $25 (£15) is just $2 (£1) a week for the next 13 weeks – not a huge amount, I hope, if you appreciate all the work I do as a reader-funded journalist and campaigner.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    It’s day 6 of my quarterly fundraiser – I’ve raised just over $700 (£500), with three donations still to come, but that still leaves me a long way adrift of my target of $3500. If you can help out at all, I’m still extremely interested in your financial support.

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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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