Quarterly Fundraiser: Seeking $2500 (£2000) to Support My Ongoing Work to Close Guantánamo Over the Next Three Months

12.6.23

Andy Worthington campaigning for the closure of Guantánamo outside the White House, singing in Washington, D.C., and campaigning against the destruction of a community garden in London.

Please click on the ‘Donate’ button below to make a donation towards the $2,500 (£2,000) I’m trying to raise to support my work on Guantánamo over the next three months.




 

Dear friends and supporters,

Every three months I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work as an independent journalist and activist, working to get the prison at Guantánamo Bay closed, and telling the stories of the men held there, as I have been doing for the last 17 years. I have no institutional backing for any of this work, so I really am dependent on your financial support.

If you can make a donation to support my work, please click on the “Donate” button above to make a payment via PayPal. Any amount will be gratefully received — whether it’s $500, $100, $25 or even $10 — or the equivalent in any other currency.

You can also make a recurring payment on a monthly basis by ticking the box marked, “Make this a monthly donation,” and filling in the amount you wish to donate every month. If you are able to do so, a regular, monthly donation would be greatly appreciated.

The donation page is set to dollars, because the majority of those interested in my Guantánamo work are based in the US, but PayPal will convert any amount you wish to pay from any other currency — and you don’t have to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

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 (to 164A Tressillian Road, London SE4 1XY), 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 my last fundraiser in March, I’ve been busy with campaigning, continuing to promote, participate in and report about the monthly coordinated global vigils for the prison’s closure that I began organizing in February, and which, in recent months, have secured the support of Amnesty International USA, and the backing of numerous human rights organisations in the US. Follow the links for my reports about the global vigils in April, May and June.

I also helped to establish the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Closure of the Guantánamo Detention Facility, whose inaugural meeting was attended by former prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and his former guard Steve Wood, and was followed by three screenings of “The Mauritanian,” the feature film about Mohamedou’s story, in Buckinghamshire, and at the University Brighton, at which I was a speaker, along with Mohamedou and Steve. See my report here. I also visited the European Parliament in Brussels to seek support for Guantánamo’s closure from MEPs.

I have also continued to write articles that discuss important aspects of Guantánamo’s story that are either ignored by the mainstream media, or are not covered adequately, with examples including Guantánamo and the U.S. Courts: When Is A War Not Over? Apparently, When It’s the “War on Terror”, my article about a court case that was not reported elsewhere, and The Man They Never Knew: Said Bakush Is Repatriated from Guantánamo to Algeria; 30 Men Now Remain, 16 Also Approved for Release, about the most recent release from the prison.

Other examples are UN Condemns 21-Year Imprisonment of Abu Zubaydah as Arbitrary Detention and Suggests that Guantánamo’s Detention System “May Constitute Crimes Against Humanity”, in which I discussed in detail a hugely significant UN opinion about “forever prisoner” Abu Zubaydah, and The Broken Old Men of Guantánamo, in which I addressed the US options for dealing with the 14 men still held at Guantánamo who have not been approved for release.

Most recently, I published Remembering Guantánamo’s Dead, on the 17th Anniversary of an Implausible “Triple Suicide”, a annual act of commemoration for the three men who died at Guantánamo on the night of June 9-10, 2006, as well as the other six men who have also died at the prison.

As a truly independent journalist and activist — free from fear or favour, as the saying goes — no one paid me for any of the work discussed above, which is, moreover, all free to read without any paywall or advertising. As a result, and as I noted at the start of this article, I’m reliant on your financial support to enable me to continue this work.

I’m also increasingly involved in writing about the climate crisis, and in climate activism (which, it is becoming increasingly obvious, is by far and away the biggest crisis of our lifetimes), and, in the last three months, I have published numerous articles about it, including an analysis of the IPCC’s latest report, the second instalment of a series of articles about the history of climate change and climate activism throughout my 60 years on this precious, beleaguered planet, a review, with my photos, of Extinction Rebellion’s four-day gathering in London in April, “We Can’t Trust The Weather Anymore,” a speech I made at the XR gathering, and, most recently, The Evil Empire Isn’t Russia; It’s Fossil Fuel-Based Capitalism, Waging Apocalyptic War on the Planet and the Whole of Humanity.

As well as the above, I also write about other topics, which are also undertaken on an unpaid basis (or, with your support, on a reader-funded basis), and in the last three months I’ve written articles about the shameful racism of the Conservative Party (How Brexit Gave Us Vile, Broken Politicians Who Despise Human Rights and Seek to Criminalise Refugees: Part One and Part Two), plus 20 Years Since the Illegal Invasion of Iraq, Why Are Bush, Cheney and Blair Still Free Men?, a call for England’s water supplies to be re-nationalised, and my annual reflection on the Battle of the Beanfield.

And, last but not least, I also continue to cycle around London for my photo-journalism project ’The State of London’, for which I post a photo and an accompanying essay every two days on Facebook — sometimes dealing with London’s history, sometimes with its current greed, and the housing crisis, and, increasingly, with environmental issues, and for this, as with everything I do, I truly appreciate those of you who enable me to continue all my work as a genuinely independent, reader-funded journalist and activist.

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

Andy Worthington
London
June 12, 2023

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Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer (of an ongoing photo-journalism project, ‘The State of London’), film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose music is available via Bandcamp). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (see the ongoing photo campaign here) and the successful We Stand With Shaker campaign of 2014-15, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison 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 you can watch it online here, via the production company Spectacle, for £2.50).

In 2017, Andy became very involved in housing issues. He is the narrator of the documentary film, ‘Concrete Soldiers UK’, about the destruction of council estates, and the inspiring resistance of residents, he wrote a song ‘Grenfell’, in the aftermath of the entirely preventable fire in June 2017 that killed over 70 people, and, in 2018, he was part of the occupation of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden in Deptford, to try to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats next door — by Lewisham Council and Peabody.

Since 2019, Andy has become increasingly involved in environmental activism, recognizing that climate change poses an unprecedented threat to life on earth, and that the window for change — requiring a severe reduction in the emission of all greenhouse gases, and the dismantling of our suicidal global capitalist system — is rapidly shrinking, as tipping points are reached that are occurring much quicker than even pessimistic climate scientists expected. You can read his articles about the climate crisis here.

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, The Complete Guantánamo Files, 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.

One Response

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote:

    Promoting my latest fundraiser, in which I ask you, if you can, to make a donation to support my work on Guantanamo for the next three months.

    I have no institutional backing, and so am dependent on your generosity to enable me to continue to function as a reader-funded, and truly independent, journalist and activist.

    Over the last three months I’ve been involved in a significant amount of campaigning, as well as writing a number of significant articles about Guantanamo, and with your support I’ll be able to continue this work.

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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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