My name is Harry Leslie Smith. Harry Leslie Smith Wikipedia
My life is at eventide because I will be 95 in February 2018. For close to one hundred years, I have witnessed humanity at its best and worst. And right now in this present age, mankind is in one of its most difficult stages. It’s why I need your help today, so that I can complete the last great challenge of my existence before old age consumes me. I am one of the last few remaining voices left from a generation of men and women who built a better society for our children and grandchildren out of the horrors of the Second World War as well as the hunger of the Great Depression. Sadly, that world my generation helped build on a foundation of decency and fair play is being swept away by neo liberalism and the greed of the 1% which has brought discord around the globe. Today, the western world stands at it’s most dangerous juncture since the 1930s.
So, before my time dwindles down to a few precious moments, I want to travel to as many refugee hot spots as possible in Europe, North America and possibly Australia to document this preventable tragedy that may lead us to another war as gruesome as the one I helped fight against Hitler over 70 years ago. I want to turn my research, my impressions, my outrage and passion into a book that can help shake people from their complacency. Moreover, while I am in the field, researching my new book on the refugee crisis; I also want to be podcasting, writing and tweeting from these camps of despair. I know that my advanced age, activism over the last decade and use of social media can make this tour and this book an important rallying cry to help end the Refugee crisis or at least start a sincere dialogue to mitigate the suffering of vulnerable people, everwhere. My twitter feed has over 123k followers. Harry's Last Stand Twitter , so I know I can communicate and reach people.
Your help not only guarantees the success of my new book but it will ensure that I can continue expanding the reach of my podcast which speaks out against austerity, neo liberalism and the death of the welfare state at the hands of the entitled. It already has over 60k listens. Harry's Last Stand Podcast
Over my close to one hundred years of life, I have witnessed or participated in the great and terrible events that shaped the 20th century. Those impressions will not die with me because I have delivered my memories of those turning points in our collective history in the five books I have already written including the much praised Harry's Last Stand, Love Among the Ruins and my latest Don't Let My Past Be Your Future. In those works, I have laid bare the tragedies and struggles of my early life, so that the extreme poverty I experienced as a child won't be repeated in the 21st century. During my tenth decade of life; I have traveled the length and breadth of Britain and Canada to speak to audiences of all sizes about their responsibilities as citizens to not let society fall again into the clutches of demagogues. Most of my speaking tours have been funded from my old age pension as well as the small royalty fees I receive as a writer. However, this new project I am undertaking will need close to 18 months to complete and much travel which is beyond my abilities to fund alone. Moreover, I do not wish to leave debt to my family when I am gone because of my activism endevours. So, I am asking you to help share my burden of informing the ordinary citizens of this nation about the dire consequences that will occur if we do not attend to the refugee crisis, the scourge of demagoguery in modern politics as well as the growing inequalities between rich and poor citizens in all countries of the world. You have my thanks for reading my appeal. Please know that what ever I receive from you, I will make sure that this last great task of my life will be a fitting testament to my generation’s commitment to leaving the world a better place. Thank You, Harry.
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