Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher and Kevin Gosztola drove up to Loretto, Pennsylvania this past weekend to pay another visit to imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou. While they were there, they asked if there was anything else we could do to help him and his family through this difficult time.
John told us that they are struggling to make their mortgage payments now that they must rely on only one source of income. They need help coming up with about $1,500 each month to be able to make their full mortgage payments. Without it, they could be in danger of losing their home.
The FDL community has been organizing in support of John and his family for months, and with your help, we’re hoping to raise that $1,500 each month to make sure the Kiriakous can stay in their home.
The loss of their home would be an incredible blow to the Kiriakou family. John has five children, some of whom are so young they don’t fully understand the situation and have asked their father if he’s working at the prison or if he’s an inmate.
But this is just a fraction of the price whistleblowers like John have had to pay to expose government waste, fraud and abuse. Worse yet, they rarely see support in return for their brave public service. As Jane wrote in her excellent piece yesterday, “Many have lost everything — marriages, jobs, homes, relationships with friends and family, have risked jail (and in some cases gone to jail) — as a result of decisions they made to become whistleblowers.”
But we can help ease the Kiriakous’ burden. Our dedicated community of supporters already rose to the occasion to raise the money necessary to send two of his five young children to summer camp. We’ve organized activists in support of his bid to be transferred to a halfway house closer to home, attending congressional offices in DC and across the nation to encourage representatives to write letters to the BOP on his behalf. The Kiriakous are tremendously grateful for your generosity, which has given them all some small relief amidst the extreme turbulence brought on by John’s prosecution and imprisonment.
Please consider making a contribution $10 or more to help the Kiriakous make their monthly mortgage payments. Thank you in advance for your support.