Across the United
States, activists are
under attack.

They're struggling to wage peace,
preserve civil liberties, safeguard
the environment...

...combat racism, poverty and

and organize on behalf of immigrants,
prisoners, workers & others whose
lives are under threat.

Children in this country are suffering
right now because their parents
who are involved in social justice
movements have been the targets
of harsh repression.

With your help, the RFC can support and nurture the vulnerable children of these courageous families.

About the RFC

The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, public foundation that makes grants to aid children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. We also assist youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities. Donations to the RFC are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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RFC News

A Grantee's Alternative Spring Break

How might a college student who's grown up in an activist family and received RFC support spend her spring break? Like this young woman, perhaps:

RFC not at risk from Heartbleed vulnerability

As news about the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability spreads, we want our supporters to know that the RFC site, including our online donation portal hosted by Network for Good, is not affected.

Grants Support Grand Jury Resister, Torture Survivors and Occupy Activists

We’re in the midst of our spring granting cycle at the RFC. We’ve made our first of two sets of awards. Already, three families and one targeted activist youth have joined our community as new grant recipients. Read about them on the RFC blog, here.

Why I've served on the RFC Board for Almost Two Decades

Rafael Rodríguez Cruz, current Chair of the RFC Board of Directors, explains in this guest blog what has kept his commitment to the organization so strong for the 17 years he's been involved.

Families reunited, parents' activism honored, grants top $5 million

These stories and more in the just-out spring edition of our CARRY IT FORWARD Newsletter.

Spring Grant Applications Due March 21

Are you a progressive activist who's been targeted, and also a parent, or under age 25 yourself? You or your kids might qualify for our assistance via a grant to help with educational and emotional needs. (Grant recipients must be living in the U.S. and be under age 25.) Applications are available here.

Finding Community in Difference

A selection by her personal book group, got Jenn Meeropol thinking about how activist families (parents, children and young adults) find common ground and build meaningful community via their RFC connections, despite enormous differences. She's writes about it on the RFC blog, here.

RFC Pays tribute to Advisory Board member Pete Seeger

The RFC has created a tribute video to our dear friend and original Advisory Board member Pete Seeger. It features Pete and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, performing at our 10th Anniversary Gala. See the video and read Jenn and Robert Meeropol's memories of Pete, on our blog, here.

CARRY IT FORWARD film premiere 1/14, 3pm, Northampton, MA

Sunday, 1/12/14, 3 pm: premiere screening of 90-minute CARRY IT FORWARD: Celebrate the Children of Resistance. This film presents a condensed version of the June 2013 theatrical event starrring Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, and others that commemorated the 60th anniversary of Ethel and Julius Rosenbergs’ executions.

CARRY IT FORWARD film premiere Jan 12, 2014

Join the RFC for the premiere of the 90-minute film version of the CARRY IT FORWARD event that starred Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, Robert, Jenn and Michael Meeropol, and others and commemorated the 60th annviersary of the executions of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Sunday, January 12, 2014, in Northampton, MA. Details at

Meet Our Community

"We were so excited when we learned that you had decided to give grants for our music lessons. It has been difficult to pay for them since our father lost his job. Thank you for recognizing how our dad was singled out for his stand against war, and for realizing music's importance to our family."

-RFC beneficiary siblings

"Thank you for making it possible for our family to attend the Children of Resistance commemoration. We are proud to be part of the RFC's 'beloved community'. Thanks again for your support, material and spiritual."

-Targeted activist parent of RFC beneficiaries

"Thank you for the grant to cover my son's academic & sports activities. As I'm sure you know, it is difficult working for social change. To me, the grant is a gift and a form of validation and encouragement."

-Targeted activist parent

"What the RFC does is totally unique, lending financial and in many ways spiritual support to the people who lay everything on the line for the betterment of our world.  It gives us a great sense of pride to be aligned with such a noble and vital organization."

-Mike & Ruthy Merenda, , RFC Advisory Board members

"As an artist committed to social justice and civil liberties, I am deeply gratified to stand with the family of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Angela Davis, and a new generation of political activists to forge an unbreakable link between the struggles of the past and of the present."

-Eve Ensler, RFC Advisory Board member

"In the 1950's my father went to jail for being a member of the Communist Party. As a teenaged girl it was important to know that someone outside our own family cared what happened to us, knew that we needed emotional as well as some financial support. I know from my experience that the work you are doing is very important."

-RFC supporter

"Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist."

-Angela Davis, RFC Advisory Board member

"Thank you for the grant you gave me. I hate that my father is in prison, but I'm glad there's an organization like you who not only understands, but goes even further to help."

-RFC beneficiary

"I want to express my thanks to the RFC for granting me a Carry It Forward award. Books are so expensive. The grant has really helped, so I can not worry and focus on my activism!"

-Targeted activist youth RFC beneficiary

"At this time of economic havoc and as an 83 yr old living on a fixed income, I had to make some painful decisions about how I would allocate my donations. The one thing I did not have to think twice about was my commitment to the RFC, to which I had been one of the original donors."

-RFC Supporter

"RFC is exactly what we need to do in other realms of our organizing- building long term infrastructure that makes it EASIER for ordinary people to be in the movement, to have relationships while they are in the movement, to have a fulfilling life while they are in the movement, and so on..."

-Member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

"My daughters have suffered in silence throughout our ordeal. Even so, they have been our unrelenting cheerleaders. Your organization's generosity will allow them to be kids again."

-Targeted activist parent
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