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CBS' 60 Minutes​ made a powerful case for how Ethel Rosenberg's execution was a shocking miscarriage of justice, in its Oct 16th broadcast. Click here to see Anderson Cooper​'s report, including his heart-wrenching interview with Ethel's sons, and the evidence that the US government falsified the case against Ethel. Then add your name to the brothers' petition at www.rfc.org/ethel asking President Obama to declare their mother's conviction was unjust and her execution was wrongful.

Join Ethel Rosenberg's son and granddaughter for an exoneration campaign call at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific on Thursday, October 20. They'll share our campaign strategy, take questions, and let you know what you can do to clear Ethel's name as they prepare to present the petition to the President later this fall. To join the free call, register in advance here. (If you can’t make the call, register anyway and we’ll send you notes and a link to the recording.)

UPDATE: A recording of the October 20, 2016 campaign call is here.

Filmed in the wake of groundbreaking new evidence indicating Ethel was not a spy and her execution was wrongful, CBS' 60 Minutes will air a story on Sunday, October 16th, featuring interviews with Rosenberg sons Robert and Michael Meeropol and others. The story, which can be previewed here, explores Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s controversial trial and execution for the so-called “crime of the century.” If you’re unable to watch live, the segment will be available on the 60 Minutes website shortly after the broadcast.

On Sep 28. 2015 - what would have been her 100th birthday - Members of the New York City Council issued a proclamation declaring the U.S. government "wrongfully executed Ethel Rosenberg." On Ethel's 101st bday anniversary, her granddaughter explains in the blog here, how that stunning event led to the campaign underway now to seek a similar proclamation from President Obama.

There are hard stories and there are happy ones in the many notes our grantees send us. Read letters from several of them in our Fall Newsletter here.

RFC grants that enable our beneficiaries to visit their loved ones in prison, are among the most meaningful to the recipients. Jenn Meeropol shares some of their stories in the RFC Fall 2016 Newsletter here.

The RFC is pleased to be sponsoring the first Camp Kinderland Arts & Activism Festival on Labor Day weekend. And RFC Executive Director Jenn Meeropol is especially excited to attend, because of all the ways camp has been meaningful in her own life. She shares those memories and connections, and detalis about the festival, in the blog here.

What motivated the Rosenbergs? What would Julius think about the campaign to ‪#‎ExonerateEthel‬? Why are we not trying to exonerate him as well? And why did Julius and Ethel refuse to cooperate with the government, even though threatened with the death penalty? Julius & Ethel's son Robert Meeropol addresses these questions in the blog here.

How would the man who wrote "Strange Fruit" feel about it being used in the trailer for The Birth of a Nation, the upcoming film about the Nat Turner slave rebellion? The writer's son shares his thoughts about that, and about his belief that the song is often mischaracterized, in a blog post (that includes the trailer) here.

Our most recent round of grants is aiding beneficiaries who came to us as a result of the targeting of organizers in the Black Lives Matter and Our Walmart movements, and various other progressive struggles. What's happening to organizers working for social justice is appalling. But thanks to the generous support of RFC contributors, the aid we're able to provide to their kids (and to young activists targeted directly), is making a profound difference to these "children of resistance." Meet the newest members of the RFC community on the RFC blog, here.