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The RFC office will be closed from August 14-18. We'll resume regular hours on Monday, August 21.

The RFC office will be closed on August 3-4 so that we can host our grantees for an off-site Gathering. We'll return to normal office hours on Monday, August 7th. For urgent needs in the meantime, email info@rfc.org.

In the first of what we hope will be a series of short video profiles of our community, we’re delighted to feature artist, activist and RFC Board member, Pamela Means. Pamela is a gifted singer/songwriter and jazz musician, who often addresses raw and pressing social issues in her music. She's delivered show-stopping performances of "Strange Fruit" and her own original material in RFC events; check out both in the video here.

On the anniversary of the Rosenbergs' execution - just three days after President Trump announced new restrictions on U.S. relations with Cuba - the RFC's Communications Director wrote about her complicated emotions during her recent visit to the memorial to Ethel and Julius in Havana. Read her thoughts and add your own about, "how fear and idealism, and the actions taken on battlefields, in ballot boxes, and in courtrooms, affect people’s lives for generations," on the RFC blog here.

On the 64th anniversary of the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, their granddaughter Jenn Meeropol describes in the blog here how their influence, as well as that of the couple who adopted her father and uncle, is reflected in the work of the Rosenberg Fund for Children today. 

How do parents’ political or activist choices impact how their children see the world? Does being the child of someone who faced repression for their political choices make you more or less likely to make similar choices yourself? Can you be angry at a parent for the impact of their actions while also proud of their commitment? In her blog here, RFC Executive Director Jenn Meeropol explores how Kinship of Clover, a new novel by her mother - author and RFC Advisory Board member Ellen Meeropol - addresses these questions (which are intertwined with the RFC 's work as well).

The RFC awarded $190,000 this spring, including grants to seven new recipient families and youth. The first-time beneficiaries include the children in the three families profiled in the blog here, who have experienced truly shocking repression in retaliation for the parents' activism.

Children whose parents have been targeted for their activism to abolish prisons, combat racism, and end female genital mutilation, received first-time grants from the RFC this spring. Learn what these families have endured and how RFC support will help their kids, in the blog here.

A recent plan by New York State threatened to drastically curtail prison visiting hours. The RFC knows how vital these visits are both for those on the inside and also for their families, especially children, on the outside. The RFC blog here illustrates how members of the RFC community have benefited from our grants that help make these visits happen.

Radical attorney and former political prisoner Lynne Stewart Lynne was a relentless fighter for justice, and a long-time friend of the Rosenberg/Meeropol family and the RFC. We share our remembrance of this remarkable person, who passed away on March 7th, in the blog here.