Across the United
States, activists are
under attack.

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

...combat racism, poverty and
homophobia...

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

Rosenberg Case Debate in Washington, DC

RFC Advisory Board member, Michael Meeropol, the older son of Julius and Ethel, is the author (with his brother, RFC Founder Robert Meeropol) of We Are Your Sons, a book on his parents’ case and The Rosenberg Letters,  an annotated collection of his parents’ prison correspondence. Sam Roberts, journalist for The New York Times, is the author of The Brother, a book written with exclusive access to David Greenglass, Ethel’s brother, whose testimony almost single-handedly convicted the couple. These two Rosenberg Case experts will debate at the International Spy Museum (800 F St. NW, Wash DC) on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Buy tickets and learn more here: http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/detail/the-rosenbergs/2015-04-21/

Strange Convergence: Billie Holiday & Ethel Rosenberg at 100

Billie Holiday would have turned 100 on April 7, 2015, and Ethel Rosenberg would have reached her centennial later in the year. What did these two have in common, besides their birth year? More than you might think. Discover the commonalities, and learn about the complex back story of "Strange Fruit" (the song that Billie made famous), on the RFC blog.

Ethel Rosenberg at 100 and the RFC at 25

If she were still living, Ethel Rosenberg would turn 100 this year, in the same month that will mark the RFC's 25th anniversary. As part of her reflection on these two milestones, Ethel's granddaugther - RFC Executive Director Jenn Meeropol - has started a series of blogs about Ethel, and about what questions or lessons her experience raises for today, particularly for the RFC and its work with targeted activists. Read the series kick-off here.

RFC Spring Newsletter

The RFC spring newsletter is out! In it you'll find news about the 64 grants we made in our most recent cycle; special RFC 25th anniversary programming planned for 2015; the launch of our endowment campaign; and our most recent Family Gathering, a moving, community-building event from which we share photos, video and a report. Find the full e-newsletter here.

Finding RFC beneficiaries on Hurricane Island

A new novel of political fiction by Ellen Meeropol (mother of RFC Exec Dir Jenn Meeropol) led Jenn to think about what would happen if the book's characters were real people who applied for RFC grants for their children. Learn more about the book and the timely questions it grapples with, on the RFC blog here.

Call to Artists

Art and socially conscious artists, have been integrally linked with the Rosenberg Case and the Rosenberg Fund for Children for decades. As the RFC marks our 25th anniversary, we've issued a call to artists to create a visual image that represents our two and a half decades of celebrating the children of resistance. Get the details on the RFC blog here.

Cuba and the Cuban 5: A Report from the Ground about Recent Big News

The RFC Board Chair was en route to Cuba in December 2014 when news broke of the release of the three members of the Cuban 5 who were still in prison, and the announcement of plans to normalize relations with Cuba. He describes his experience in an interview on the RFC blog here.

RFC office closed 02/09/15

The RFC office will be closed on Monday, February 9th, as a result of a significant snowstorm impacting travel in our area. We expect to reopen February 10th. In the meantime, please reach us by email: www.rfc.org/contactus.

A remembrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

An RFC supporter shares a letter she wrote after seeing RFC founder Robert Meeropol speak at an event around MLK Jr/ Day many years ago, and connecting that experience with her own family's history of working for social justice. This moving remembrance is on the RFC blog here.

Ofc open limited hours Jan 9th

Due to a combination of illness and bad weather, the RFC office will be minimally staffed on Friday, January 9th. We will reopen for normal hours (9-5 Eastern) on Monday, January 12th. For urgent matters in the meantime, please email info@rfc.org and we will respond as soon as possible.

Meet Our Community

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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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