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.
When Ethel Rosenberg was executed, her sons were just 6 and 10 years old. New evidence shows she was not a spy. This Mother's Day, join her sons' campaign to finally get justice for their mother. Share this Facebook video about the campaign and ask your friends to sign the petition calling on President Obama to exonerate Ethel, at www.rfc.org/ethel.
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More than 5700 people have signed the petition calling on President Obama to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg. On Tuesday, April 26 at 8 pm Eastern time, Ethel's son Robert Meeropol and granddaughter Jenn Meeropol will discuss the shocking, recent developments in the Rosenberg Case that prompted the family to start the petition. They'll share backstory about why they are focused on Ethel but not Julius. They'll explain why this campaign is important today, what strategies are coming up to expand it, and how you can help. And they'll take questions from listeners. To join the call you must register in advance by clicking here to get directions on how to dial in. After the call, all who registered will receive notes from the discussion and a link to an audio recording. So even if you can’t join the call live, register now to receive this firsthand information from Robert and Jenn Meeropol.
Many prominent individuals have served on the RFC Advisory Board over the years, including in memoriam members Pete & Toshi Seeger, Studs Terkel, Adrienne Rich, Ossie Davis, Ronnie Gilbert, and Richie Havens. Well-known present members include Angela Davis, Susan Sarandon, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Holly Near, Ed Asner, and Mandy Patinkin, among others. But whether or not they’re household names, all members of the RFC’s Advisory Board have powerful credentials and do exciting work in different realms. Here are short profiles of several of them.
In a huge outpouring of support, more than 4300 people to date have signed the petition calling on President Obama to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg. But many have asked why just Ethel, and not Julius, too? The Rosenbergs' son, Robert Meeropol, answers that question in a guest blog, here.
Sign the petition, read about the extraordinary recent developments that led to this effort; hear about our wonderful 25th anniversary event celebrating "Artists as Activists" and an exciting new addition to our Advisory Board; and find stories of how our most recent grants are helping the kids we support, and more, here.
Combining parenting and activism – and in many cases, making art – is at the heart of our project, but it’s not an easy road. Blending two, or even three of these elements, presents challenges, some of which the RFC meets with our grants. But integrating these roles is centrally important to many members of our community, from the targeted activists whose children receive our aid, to artists who are connected with us in various ways. Some of their thoughts on why they’ve chosen to blend activism, parenting, and in some cases, artistic careers, despite the pressures and risks, are on the RFC blog, here.