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Ethel's family, and tens of thousands who supported the campaign for her exoneration, watched the clock tick down to the end of Barack Obama's presidency, hoping that in his final hours he would act to exonerate Ethel. When that didn't happen, her sons Robert and Michael released the statement here, about what this campaign did achieve.
On Thursday, December 1, 2016 Robert and Michael Meeropol will appear at the White House gates (as they did 63 years ago) to ask President Obama to exonerate their mother. Evidence shows their mother was wrongfully convicted and executed. Learn more here.
On November 25, 2016, The Boston Globe published a stunning, full-page editorial calling on President Obama to take action to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg. The editorial noted, "Ethel Rosenberg was not a spy...what happened to Ethel Rosenberg, wrongly branded as a traitor and sent to her death because of her political beliefs, should haunt America.
Throughout his tenure, Obama has shown extraordinary compassion to hundreds of men and women by commuting their harsh sentences; it is time for him to bestow on Ethel Rosenberg a similar act of presidential mercy and historical reparation." Read the full editorial here.
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.