Across the United
States, activists are
under attack.

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

...combat racism, poverty and

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

Guest blog from an RFC beneficiary

A recent college grad who received RFC grants while he was in school, reflects on the fact that the financial support was hugely important, but some of the other things he gained by being part of the RFC community, have had an even more significant impact on his life. Learn what it was that influenced him so profoundly, in his guest post on the RFC blog.

See our "Art, Activism & the RFC" film

On October 17th, artists, activists, and members of the RFC community from around the country came together to celebrate 25 years of our work supporting the children of resistance. The evening spotlighted "Artists as Activists" and the many ways that art has been woven into the history of the RFC and the Rosenberg/Meeropol family.  Gina Belafonte, Erin McKeown, Ellen Meeropol, and the A Besere Velt chorus were part of the live event. We also premiered a short film we produced with RFC Advisory Board members Angela Davis, Holly Near, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Mike + Ruthy, and Peter Mulvey; plus Pamela Means, The Nields, and my father (RFC founder, Robert Meeropol), talking about the intersection of art and activism, which you can view on the RFC blog here.

Jenn Meeropol, on Ethel Rosenberg's 100th Birthday

The week of Ethel Rosenberg's centennial has been momentous. In her final blog in a series reflecting on her grandmother at this milestone, RFC executive director Jenn Meeropol shares her thoughts on why issues that impacted Ethel's arrest, trial, and conviction, are still highly relevant for the activist families the RFC is helping today. Read Jenn's blog here for the details.

Two Honors Bestowed on Ethel Rosenberg in NYC on 100th Birthday, Sep 28

On September 28, 2015, the 100th anniversary of Ethel Rosenberg's birthday, she received two posthumous honors from New York City (where she lived her entire life, until being sent to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY, where she was executed). In a ceremony on the steps of City Hall, New York City Council Members gathered with three generations of Ethel's descendants, to issue a stunning proclamation in her honor, noting among other things, that the "government wrongfully executed" her. In addition, Gale Brewer, the Manhattan Borough President, proclaimed it to be "Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice in the Borough of Manhattan." Visit the the RFC Press Releases page and our social media for full text of the proclamations, statements from Rosenberg sons Robert and Michael Meeropol, and more.

New York City Council to Honor Ethel Rosenberg on September 28

On Monday, September 28th, the 100th anniversary of Ethel Rosenberg's birth, the New York City Council issue a public proclamation honoring her, in a ceremony on the steps of New York's City Hall, at 11:00 am. The public and press are invited to attend. Members of the Meeropol/Rosenberg family will be present and will take questions. More details

Phone Outage, September 25th

ALERT: As of the afternoon of Friday, September 25th, we are experiencing a phone outage and are unsure when it will be resolved. Please email all media inquiries to, and all other inquiries to

Two Exciting New Additions to our Advisory Board!

Many prominent artists and activists, from Pete Seeger to Angela Davis and many others, have supported the RFC since its founding. And just as we're involving a new generation of contributors in our work, so, too, are we connecting with artists and activists of the current era, to stand with today's targeted activists. We welcome two of them to our Advisory Board; details are on the RFC blog.

The RFC is hiring!

We have two job openings: a part-time full charge bookkeeper and full-time granting coordinator. If you want to work for peace & justice and help us save the world (or at least make life better for some great families), learn more about these employment opportunities here.

25th Anniversary Newsletter Features New Look & Lots of Info

Reflections on our first 25 years, snapshots of beneficiaries "then and now," major Rosenberg Case news, details on our anniversary event happening on October 17th, Ethel Rosenberg at 100, and the unveiling of a new concept for the RFC's logo, website, and other communications materials...all in our 25th anniversary edition of CARRY IT FORWARD, the RFC's newsletter, here.

Ethel at 100: anti-Semitism & the Rosenberg case

In her continuing tribute to her grandmother Ethel Rosenberg (in Ethel's centennial year) Jenn Meeropol has just posted her 5th blog in a series which explores how the popular press, the prosecution, the defense, supporters, politicians, and the highly charged political and cultural climate influenced how people perceived Ethel then and now. This blog is a bit of a departure from the series' previous focus on gender dynamics as Jenn turns from a discussion of housewives, communists, representations of women in magazines, and fear of weak men and strong women, to an issue that affected both her grandparents: anti-Semitism. Did you know the CIA suggested the Rosenbergs should be used as part of a “psychological warfare campaign designed to split world communism on the Jewish issue”? Read more here

Meet Our Community

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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

"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

"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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