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

RFC Fall Newsletter Preview

The Summer/Fall 2014 Newsletter is now online and in the mail. It contains a report on the RFC's involvement in Seeger Fest, an article on exciting new Advisory Board members including ChuckD, a preview of upcoming RFC events around the country, and more. Check it out here.

Gatherings: The Heart of the RFC

Two weeks ago, the 2014 Family Gathering wrapped up. RFC Granting Coordinator, Julie Johnson, reflects on what the event meant to participants, on the RFC blog here.

Support for Ferguson

Many in the RFC community are outraged and anguished over the brutal deaths of so many people at the hands of our police, an epidemic brought sharply into focus with the recent killings in New York City, Ferguson, MO and Los Angeles. The hyper-aggressive, warlike response by police forces to citizens who are rightfully - and lawfully - protesting these travesties and the systemic racism and violence behind them is appalling. RFC founder Robert Meeropol, is one of those who has been speaking out for some time against this increasing militarization of our domestic police forces. The powerful blog he wrote about this trend back in July of 2012 has been reposted here.

Book of Political Prisoner's Art to Benefit RFC

RFC founder Robert Meeropol's relationship with political prisoner Tom Manning book-ended Robert's time as leader of the Fund: Tom's children were part of the group of kids whose experience in the 1980's caused Robert to start the RFC; and writing the preface to "For Love and Liberty," a just-published collection of photos of Tom's paintings, was the first project Robert completed after retiring from the helm of the Fund last fall. Learn more about this beautiful new publication on the RFC blog here.

2014 Family Gathering Kicks Off

50 parents and children from more than a dozen RFC beneficiary families are traveling from around the country to western MA for the 2014 Family Gathering. The event will feature four days of community building, cultural workshops and recreation with RFC staff, Board members and peer leaders - young adults (and former RFC grant recipients) who are coming to mentor the younger children at this week's event.

5-Day Seeger Fest Steps off July 17th, Includes Livestreaming 7/20

The 5-day, multi-city Seeger Fest, honoring Pete & Toshi Seeger and created by their grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, with help from Gina Belafonte (daughter of Harry), runs July 17-21 in sites around NY state and New York City. The line-up of 200+ artists is incredible. Programming includes concerts, film, photos, dancing, rowing and more. All events are free and most are outside. The RFC is proud to be one of the sponsors, as Pete and Toshi were long-time Rosenberg family supporters and original RFC Advisory Board members. We're also excited to announce a drawing for a hand fan signed by some of the Seeger Fest performers - info is on our blog, here.

Poignant Memories of June 19th Pour in to the RFC

Jenn Meeropol was very moved by the many stories people sent her of either being in NYC on June 19, 1953 or of learning about her grandparents, some times decades later, from their own parents or other family members. She shares some of these poignant memories on the RFC blog here.

June 19, 2014

Jenn Meeropol's grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed on June 19th, 1953. On the 61st anniversary of that date, she comments on that powerful legacy, in the blog post here.

Carrying it Forward at Left Forum 2014

Left Forum 2014 was a thrumming beehive of discourse about progressive movements across the U.S. and around the globe and the RFC was in the midst of it screening our CARRY IT FORWARD film and connecting with progressive organizations and activists. Get a full report on our blog, here.

RFC Sponsors Seeger Fest

We're thrilled to announce our sponsorship of Seeger Fest, a free, five day festival of events this summer in New York City and upstate, honoring Pete and Toshi Seeger, and organized by one of their grandsons. Get all the details on our blog, here!

Meet Our Community

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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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