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

2014 Year-End Report from the Executive Director

Read Jenn Meeropol's report here to learn how our community's support has made an important difference in the lives of the children and youth who've received RFC grants this year: kids whose parents (or in the case of some of our beneficiaries, the young activists themselves) have faced intense repression as they work for an end to police violence, real action on climate change, meaningful reform of our broken immigration system, a living wage for all workers, and other progressive causes.

New Grants for Children of Environmental, Prisoners's Rights, and Human Rights Activists

The RFC just completed awarding our last grants of 2014. In all, seven new grantees joined the our community this fall (five families and two targeted activist youth). This new blog post has the new recipients' powerful stories.

New Grants Help Children With Parents Active In Many Struggles

In the first round of Fall 2014 RFC grants, four new families and one new targeted activist youth have received funding. These new grantees include children of environmental, anti-police brutality and public housing activists. Read more about their dramatic stories on the RFC blog here.

November 20th concert Reunites Seeger Fest Artists

A star-studded concert on Long Island will reunite many of the same artists who performed in this summer's Seeger Fest, to celebrate the 84th birthday of musician and activist David Amram. Get the full story - as well as reflections on how these and other artists connected to the RFC are using their platforms to work for social justice - on the blog, here.

Rosenberg Letters and Greenglass Death

People from across the country and around the world communicated with Jenn Meeropol about her recent visit to an exhibit of her grandparents' letters, and the death of her grandmother's brother, David Greenglass. She shares some of the comments she found striking on the RFC blog here.

Newly Discovered Rosenberg Prison Letters Made Public

The past two weeks have been powerful for Jenn Meeropol and her family. First, they attended the opening of an exhibit at Boston University of items drawn from an archive of Rosenberg Case memorabilia that includes newly-discovered letters from her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Then, just a few days later, the media announced that Ethel's brother, David Greenglass - whose testimony included statements that condemned Jenn's grandmother, but which he later admitted were false - had died at the age of 92. Read Jenn's and her father and uncle's reactions to these events on the RFC blog here.

Rosenberg Sons' Statement on Death of Maternal Uncle, David Greenglass

Upon the news of the death of Ethel Rosenberg's brother, David Greenglass, Julius and Ethel's sons Robert and Michael Meeropol, issued the statement available on the Press Releases page here.

Grants Ease Separations, Allow Beneficiaries to Flourish

The start of Autumn has Executive Director Jenn Meeropol reflecting on her years as granting coordinator; and sharing painful and inspiring updates from RFC grantees. Read more in her latest blog post here.

The Unity Concert for The Black Hills Initiative

The Unity Concert for the Black Hills Initiative was an unprecedented gathering of Native and non-native elders, artists, activists and allies in South Dakota on Sep 13-14, 2014. Participants had come together to support an initiative by the local tribes to sway the U.S. government to return control of The Black Hills region to the Lakota people, from whom it seized the land in the late 1800’s in violation of legally binding treaties. RFC representatives attended and report on the event here.

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.

Meet Our Community

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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

"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

"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

"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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