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

Ethel at 100: fear of the "strong woman/weak man"

In her continuing tribute to her grandmother Ethel Rosenberg (in Ethel's centennial year) Jenn Meeropol has just posted her 4th 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.

The first three blogs explored housewives, communists in the kitchen, and representations of women in magazines. This one tackles the media and popular culture's alarm at the time of the Rosenbergs' arrest, over the idea of strong women being in charge of anything other than a family's kitchen and children...and illustrates how this alarm helped doom Jenn's grandmother.

June 19, 2015: the 62nd Anniversary of the Rosenbergs' Executions

On Friday, June 19th, 1953, despite massive, worldwide protests, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed in Sing Sing Prison. On this 62nd anniversary of that tragic day, their granddaughter, Jenn Meeropol, has this message with the RFC community, and shares video of Angela Davis, Eve Ensler and Cotter Smith presenting the Rosenbergs' last letters to Jenn's father and uncle, ages six and 10 at the time of their parents' deaths.

June 16-19, 1953

The final 4 days of the Rosenbergs' lives - June 16-19, 1953 - are chronicled in 4 short videos featuring Rosenberg sons Robby and Michael recalling their last visit with their parents on death row, narration from Angela Davis, and Eve Ensler and Cotter Smith reading the heart-wrenching letters that Ethel and Julius wrote to the boys over those last, fateful days. One new video will be posted here each day from June 16-19th.

Ethel Rosenberg & the "Ideal Woman" of the 1950s

As they still do today, women's magazines of the 1950s were selling a very specific representation of femininity. They focused on a post-war idealization of the family and kitchen, presenting images of smiling children, happy homemakers, and chipper dogs. These publications were clearly pushing their female readers towards certain models of behavior, and away from others. How did these influences affect the public's views of Ethel Rosenberg at the time of her arrest? Read about that on the RFC blog.

Seven New Grantees Join RFC Community

Seven new grantees received RFC support for the first time this spring. They include five families, one targeted activist youth, and one group that serves children ages 6-18. The awards will aid a child whose parent was fired for organizing her fellow workers; a child whose family has been threatened because of his parents' environmental activism; the grandchild of a former political prisoner now living in exile outside the U.S.; and a youth group serving Lakota children in Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Learn more about what these children and their families have endured and what vital services RFC grants will provide, on the RFC blog here.

RFC Sponsors Workers Unite! Film Festival in NYC in May

Some of the Rosenberg Fund for Children’s earliest grantees were children whose parents faced targeting because they were labor organizers. Twenty-five years on, we’re still helping kids whose parents have been fired, harassed, or otherwise attacked because they’re standing up for the rights and dignity of their fellow workers. So it's with solidarity and pride that we're supporting the 4th annual Workers Unite! Film Festival running throughout New York City from May 7-27, 2015. Get the details on our blog here.

Communists in the Kitchen?

While the thought of communists focusing an attack on American kitchens might seem absurd today, such fears had been ginned up by the media and other entities in the early 1950's, and contributed to the general public's harsh perception of Ethel Rosenberg at the time of her arrest and prosecution. Take a closer look at the forces at play during that time, in the "Communists in the Kitchen" blog post here.

Rosenberg Case Debate in Washington, DC

RFC Advisory Board member, Michael Meeropol, the older son of Julius and Ethel, is the author (with his brother, RFC Founder Robert Meeropol) of We Are Your Sons, a book on his parents’ case and The Rosenberg Letters,  an annotated collection of his parents’ prison correspondence. Sam Roberts, journalist for The New York Times, is the author of The Brother, a book written with exclusive access to David Greenglass, Ethel’s brother, whose testimony almost single-handedly convicted the couple. These two Rosenberg Case experts will debate at the International Spy Museum (800 F St. NW, Wash DC) on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Buy tickets and learn more here: http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/detail/the-rosenbergs/2015-04-21/

Strange Convergence: Billie Holiday & Ethel Rosenberg at 100

Billie Holiday would have turned 100 on April 7, 2015, and Ethel Rosenberg would have reached her centennial later in the year. What did these two have in common, besides their birth year? More than you might think. Discover the commonalities, and learn about the complex back story of "Strange Fruit" (the song that Billie made famous), on the RFC blog.

Ethel Rosenberg at 100 and the RFC at 25

If she were still living, Ethel Rosenberg would turn 100 this year, in the same month that will mark the RFC's 25th anniversary. As part of her reflection on these two milestones, Ethel's granddaugther - RFC Executive Director Jenn Meeropol - has started a series of blogs about Ethel, and about what questions or lessons her experience raises for today, particularly for the RFC and its work with targeted activists. Read the series kick-off here.

Meet Our Community

"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

"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)

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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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