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

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.

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.

Meet Our Community

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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 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

"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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