Our government's policies have torn sobbing children from their parents at our borders, and also in other places, like prison walls. The headlines about the former reminded one former RFC beneficiary of her personal experience with the latter. She shared her painful memories, and her outrage, in the guest blog here.
Last week the award-winning Angels in America on Broadway revival closed, more than a quarter century after it first took the theater world by storm. Amazingly, Jenn Meeropol had never seen Tony Kushner's eight hour opus in which her grandmother Ethel Rosenberg, and Ethel's nemesis Roy Cohn, are important characters. Never, that is, until she attended a performance in New York City last month. Jenn was deeply moved, including in a way she hadn't anticipated. Read about her experience on the RFC blog here.
"Holding children hostage in terrifying and harmful situations in order to punish parents or to try to win political battles is not new. It’s a shameful part of our country’s history. But resisting these injustices is also part of our heritage." Jenn Meeropol - the granddaughter of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg and the executive director of this organization that helps the children of activists today, including immigrants' rights organizers, who've been targeted because of their progressive activities - blogs here about her very personal relationship to the separation of children and parents in politically charged circumstances.
On today’s anniversary of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's executions, their granddaughter is thinking about two-year-old Angel and his big brother Bryan, children of undocumented immigrants who don’t understand why they can’t live with both parents anymore...and what the Rosenberg Fund for Children is doing to help them. Learn their story here.
There is a small but distinct set of people in the U.S., whose stories are not widely known: the family members of our country's longest held political prisoners.
One of them (who's received RFC grants for many years) has written a guest blog for us. She's a remarkable teenager whose grandfather's decades-long incarceration has spanned her whole life (and beyond). We think you'll be moved by her powerful story here.
Our Spring 2018 newsletter reports on a beautiful, woke, weekend full of love with several dozen of our beneficiaries; Executive Director Jenn Meeropol's thoughts on the new tax reform bill's implications; a preview of upcoming events around the country with activist artists; the announcement of a Tony-nominated actress who's joined the Advisory Board; and the stories of the young activists and children of activists who received grants in our most recent cycle. Read the newsletter here.
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For people who have been gone for almost 65 years, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg turn up a lot…and in some surprising ways. In connection to Donald Trump, a 1970s rock star, a re-imagined 1950s cartoon character, or a modern dance troupe in North Carolina, these are just a few of near-constant mentions of the iconic couple in today's news and pop culture explored in the blog here.
Are you a baby boomer who is now required to make annual, Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from your 401(k) or 403(b) retirement account? These distributions are taxed as income, but they become tax-deductible if they are donated to the RFC.
Did you know that the charitable gift tax-deduction benefit is at risk in the proposed new tax plan, thus RFC donors who can afford to give stock may have one, final opportunity, before the turn of the year, to receive the maximum tax benefit by giving vastly appreciated stock which the RFC can sell without paying any tax to the Trumpites? Robert Meeropol explains more about how both donors and the RFC can benefit before potential changes in tax law take affect, in the blog here.
We're halfway through awarding our fall grants, and so far we're on track to fund more new applicants than we have in the last five years: a clear sign that there's both fierce resistance happening in our community, and fierce repression. The new grantees' stories described in the blog here are harrowing, but also inspiring.