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.