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: anti-Semitism & the Rosenberg case

In her continuing tribute to her grandmother Ethel Rosenberg (in Ethel's centennial year) Jenn Meeropol has just posted her 5th 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. This blog is a bit of a departure from the series' previous focus on gender dynamics as Jenn turns from a discussion of housewives, communists, representations of women in magazines, and fear of weak men and strong women, to an issue that affected both her grandparents: anti-Semitism. Did you know the CIA suggested the Rosenbergs should be used as part of a “psychological warfare campaign designed to split world communism on the Jewish issue”? Read more here
 

Tix on Sale Now for 25th Anniversary "Artists as Activists" Celebration Oct 17

Artists were and are some of the staunchest supporters of Ethel and Julius, the Rosenberg/Meeropol family, and the RFC. For that reason, and because of the role art plays in many of our beneficiaries' lives, we are marking our 25th anniversary with an evening celebrating Artists as Activists with Gina Belafonte, Erin McKeown, Ellen Meeropol, the A Besere Velt Workmen's Circle Yiddish Chorus and others. Tickets are on sale now! Visit the event page for more details.

#ExonerateEthel - Rosenberg Sons' NY Times Op-Ed

Robert and Michael Meeropol have written a powerful op-ed about their parents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, that appears in the New York Times today (August 10th). In the wake of last month's release of the grand jury testimony of David Greenglass, they call for President Obama to exonerate their mother, and also reflect on what this new information tells them about my grandfather's activities.

Please consider asking your local paper to republish it, commenting on it on the Times' website, and joining the call to #ExonerateEthel that we're putting out via the RFC's Facebook page at facebook.com/rosenbergfundforchildren, and on Twitter and Instagram @wwwrfcorg.

Gathering to Combat Isolation

Last August the RFC held a Family Gathering for targeted activists and their school-age kids who receive grants from us. Along with the prison visits we fund, these events are our most powerful community-building tool. In the video on the RFC blog here, Angela Davis and some of those activist parents of our beneficiaries, talk about the importance to them and their kids of this chance to bond with others who are experiencing repression.

BREAKING ROSENBERG CASE NEWS: Shocking Grand Jury testimony of chief prosecution witness, David Greenglass, released to the public

The National Security Archives has released the Grand Jury testimony of David Greenglass, brother of Ethel Rosenberg and chief prosecution witness whose testimony - along with his wife Ruth - condemned Ethel and Julius to the electric chair. It's stunning and clearly demonstrates that David fabricated the damning evidence later presented against both of them. See all the details, including the reaction by Robert Meeropol (young son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, nephew of David Greenglass), here. #DavidLied #ExonerateEthel #2bigstories #RosenbergCase

Celebrate the RFC's 25th with these exciting artists!

2015 is the RFC’s 25th anniversary year. This extraordinary project—which only exists because of the generosity of tens of thousands of concerned people—has grown from funding summer camp for two children of a political prisoner in our first round of grants, to our plan to award $370,000 in 2015 to help hundreds of kids across the U.S. who are living through similar nightmares to what founder Robert Meeropol and his brother experienced as children. An accomplishment this impressive merits an equally special celebration, and we've got it for you: get all the details here.

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.

Meet Our Community

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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

"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 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

"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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