RFC News

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.

Join progressive singer-songwriter Jean Rohe for an intimate, solo house concert to benefit the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

  • Sat., November 4th
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Watertown, MA (private residence near Mt. Auburn & Common St.)
  • Contact info@rfc.org or (413) 529-0063 for address and to reserve a spot
  • $25 suggested donation at the door (no advanced tix)

RFC Executive Director Jenn Meeropol - the granddaughter of Ethel Rosenberg - will speak briefly about the RFC's work.

In our latest newsletter, you'll find info on this year's Art & Activism themed events, including several coming up this fall; our Executive Director's reflections on reaching her 10-year anniversary at the RFC; stories of the activist families whose kids we're helping; and more. Get all the details here.

"Soul-nourishing...beautiful, woke, full of love weekend...moved me in ways I could not imagine."

These are just a few of the reactions from participants in a recent event that brought RFC grant recipients together for several days of creative cultural activities and community building. Get a glimpse of this profound event through the participants' eyes. The blog here highlights some of their words about how powerful it was for them to meet others who share the experience of being the children of targeted activists.

This interactive workshop open to adults and older children and led by visual artist Sophia Dawson, will introduce people to political prisoners, and explore the questions: what makes someone a political prisoner? Who are some of the U.S. held political prisoners? How can we support them? How can we use visual art to share their story?

The session will include video and other information about U.S. political prisoners, and give an opportunity for participants to interact with correspondence to and from several of these incarcerated individuals as part of Dawson's ongoing body of work around this issue, including her Paper Planes project, which strives to create 800 planes to represent the number of years political prisoners from the black liberation movement have been collectively incarcerated.

6:30 pm, Aug 24, in the office of the Rosenberg Fund for Children: Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 348, Easthampton, MA. Free but pre-registration is required: rfc.org/tobefree.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, Climbing Poetree, The Love Experiment, and Sophia Dawson are coming to Easthampton, MA for a free "Art & Activism" themed festival this Saturday, August 26th!

The Rosenberg Fund for Children is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this edition of the Millpond.Live festival in Millside Park (2 Ferry St., Easthampton). We hope you'll join us for this multimedia journey incorporating music, spoken word, video and visual art in a conversation about pressing social issues including racism, police brutality, U.S. political prisoners, and other topics. The intergenerational lineup features artists who have dedicated their careers to creating change and speaking out against injustice.

Millpond.Live gates open at 5:00 pm on August 26th, and music begins at 6:00 pm. Attendees should bring blankets & chairs, and are welcome to carry in their own refreshments or purchase on site from food trucks and local microbreweries. This free, all-ages event will be the second installment of Millpond.Live's 2017 season, an eclectic, art and music festival spanning six Saturdays (August 19th - September 23rd), with different themes each week.

Visit Millpond.Live for more details on the August 26th Art & Activism event and the rest of the 2017 season.