Exoneration Campaign

Why is There a Campaign to Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg?

In July 2015, previously secret government material at the heart of the case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg was made public . It demonstrates that the U.S. government knowingly manufactured the case against Ethel to pressure Julius to cooperate.

As a result of this release, the Rosenberg Fund for Children – in concert with Julius and Ethel's family – launched a petition  at www.rfc.org/ethel calling on President Obama to exonerate Ethel before he leaves office.

Who is Supporting the Campaign?

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. U. S. Senator Edward Markey, Michael Moore, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, former MA Governor Michael Dukakis, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal (1st District, MA), U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District, MA), Eve Ensler, Dar Williams, Jim Jarmusch, Ed Asner, Dave Zirin, Kathleen Chalfant, Holly Near, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter, John Sayles, Vince Warren, and more than 45,000 other concerned people around the world have already added their names to the petition. See photos and statements from prominent signers here.

Why is this Important Now?

It's essential to do this because:

  • The U.S. government understood Ethel was not a spy but manufactured a case against her, and executed her, anyway.
  • Our faith in our democracy requires that our government correct its transgressions.
  • Ethel's execution took place at the height of the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy Era. Today we're witnessing a resurgence of the same kind of attacks, only now, they’re aimed at Muslims, immigrants, and transgender people; as well as Black Lives Matter organizers, environmental activists, and others challenging our system.

A Message from Ethel's Granddaughter