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Earlier this year, the Rosenberg Fund for Children – in concert with the Meeropol family – launched a petition at www.rfc.org/ethel calling on President Obama to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before he leaves office. There is damning new evidence showing the prosecution knew she was not a spy, and executed her anyway.
Last summer, previously secret government material at the heart of the case against the Rosenbergs was made public after the National Security Archive successfully sued for its release. This material - the transcript of the sworn, grand jury testimony of David Greenglass (Ethel’s brother, and the chief prosecution witness against her) - demonstrates that the government knowingly manufactured the case against Ethel to pressure Julius to cooperate.
Tell President Obama to acknowledge that Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed
Last year we celebrated the RFC’s 25th anniversary, but another significant milestone passed without fanfare: 20 years of our prison visit grants.
We began making these grants in 1995. In the first 10 years, we awarded a total of just over $87,000 from this program (later named the Attica Fund Prison Visit Program in honor of generous gifts from a survivor of the Attica uprising, and several of the attorneys who won a settlement for the victims). In the last decade, we awarded more than twice that amount, bringing the total for these grants to over a quarter million dollars!
Throughout the course of our work—whether in applications, letters, emails or phone calls—we receive communications from both beneficiaries and their parents about the ongoing impact of the targeting they’ve experienced. A teenage girl whose father, a civil rights organizer, is currently incarcerated, writes:
“My father was sentenced to 28 years. This means by the time he gets out I will be 44 years old and my sister will be 40…This year I will be graduating high school and…I won’t have my dad to see me walk across the stage.”
By Robert Meeropol
My old friend Michael Ratner died on May 11th at the age of 72. He was the President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Their press release summarizes his brilliant legal career:
“From Attica to Assange, Michael Ratner has defended, investigated, and spoken up for victims of human rights abuses all over the world. For 45 years, Michael brought cases with the Center for Constitutional Rights in U.S. courts related to war, torture, and other atrocities, sometimes committed by the U.S., sometimes by other regimes or corporations, in places ranging from El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala, to Yugoslavia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iraq, and Israel. Seeking to hold Bush administration officials accountable for torture, he turned to filing cases under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction in international courts—in Germany, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, and France. Michael dedicated his life to the most important fights for justice of the last half century.”
Mother Attacked In Home $4159 for music and sports activities and summer camp for the three siblings, ages 11 to 17, whose mother organized against government corruption in her home nation. She fled the country after the military harassed her and her fellow activists and eventually assaulted her. IL
In their final letter to my father and uncle, my grandparents wrote that they were comforted in the sure knowledge that others would carry on after them.
More than 63 years later, the Rosenberg Fund for Children honors that trust by offering our community’s support to the children of targeted activists. I wish that those fighting for economic, environmental and social justice were not targeted and that their children no longer required our aid. But as long as they do, legacy gifts help ensure that the RFC will always be here to stand with the children of resistance.