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by Executive Director Jenn Meeropol
Images of small children in cages, crying for their parents or holding signs protesting a parent’s detention or deportation flooded my email and social media this summer. I’m enraged and saddened by what the government is doing in all of our names. As the granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and the daughter of their younger son, Robert Meeropol, I also have a unique and deeply personal reaction to seeing children separated from parents.
Who are the children of resistance receiving support from the RFC today? They’re preschoolers crying at night, separated from their immigrant parents. They’re youth protesting the people and policies responsible for those separations, and denouncing a host of other injustices, from racism and police brutality to gun violence and the school to prison pipeline.
On June 19th, 2018, a crowd gathered at the memorial to the Rosenbergs in Havana, Cuba to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the couple’s execution. A singer performed a rendition of Ethel and Julius’ last letter to their children, set to music by Cuban artist Pablo Milanes.
2018 is shaping up to be another year of fruitful connections with generous, progressive artists. Over the summer RFC supporters in Brooklyn hosted a benefit featuring music by Grammy-nominated bluesman Guy Davis (pictured), the son of Ruby Dee and RFC Advisory Board member in memoriam Ossie Davis. We sponsored “An Alternative 4th of July” at the New York chapter of the National Writers Union, which brought together musicians, poets, writers, and activists to celebrate Frederick Douglass.
Dad Targeted while in Sanctuary $5447 for computer equipment, sports programs and summer camps for four children, ages nine to 19, whose father is an immigrants’ rights leader. Since being denied a stay of deportation and entering sanctuary, DHS and ICE officials have escalated threats and pressure against him. Location withheld
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 65 years later, the Rosenberg Fund for Children honors that trust by offering our community’s support to the children of targeted activists. As increasingly repressive forces take aim at those fighting for economic, racial, gender, environmental and social justice, our aid is more vital than ever.