RFC News

While there is much uncertainty and fear about what 2020 will bring for people in this country (and around the world), there are some certainties. We know activists will stand up for peace, justice, and the rights of our fellow human beings. We know some of them will be targeted and if they're parents, their children will suffer, too. And we know that with our community's help, the RFC will be there to support these brave families as they fight for a better world for us all.

Jennifer Meeropol highlights several of the activist families we've helped recently and shares her thoughts about the year ahead, in her year-end report, here.

We're excited to announce that the RFC will celebrate our 30th anniversary with a gala event headlined by RFC Advisory Board member Angela Davis on the evening of Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Details about ticket sales and other information will be announced after the turn of the year. For now, please save the date, tell your friends and plan to join us as we mark 30 years of supporting the children of resistance!

Check out this guest blog by a radical young activist, teacher, and former RFC beneficiary whose path has inspired us so much that we wanted to share his story with our whole community.

The Fall 2019 issue of our newsletter has a report on our celebration of Pete Seeger's centennial including remembrances from our community and a special fine art print of a photo of Pete that's for sale to benefit the RFC; descriptions of our recent grants including a special group grant to The Highlander Center, and introductions of our newest Board members. Check it all out at rfc.org/newsletter.

U.S. political prisoner Tom Manning died this wk after 30+ years behind bars. He was important to the RFC community and we mourn his death. Our blog has an inspiring letter from Tom to us and a moving statement from Tom's co-defendant Ray Luc Levasseur.

We're proud to announce we've joined scores of other groups sponsoring the Lights for Liberty nationwide mobilization on July 12th, aimed at supporting detained immigrants and refugees and calling on authorities to #ClosetheCamps immediately.

The RFC not only stands with asylum seekers and other immigrants (and those working on behalf of these vulnerable people), but also offers a unique type of help to immigration activists who've been targeted because of their organizing. Check out our blog and our press release to learn more and help us spread the word! #FamiliesBelongTogether #rfcblog

On the 66th anniversary of the execution of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Jenn Meeropol has been thinking about the power of families and community, and the dire threats facing youth activists and the children of activists today. She shares her thoughts on the RFC blog here.

We've gathered photos, videos, recordings, stories and other Pete Seeger memorabilia from our archives and our community, to mark this milestone.

See the complete collection at rfc.org/peteseeger100, or view and share our Facebook photo album or Instagram collection (#PeteSeeger100).

Come to the RFC's all ages jam session and birthday party for Pete: May 3rd, 7-10 pm, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 348, Easthampton, MA.

Find a celebration near you: check out the list of concerts and other birthday events across the country and internationally, to find another commemoration near you.

View the RFC-curated YouTube playlist of videos of Pete and others performing his songs, and other related content.

Listen to WBAI (99.5 on the dial in NYC, and streaming at wbai.org) from 9 am - midnight Eastern, as they pay tribute to Pete with archival programs of the folk music icon, talking and performing, ranging from the 1950's to 2013.

Listen to UpFront Soul's radio show (available to stream on PRX anytime) celebrating Pete's centennial with funk, soul, jazz, gospel, & hip-hop versions of the songs Pete wrote and helped to spread all over the world.

Pete Seeger was a beloved founding member of our Advisory Board. To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, May 3, 2019, we're throwing a birthday party/jam session at our office in Easthampton, MA, and inviting our community to share memories, photos, and other recollections and tributes to Pete by emailing info@rfc.org.

Our Spring 2019 Newsletter is out, and in it you'll find moving, touching letters from our supporters, info on how to follow news about Strange Fruit and the Rosenbergs, details on upcoming RFC events in MA, DC, and NYC, and a synopsis of the attacks experienced by every activist family receiving our aid currently, as well as summary of how those grants are helping.