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News & Events

Justice for Ethel Rosenberg (Virtual)

Feb 09, 2022
Event
Retired Attorney Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and founder of the Rosenberg Fund for Children. His parents were executed by the US government on June 19th, 1953,… Read More

Fall grants bring total awarded to over $8 million!

Jan 24, 2022
Blog Post
This fall the Rosenberg Fund for Children awarded 78 grants totaling over $200,000. Eleven new families received funding, joining 64 families who received renewal grants. In addition, the RFC Board… Read More

Mailing address for donations by check remains the same

Dec 20, 2021
News Item
Are you mailing your year-end donation to the RFC by check? Our mailing address remains the same while we continue to work remotely. We are regularly stopping in to pick up the mail and process… Read More
Angela Davis

"Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist."

Angela Davis, RFC Advisory Board member

Grants

Our community requires an organization that aids children in this country whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activity. Please join me and the thousands of RFC supporters who stand with those who resist.

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RFC Spring 2021 grants by programming

Spring 2021

Number of Children
131
Number of Grants
71
New Grants
6
Renewals
65
Total Grants Amount
$209,753.00

Application Deadlines:
March 21 & October 13

If you know of a child whom we might help, please let us know. We want all who qualify for our support to have the opportunity to receive it.

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Recent Grants

Activist’s Daughter Denied Scholarship

A CIF Award* for the 21-year-old daughter of an environmental and racial justice activist who runs a podcast that highlights local issues and amplifies the voices of those experiencing oppression. Due to her podcast, this mom has been removed from Boards and denied jobs in her field.
Civil Liberties
AL

Professor Fired for Speaking Out

$2000 for childcare for the two-year-old son whose dad is a professor and racial justice activist. The dad had a series of disagreements with his department and university about his fundraising for anti-racist efforts on campus, in the community and in collaboration with other colleagues.
Racial Justice
OR

Hunger Strikers Retaliated Against

$12750 for therapy, childcare and educational support for eight children, ages two to 12, from four families whose fathers all participated in a hunger strike at a detention center to protest their detention and the unsafe conditions during the pandemic.
Immigrants' Rights
Location Withheld
Girls playing music

"We were so excited when we learned that you had decided to give grants for our music lessons. It has been difficult to pay for them since our father lost his job. Thank you for recognizing how our dad was singled out for his stand against war, and for realizing music's importance to our family."

RFC beneficiary siblings
Rosenbergs in the park, circa 1942

The Rosenberg Case

Despite massive, worldwide protest, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed on June 19, 1953, at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. They were convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Espionage in one of the most hotly-debated trials in U.S. history.

Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit"

Strange Fruit

The “Song of the Century” according to Time Magazine in 1999, was written by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan) in the late 1930s. The stark and haunting anti-lynching anthem, which Meeropol originally wrote as a poem entitled “Bitter Fruit” before changing the name and setting it to music, was first performed by Abel’s wife Anne at teacher’s union meetings. Billie Holiday made an iconic recording in 1939, and numerous other artists have since released their own versions. Strange Fruit still inspires a vast array of art and culture around the world today.

Pete Seeger

Art & Activism

At the RFC, we celebrate the power of art and artists to spark conversation and move people to action, while also creating beauty and community. We know that was true during the Harlem Renaissance and the Red Scare and the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements and it’s still true today.