RFC News

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.

Attention! We deeply regret to announce that the event with Robert Meeropol planned for New Bedford, MA on March 3, has been postponed due to illness. We hope to announce a rescheduled date, soon.

Due to an incoming winter storm, the RFC staff will be working remotely on Feb 12, available by email only, not phone. 

January 31, 2019: News has just broken that Morton Sobell, co-defendant of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, passed away December 26, 2018, at the age of 101. Following his conviction, Mort was sentenced to 30 years in prison and served 17 before being released in 1969. For decades, Mort maintained his innocence. Then in 2008, in connection with the release of key, previously-secret documents from the case, he abruptly reversed course and admitted he had conspired with Julius to supply the Soviets with non-atomic military and industrial information. Read our statement on Morton Sobell's passing, here.

We went way over our granting budget when we made this fall's awards. Why? Because of the huge spike in new applications from activist families like this one, asking us to help their kids who are living in fear and experiencing profound trauma: “My daughter studied the KKK at school... she is not only worried about the government repression [for my organizing] but about the possibility of racist physical attacks against us as well." Learn more about what we're doing to help and how you can stand with the children of resistance on the RFC blog here.