"My wife’s fourth novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, was published in April. It’s the story of Esther and Rosa, whose arrests during an anti-Vietnam War protest tear the sisters apart. It’s fiction, but it hits close to home. Elli has said that she never intended to write a novel about the Rosenberg Case. Still, it is hard to miss the parallels between my parents’ case and Elli’s story."
Robert shares his thoughts on his wife's latest novel, it's connections to the RFC, and "the most satisfying experience of his adult work life" in a new blog post here.
While we wish we could all safely gather together to celebrate the RFC's 30th anniversary, we are thrilled to be able to offer this virtual program to mark this milestone.
The five videos that form the discussion were taped on Saturday, May 9th via Zoom, bringing together participants in South America as well as the east and west coast of the United States to discuss inter-generational activism, repression, local and global community, and where to find inspiration in difficult times as well music and poetry from activist artists. Watch the videos here, then head over to our blog to share your feedback.
Kids wondering if their father will go to prison this summer for participating in a nonviolent demonstration. Young siblings staying with relatives as their dad—already struggling financially after he was fired from his job for his organizing—couch surfs while their mom self-isolates with a fever and other worrisome symptoms. These and so many more hardships are what our beneficiary families are dealing with right now due to the COVID-19 crisis and the inept response of the federal government.
Read Executive Director Jenn Meeropol's thoughts on this extraordinary anniversary here.
This spring the RFC awarded more than $165,000 for educational and emotional support to hundreds of children of targeted activists across the country. Learn more about the parents' activism and our special grocery gift card program here.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in righteous anger at the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and the legacy of racism and police brutality in this country. People are putting their bodies on the line to demand real change. We’ve already seen activists being harassed, threatened, arrested, beaten, and attacked because of their role in organizing efforts. We stand in solidarity with activists working to disrupt police violence and calling for justice for Black people in this country.
We offer grants to support kids whose parents are targeted for their activism, and to young people who are themselves targeted. Our mission is to help offer some emotional and/or educational support to these young people. We will be keeping an eye out, and we appreciate any help any members of our community can offer in letting folks know we are here.
Everyone at the RFC sends our love and sympathy to those of you who are experiencing hardship or loss related to the current crisis. We also want to thank the many members of our community who have sent us messages of solidarity and concern or continued to donate to support our work.
Read our Executive Director’s update on the RFC, our plans for our 30th anniversary, our spring grants, and our general operations here.
Starting at 12 pm Eastern on 03/24/20, all non-essential employers in Massachusetts are under orders to entirely close their physical workplaces. As a result, the RFC has made several adjustments. Visit our Press Releases page for details.
The RFC recognizes that the worldwide upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every member of the RFC community in some way. We're taking measures to respond in ways that will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our beneficiaries, staff, Board, and broader community. Read our 03.20.20 statement about how the RFC is adjusting in the short term to this crisis.
The RFC's Spring 2020 newsletter is out. It focuses on the Fund's 30th anniversary, with reflections from founder Robert Meeropol and current Executive Director Jenn Meeropol; a spotlight on the 30th Anniversary Celebration with Angela Y. Davis and others on May 9th in Holyoke, MA; the $181,000 of grants in the most recent cycle; and more.
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.