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2022 Year-end Report from Jennifer Meeropol

Dec 16, 2022
Blog Post
This year has felt like a series of seemingly endless crises, from the pandemic to environmental calamity (fires and storms and floods to name just a few) to the frightening rise in antisemitic,… Read More

"Dreams for a Broken World" reading with local authors

Nov 30, 2022
**Note: this event has passed** The LAVA Center (Greenfield, MA) will host a live reading from the Dreams for a Broken World anthology, published by Essential Dreams Press. Stories in the anthology… Read More

Guest Blog: A Message of Gratitude

Nov 22, 2022
Blog Post
We are heading into the winter holidays on a high note: now that the second half of our granting season has concluded, we can proudly say that altogether we have been able to support a total of 86… 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


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.

pie chart depicting grants awarded by type of activism

Fall 2022

Number of Children
Number of Grants
New Grants
Total Grants Amount

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

Daughter Harassed

$4200 for recreational activities and two Carry it Forward1 (CIF) awards for four siblings, ages 16 to 22, whose family faced harassment after their mother filed a complaint to hold school personnel accountable for their outrageously inappropriate behavior towards female students.

Pipeline Protester Forced to Relocate

$3000 for summer camp and music lessons for two children, ages five and seven, whose mom, a water protector, was arrested for disrupting the construction of a pipeline and faced harassment by local officials forcing the family to relocate.

Family Targeted by Police

$3000 for a computer and sports equipment for two brothers, ages 13 and 16, whose grandmother and father organized against environmental racism, specifically against the creation of a landfill in their town. As a result, they were targeted by local police and other officials.
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.