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.
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.