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On the 71st anniversary of my grandparents’ executions

Blog Post
Report from Executive Director Jennifer Meeropol: June 19, 2024

Vote for the RFC! River Valley Coop Change for Change

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Are you local to Western Mass. and a River Valley Co-op member? Voting is now open for the River Valley Co-op "Change for Change" program, and the Rosenberg Fund for Children is on the ballot!

Long Awaited Updates on the Meeropols’ Freedom of Information Act Request

Blog Post
It has been a while since I’ve provided RFC supporters with an update on my parents’ case. Almost two years ago in July, 2022, my brother and I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of… Read More
Angela Y. 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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Pie Chart Showing RFC Grants Awarded by Activism Type

Number of Children
184
Number of Grants
88
New Grants
4
Renewals
84
Total Grants Amount
$230,389.00

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

Young Activists Face Terrorism Charges

$5000 for TAY Development Grants for five activists ages 23-24 who were indicted under RICO and charged with domestic terrorism for their work to stop the construction of Cop City, a massive police training complex set to be built on sacred forests and in the middle of a largely Black community.
Miscellaneous
GA

Father Fights To Expose Corruption and Pollution

$4000 for education and sports supplies for four children, ages three to 15, whose dad has been denied employment ever since his name was leaked as an opponent of the enormous and powerful landfill company that is polluting a rural, mostly Black town.
ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL RIGHTS
AL

Dad Threatened

$2500 for art supplies and a tablet for the one and 12-year-old children of a prominent racial justice activist who has faced threats to his home and personal safety as a result of his public-facing social justice work.
Racial Justice
OR
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

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.

Strange Fruit word cloud including "TIME Song of the Century" and a quote by Bruce Springsteen

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

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.