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From the Executive Director
Jennifer Meeropol is the granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and the daughter of RFC Founder, Robert Meeropol.  Jenn became the Executive Director of the RFC on September 1, 2013.  Prior posts on this page were written by Robert (unless otherwise noted), and represent his opinions, which are not necessarily shared by the RFC.
 
 

2020 Year-end Report from Jennifer Meeropol

Submitted by jenn on Thu, 12/10/2020 - 12:39

This has felt like the longest, most monumental election of my lifetime. While I am enormously grateful that Trump was defeated, the level of support for him and his hateful, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-science policies shows how much remains to be done to create a more just and equitable society. The impact of these policies will linger into 2021 and beyond despite the election results.
 

Guest Blog by Robert Meeropol: Her Sister's Tattoo

Submitted by jenn on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 16:50

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.

On the 67th anniversary of my grandparents' executions

Submitted by jenn on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:54

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.

2020 Spring Grants

Submitted by jenn on Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:57

This spring the RFC awarded:

  • 67 grants totaling $149,610 to support 151 kids from 75 families, including a group grant for a music therapy program

  • An additional, special grant of up to $18,400 for$200 individual grocery gift cards to all current families who are eligible for our grant funding. So far, we’ve sent cards to 57 families to help support 116 kids.

  • That brings to total granted by the RFC to over $7.5 million!