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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.
 
 

How to Reach Us While We're Working Remotely

Submitted by jenn on Tue, 02/09/2021 - 17:06

RFC staff are continuing to work remotely and our office remains closed indefinitely. To make it easier for our community to contact us, we've set up temporary phone numbers: please call 508-275-2258 for all granting inquiries and 413-239-2711 for all other questions.  

You can also reach us via email (all granting and application questions can be directed to Tori at granting@rfc.org; press inquiries and donation or general questions to Rachel at  info@rfc.org and our Executive Director Jenn  can be reached at jenn@rfc.org).

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.

Celebrating the RFC's 30th anniversary with a virtual playlist

Submitted by jenn on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 17:23

While we wish we could have safely gathered together to celebrate the RFC's 30th anniversary in 2020, we were thrilled to be able to offer a virtual program to mark this milestone. The five videos that form the discussion were taped on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 via Zoom, bringing together participants in South America as well as the east and west coasts 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 series of videos and learn about the artists and activists who participated in this virtual celebration.

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.