Archives of Carry it Forward, the RFC's newsletter, is published twice a year in March and September. Each edition describes every grant made in the most recent granting cycle, as well as recent events and other RFC news. View recent issues below.
May 3, 2019, was the 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth. Pete was a beloved part of the RFC community, a generous founding member (with his wife Toshi) of our Advisory Board, and prior to that, a courageous supporter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
To honor the centennial of this activist and folk music hero, we dug into our archives and also invited the public to share their memories and photos of Pete with us. We received hundreds of submissions including the sampling here, and compiled the recollections and images into a document you can view or download. In addition, you can find photos and stories on our Facebook or Instagram by searching for #PeteSeeger100.
The RFC turns 30 next year. Many of our supporters have been with us for most, if not all, of the past three decades but I bet even some of them may not know about a small but vital grant program: our group grants. The RFC has awarded over $7 million in our history. Of that, significant amounts went to support prison visits, young activists targeted for their own organizing efforts and Gathering programs.
During the past year, three new members joined the RFC Board. Claudia Quintero came to us last fall. A recent law school graduate, Claudia is a staff attorney for migrant workers at Central West Justice Center, which focuses on “cases involving humanitarian-based immigration law, employment rights, housing and homelessness issues, and access to public benefits.”
In celebration of the 2019 centennial of Pete Seeger's birth, fine art photographer Robert Floyd has produced a limited edition of nine, 13” x 19” prints of his candid 1979 photo of Pete Seeger at a protest at the Shoreham Nuclear Plant on Long Island. Sales will benefit the RFC.
Pipeline Protestor Imprisoned $4500 for school tuition for four children, ages seven to 13, whose environmental activist father shut down a pipeline to bring attention to the harm perpetrated by the fossil fuel industry. Their dad was charged with a felony and is currently awaiting trial. WI
In their final letter to my father and uncle, my grandparents wrote that they were comforted in the sure knowledge that others would carry on after them.
More than 65 years later, the Rosenberg Fund for Children honors that trust by offering our community’s support to the children of targeted activists. As increasingly repressive forces take aim at those fighting for economic, racial, gender, environmental and social justice, our aid is more vital than ever.