Robert Meeropol Turned Anger Into Action By Dr. Paula Joyce
Robert Meeropol is an attorney, author, activist, and the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. In 1990 Robert founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children and served as its Executive Director until 2013. Robert remains on the RFCâs Board of Directors. His blog, Still Out on a Limb, which concentrates on climate change, human rights and politics is at www.robertmeeropol.com/blog. Robert wrote An Execution in the Family and has been on numerous programs, including 60 Minutes and the HBO documentary, Heir to an Execution. More than 30,000 news stories on the campaign to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg, including news reports by the Associated Press, CNN, all the network news channels and the Washington Post, have run in the U.S. and other countries including Canada, England, Israel and Japan. 45,000 people have signed a petition to exonerate Ethel. To learn more and to add your signature before President Obama leaves office, go to www.rfc.org or click on the link on my radio show page.
Jennifer Meeropol is the Executive Director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) and the granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. She became the Executive Director when her father, Robert Meeropol, retired from that position in 2013. The RFC is a public foundation which aids children in the U.S. whose parents have been attacked while struggling to wage peace, preserve civil liberties, safeguard the environment, combat racism, and organize on behalf of workers, political prisoners, the LGBTQ community, and others whose rights are under threat. You can learn more about the RFCâs work and make a tax deductible contribution at www.rfc.org. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I was preparing to visit my children and chose my University of Michigan Alumni Magazine for light reading. It was anything but light. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s son, Robert Meeropol, had been at school with me and was featured in an article about his campaign to exonerate Ethel. She was innocent and my government knew it. Not only did the U.S. government knowingly kill an innocent woman/mother, they intentionally used her as a pawn to convict Julius. Even as I write these words, I have trouble digesting them. When I told a friend that Robert was going to be on the show, she went numb and couldn’t even talk about it. Those of us who lived through those times or are just hearing about it now, are experiencing a traumatic response. It’s almost too much to absorb. I was able to process this by telling friends, signing the petition asking President Obama to exonerate her and encouraging others to do so. Please join me Thursday to hear Robert’s story. Then sign the petition at rfc.org.