Carry it Forward: Celebrate the Children of Resistance | Rosenberg Fund for Children

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the RFC will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ethel and Julius

Carry it Forward event logo Large Rosenbergs’ executions with a benefit event at The Town Hall in New York City, entitled, Carry it Forward: Celebrate the Children of Resistance.

This stage event written by Ellen Meeropol (author of House Arrest), intersperses dramatic readings and dramatized vignettes with music and poetry, honors the legacy of ­resistance passed on from the Rosenbergs and others, and celebrates the courage of families who continue to resist today. It embraces the history of progressive activism both through a look back at past generations, and in the context of today’s struggles.  It honors the community of people who are working for social justice, and shows activists, and their children, that they are not alone.

Activist legend Angela Davis will be the program’s narrator, Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues and Emotional Creature) will portray Ethel Rosenberg, and Cotter Smith will portray Julius Rosenberg.

We will have music from Rebel Diaz— a progressive, Latino hip hop group —  and the husband and wife folk duo, Mike + Ruthyand poetry from Martín Espada. Renowned international human rights attorney, Lennox Hinds, will portray U.S. political prisoner, Russell Maroon Shoatz, and Shola Lynch (director of Free Angela & All Political Prisoners) and Djibril Toure (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Communities United for Police Reform) will portray his daughter and son.

Klemente Gilbert-Espada, Christina González, Emma Lang, RFC Board Chair Rafael Rodríguez Cruz, and Samuel Sánchez will represent RFC beneficiaries including the family of Tito Kayak, or share their own stories as activists.  Read all cast members’ bios here.

$100, $50, and $30* tickets are on sale now through the RFC office, with payment by check via surface mail only. Download a ticket order form here.  Tickets are also available by credit card via Ticketmaster’s website here, or by calling (800) 982-2787 (service charges apply to Ticketmaster purchases).

*A limited number of $10 tickets are available to enable youth and other low-income individuals to attend. (Not recommended for children under age 12.) Contact the RFC office at or (413) 529-0063 to purchase these tickets.

For handicap or limited-mobility seats, for discounted event rate at nearby hotel, or for all other questions, contact or (413) 529-0063.

For more updates check back here, join the RFC’s mailing list, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @wwwrfcorg and #cifevent, and plan to join us in NYC on June 16, 2013!

And check out the videos below for songs you might hear live at the event!


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