Event Category: Presentations/Discussions
Webinar: “What Would Tim Paine Advocate Today?”
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Latin America Relief Fund
I am writing this just after watching on television the inauguration of the 46th President of the US, Joseph Biden. It reminded me that the topic of our LARF webinar next week on Thursday, January 28th, “What Would Tom Paine Advocate Today?” is most timely.
What if armed revolutionaries walked up the Capitol steps in Washington D.C., broke down the doors and forced lawmakers to huddle in fear, all to protest a fair and legal election?
Well, they did just that two weeks ago.
Join progressive activist Robert Meeropol as he explores how an original American revolutionary – or insurrectionist? – Thomas Paine, would respond to today’s political unrest, global migration, and climate change.
Robert Meeropol, has an interesting history of his own. He is the son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who, in 1953, when Robert was six years old, were executed by the United States Government for “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb.” Robert and his brother were adopted by a friend of his parents, Abel Meeropol, famous as a progressive songwriter and poet.
For over 50 years Robert has been a progressive activist, author and public speaker. He is the founder of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a public foundation that provides for the educational and emotional needs of children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. The Fund also supports youth who have been targeted for their own activism. Read more at our website: https://latinamericanrelieffund.org/events
We are honored that Mr. Meeropol agreed to speak and support the efforts of the Latin American Relief Fund, which gives relief to people without a voice, Central American migrants suffering from poverty, climate change and brutal violence. Your donations support Albergue ABBA, a shelter for migrants. Just last month alone, 509 migrants from Central America were given food, clothing, some rest and respite at ABBA. During this pandemic, the migrants face even more danger.
Thomas Paine once said: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
To join us for the Webinar next Thursday at 5 pm CST, please click on this link: https://latinamericanrelieffund.org/events
Suggested donation: $20
All proceeds from this webinar benefit the mission of the Latin American Relief Fund and are tax-deductible under US law.
Robert’s memoir, AN EXECUTION IN THE FAMILY, was published on the 50th anniversary of his parents’ executions. The book details his odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist and founder of the Rosenberg Fund for Children. His blog, Still Out on a Limb, is at robertmeeropol.com/blog.
In 2016 – in the wake of overwhelming new evidence showing that the U.S. government knew Ethel was not a spy and executed her anyway – Robert and his brother Michael Meeropol, launched a nationwide petition campaign asking President Obama to exonerate their mother. The effort garnered 60,000 petition signers, and generated extensive and favorable coverage by many of the most respected and far-reaching media outlets around the U.S. and internationally.
The exoneration campaign succeeded in dramatically moving the needle on the public’s understanding of how the government wronged Ethel, and why. It educated the public about the dangers of unchecked government power, especially in times of heightened concern about national security.
Sher Davidson, President
Latin American Relief Fund