Michael Meeropol

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Michael Meeropol


Michael Meeropol is the son of convicted and executed Soviet atom bomb spies Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg.

He is the brother of Robert Meeropol.

Early life

Miichael and Robert Meeropol's parents, both ardent Communist Party USA members were tried and then executed in June 1953, for passing on atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

The orphaned Rosenberg boys were then adopted by a New York school teacher and covert communist, named Abe Meeropol.

Guardian

In March 1979, the New York radical magazine the Guardian issued an emergency appeal to funds in an effort to save the publication.

Over fifty supporters endorsed the appeal including Michael Meeropol[1]

Rosenberg Fund for Children

In 2003 Michael Meeropol was on the Advisory Board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children[2].

Michael Meeropol serves[3]on the Advisory Board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Michael Meeropol, Chair, Department of Economics, Western New England College, Springfield, MA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[4]

MDS and URPE

In 2008, Robert Meeropol was a member of the Movement for a Democratic Society and the Union for Radical Political Economics[5].

Call to pressure Obama

Michael Meeropol wrote an article "Obama and the Left : Shout Loud and Clear" for The Rag Blog, December 4 2008, calling for a "peoples movement" to move the Obama administration further to the left[6].

All the stories about Obama's economic team and his economic instincts mean is that we on the left have to shout loud and clear to make the policies move in our direction.
That's what the socialists and communists did during the Depression and though the New Deal "saved" capitalism -- it also made it a lot more "worker" and "people" friendly ...
It wasn't revolution, but that didn't stop the socialists and communists of the 1930s from fighting for the right to organize unions, for anti-lynching legislation, for the minimum wage law, etc. etc. -- and it didn't stop the Civil Rights Movements of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s from demanding the most minimal rights already guaranteed under the capitalist constitution.
I think to a large extent, we ought to stop discussing whether Obama is being "good" or "bad" and focus on the POLICIES we want his administration (and Congress) to follow.
Whether he stays in the DLC-Clintonian mode or adopts policies that significantly move away from the right-wing economic concensus depends on U.S. and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Joe Hill said, "Don't mourn for me, organize." We should say, "Don't mourn Obama's leanings -- organize to push him the other way..."

The Rag Blog

In 2010 Michael Meeropol was listed as a contributor to the Movement for a Democratic Society linked, Austin Texas based, The Rag Blog website.[7]

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