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General resolution: ratify https://github.com/rms-open-letter/rms-open-letter.github.io

Under 4.1.5 of the Constitution, the developers by way of GR are the body
who has the power to issue nontechnical statements.

is a statement which I believe Debian as a project, and not just individual
Debian developers, should consider signing on to.

This is a proposal for Debian to sign on to the statement, by adopting the
text from that open letter via GR.

==== Text of GR ====

The Debian Project co-signs the statement regarding Richard Stallman's
readmission to the FSF seen at
The text of this statement is given below.

Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a dangerous force in
the free software community for a long time.  He has shown himself to be
misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, among other serious accusations of
impropriety.  These sorts of beliefs have no place in the free software,
digital rights, and tech communities.  With his recent reinstatement to the
Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation, we call for the entire
Board of the FSF to step down and for RMS to be removed from all leadership

We, the undersigned, believe in the necessity of digital autonomy and the
powerful role user freedom plays in protecting our fundamental human rights. 
In order to realize the promise of everything software freedom makes
possible, there must be radical change within the community.  We believe in
a present and a future where all technology empowers – not oppresses –
people.  We know that this is only possible in a world where technology is
built to pay respect to our rights at its most foundational levels.  While
these ideas have been popularized in some form by Richard M. Stallman, he
does not speak for us.  We do not condone his actions and opinions.  We do
not acknowledge his leadership or the leadership of the Free Software
Foundation as it stands today.

There has been enough tolerance of RMS’s repugnant ideas and behavior.  We
cannot continue to let one person ruin the meaning of our work.  Our
communities have no space for people like Richard M. Stallman, and we will
not continue suffering his behavior, giving him a leadership role, or
otherwise holding him and his hurtful and dangerous ideology as acceptable.

We are calling for the removal of the entire Board of the Free Software
Foundation.  These are people who have enabled and empowered RMS for years. 
They demonstrate this again by permitting him to rejoin the FSF Board.  It
is time for RMS to step back from the free software, tech ethics, digital
rights, and tech communities, for he cannot provide the leadership we need. 
We are also calling for Richard M. Stallman to be removed from all
leadership positions, including the GNU Project.

We urge those in a position to do so to stop supporting the Free Software
Foundation.  Refuse to contribute to projects related to the FSF and RMS. 
Do not speak at or attend FSF events, or events that welcome RMS and his
brand of intolerance.  We ask for contributors to free software projects to
take a stand against bigotry and hate within their projects.  While doing
these things, tell these communities and the FSF why.

We have detailed several public incidents of RMS's behavior.  Some of us
have our own stories about RMS and our interactions with him, things that
are not captured in email threads or on video.  We hope you will read what
has been shared and consider the harm that he has done to our community and

==== End Text of GR ====

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                   https://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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