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

On 16082 March 1977, Steve Langasek wrote:

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
https://github.com/rms-open-letter/rms-open-letter.github.io/blob/main/index.md. 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

bye, Joerg

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