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

Please, as a previous vote runner, can we only have 5 seconders rather
than the (currently) 82 DDs who have signed it so far?

On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 01:54:16PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> ==== 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
> positions.
> 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
> others.
> ==== End Text of GR ====

I second this GR.


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