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Re: Amendment to GR on RMS rejoining FSF

On 26/03/21 10:45 pm, Sruthi Chandran wrote:

> Dear fellow DDs,
> Second the amendment text if acceptable to you :)
Re-sending with fixed signature and replacing twitter link with
gnusocial link.

> ==== Begin text ====
> Under section 4.1.5 of the constitution, the Developers make the
> following statement:
> *Debian’s statement on Richard Stallman rejoining the FSF board*
> We at Debian are profoundly disappointed to hear of the re-election of
> Richard Stallman to a leadership position at the Free Software
> Foundation, after a series of serious accusations of misconduct led to
> his resignation as president and board member of the FSF in 2019.
> One crucial factor in making our community more inclusive is to
> recognise and reflect when other people are harmed by our
> own actions and consider this feedback in future actions. The way
> Richard Stallman announced his return to the board unfortunately lacks
> any acknowledgement of this kind of thought process. We are deeply
> disappointed that the FSF board elected him a board member again despite
> no discernible steps were taken
> by him to be accountable for, much less make amends for, his past
> actions or those who have been harmed by them. Finally, we are also
> disturbed by the secretive process of his re-election, and how it was
> belately conveyed [0] to FSF’s staff and supporters.
> We believe this step and how it was communicated sends wrong and hurtful
> message and harms the future of the Free Software movement. The goal of
> the software freedom movement is to empower all people to control
> technology and thereby create a better society for everyone. Free
> Software is meant to serve everyone regardless of their age, ability or
> disability, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, religion or
> sexual orientation. This requires an inclusive and diverse environment
> that welcomes all contributors equally. Debian realises that we
> ourselves and the Free Software movement still have to work hard to be
> in that place where everyone feels safe and respected to participate in
> it in order to fulfil the movement's mission.
> That is why, we call for his resignation from all FSF bodies. The FSF
> needs to seriously reflect on this decision as well as their
> decision-making process to prevent similar issues from happening again.
> Therefore, in the current situation we see ourselves unable to
> collaborate both with the FSF and any other organisation in which
> Richard Stallman has a leading position. Instead, we will continue to
> work with groups and individuals who foster diversity and equality in
> the Free Software movement in order to achieve our joint goal of
> empowering all users to control technology.
[0] https://status.fsf.org/notice/3796703
> Heavily based on:
> [1] https://fsfe.org/news/2021/news-20210324-01.html
> [2]
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/statement-re-election-richard-stallman-fsf-board
> ==== End of text ====

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