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Re: Amendement to GR Statement regarding Stallman's readmission to the FSF board

On 14:51 Mon 29 Mar     , Santiago R.R. wrote:
> Hi,
> This is mostly Sruthi Chandran's proposed amendment, with minor tweaks
> and without asking for resignation. I am proposing this because I don't
> want Debian tells other organisations what to do (small difference that
> for me is important).
> Choice X: Debian is unable to collaborate with FSF
> === 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 actions and consider this feedback
> in future actions. Unfortunately, the way Richard Stallman announced his
> return to the board lacks any acknowledgement of this kind of thought process.
> We are deeply disappointed that the FSF board elected him as 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 belatedly conveyed [0] to FSF’s staff and
> supporters.
> We believe this step and how it was communicated sends a 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 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.
> Therefore, in the current situation, the Debian Project is 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
> === End text ===
> Cheers,
>  -- S

Seconded, thanks Santiago and Zlatan!


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