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I just published a short blog post adding my voice to the chorus of people speaking out against Richard Stallman's return to the @fsf's board of directors. mako.cc/copyrighteous/the-free

It's short so I'll include the full text in a thread below.

I served as a director and as a voting member of the Free Software Foundation for more than a decade. I left both positions over the last 18 months and currently have no formal authority in the organization. (1/7)

So although it is now just my personal opinion, I will publicly add my voice to the chorus of people who are expressing their strong opposition to Richard Stallman’s return to leadership in the FSF and to his continued leadership in the free software movement. (2/7)

The current situation makes me unbelievably sad. (3/7)

I stuck around the FSF for a long time (maybe too long) and worked hard (I regret I didn’t accomplish more) to try and make the FSF better because I believe that it is important to have voices advocating for social justice inside our movement’s most important institutions. (4/7)

I believe this is especially true when one is unhappy with the existing state of affairs. I am frustrated and sad that I concluded that I could no longer be part of any process of organizational growth and transformation at FSF. (5/7)

I have nothing but compassion, empathy, and gratitude for those who are still at the FSF—especially the staff—who are continuing to work silently toward making the FSF better under intense public pressure. (6/7)

I still hope that the FSF will emerge from this as a better organization. (7/7)

@mako Thank you for your work. It is not your fault you didn't have the power to change a toxic boy's club.

@mako

Thank you. You'll recall that RMS is the main reason I have never become involved with FSF in any capacity. As the replies on the Libreplanet list show, the toxicity runs pretty deep.

If you, @mindspillage and others ever want to chat about what an alternative could look like, let me know. I still help manage freeculture.org, which is essentially dead right now and might be useful for a new org.

@mako Mako, I'm glad you wrote this, and I'm glad that after reading it, you've confirmed that you're the person I know you to be.

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