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Richard Stallman's Commitment to
Richard Stallman has a decades long record of commitment to social justice, available for all to see. It shouldn't be necessary to submit evidence, specially not for those who know him. However, these writings have been made invisible by a disinformation campaign in recent years (2019-2021, as of this writing.) In fact, Stallman is being unfairly accused of being insensitive to social issues. For this reason, friends have advised that it may be necessary, given the virulence of the renewed attacks, to show how consistently and profoundly he does care about social justice.
As we go forward with this website, we will reproduce some of the many articles Richard Stallman has published over the years to speak up against sexism, racism, plutocracy and other issues in society. We started searching from October 2020 and have ordered the articles from recent to older ones. There are many still to be gathered and listed from previous years. This takes time and work, please Contact us if you would like to help.
29 October 2020 (Looking for the mother)
Qatar thugs took all the women off a plane waiting to fly to Sydney and strip-searched them, trying to determine if any of them was the mother of a newborn found dead in the airport. [Archived]
Why was Qatar trying so hard to find the mother? I speculate that the purpose was to punish her; right-wing religious extremists often like to punish women.
26 October 2020 (Harassment in bathrooms)
It appears that trans women do not ever harass anyone in women's bathrooms, but there are several cases where trans women (and cis women erroneously taken for trans) have been harassed or even attacked by people who object to their presence in women's bathrooms. [Archived]
13 October 2020 (Punished for getting pregnant)
The UAE punishes foreign workers that get pregnant, and their children, with homelessness and starvation, and the children with denial of education. This punishment lasts for an indefinite term; it could be years. [Archived]
Many religions support injustice to women.
25 September 2020 (Manslaughter and miscarriages)
Dozens of women have been convicted for manslaughter, homicide and aggravated homicide after having miscarriages, stillbirths and other obstetric emergencies since El Salvador introduced a total ban on abortion in 1998. [Archived]
[23 September 2020]
AT&T, Coca Cola, Disney, Nike, Procter & Gamble and Uber all target female consumers and promote women-friendly work environments, yet they bankroll candidates who actively work against women’s rights. [Archived]
21 September 2020 (Smoke from wildfires)
The smoke from wildfires, when breathed by pregnant women, causes lasting harm to their fetuses in later life. [Archived]
In some US states, women could be prosecuted for breathing the smoke. Perhaps millions of women would commit this “crime”.
One could imagine prosecuting oil companies too, but the right-wing officials in those states don't want to go after oil companies, only women.
21 September 2020 (Urgent: discrimination against trans people)
US citizens: call on the Department of Housing and Urban Development not to allow discrimination against trans people. [Archived]
20 August 2020 (Countries lead by women)
17 August 2020 (Ambition, charisma and leadership)
I wondered the same thing about Obama, another candidate with the same strengths, and concluded he was no progressive, so I did not vote for him. He validated my doubts when he let the banksters off the hook for fraud that stole millions of non-rich Americans' homes. Harris did the same thing.
I voted for a black woman (Rep. Ayanna Pressley) with great relish two years ago, for the good things she stands for. Soon I will vote for her again. If Harris stood for these things, I would have voted for her too.
19 June 2020 (Why women are paid less)
“Women are not paid less because they are less educated, less motivated, less ambitious, less willing to ask for more money, weaker, more cowardly, lazier, meant to be stay-at-home mothers, or any of the hundreds of ‘blame the women’ excuses that popular culture spits out," runs one blistering passage. They are paid less because hostile men, and the institutions they create, keep finding ways to frustrate gender inequality. [Archived].
27 April 2020 (Hungary's oppressive ID requirements repression)
14 April 2020 (Domestic violence)
Domestic violence has doubled or tripled in some countries due to lockdowns. A rough estimate is that this includes over 200 million women. [Archived]
22 March 2020 (Violent French riot thugs)
French riot thugs violently attacked a peaceful march for International Women’s Day. The thugs had been venting hatred verbally towards the marchers for a long time before they attacked, so their misogynist motive is clear. [Archived]
18 March 2020 (Contraception and pre-natal care)
Sanders' Reproductive Health Care and Justice for All plan would assure all American women of contraception and pre-natal care. [Archived]
One aim is to reduce the rate of death in childbirth, which is particularly high in the US.
6 March 2020 (Hating progressives and women)
Why would Bloomberg lie? Because he wants to get elected, perhaps? Perhaps because truth is not one of his values, perhaps?
30 August 2019 (TSA traumatizes transgender passengers)
11 August 2019 (Transgender student rights)
A US judge ruled that transgender students have the right to use the toilets corresponding to their gender identities. [Archived]
This decision is only tentative, since the appeal is likely to go up to the Supreme Court, which is dominated by right-wingers.
15 April 2019 (Moroccan women)
When they complain to the thugs, the thugs ignore them, and their employer/abusers kick them out, leaving them destitute. But the worst thing is the cruelty of their parents and husbands.
With all the money that the strawberries bring in, Spain can afford to deploy inspectors to make sure these workers have safe working conditions.
3 April 2019 (Survivors of attacks in India)
The women attacked used to despair, but now they are helping each other get on with their lives.
22 March 2019 (Activists in Salafi Arabia)
21 March 2019 (UN conference on women's rights
21 March 2019 (Learning not to be prejudiced)
This is so that all children learn not to be prejudiced.
16 March 2019 (Female apologism)
It is unfortunate that the article uses "ingrained into our DNA" as a metaphor for this, since the crucial point is that apologism is not innate in women, rather taught to women.
15 March 2019 (Jean Wyllys)
9 March 2019 (Rape victim in Kosovo)
To crown it all, the Kosovan state is prosecuting the people who tried to help her with an abortion. Kosovo must legalize abortion, for everyone, as well as punish the rapists.
I speculate that the thug chose her to rape partly because of the patriarchal idea that an unmarried woman who is not a virgin has become worthless. Changing ways of looking at the world is not easy, but that is the long-term change that is needed.
One detail that is morally irrelevant is the age of the woman. In fact, she was 16, but if she had been 6, 26, or 60, it would have made no difference. Rape, forcing or compelling someone to have sex, is wrong no matter who it is done to.
21 February 2019 (Urgent: Violence Against Women Act)
If you sign, please spread the word!
20 February 2019 (Libel for accusations)
2 February 2019 (Right to drive in Salafi Arabia)
18 January 2019 (Cruelty toward Afghan women)
This patriarchal cruelty perpetuates the Taliban. The US has tried to do "nation building", usually taking the form of investing in physical plant which often turns out to be useless. Perhaps it should have funded women's shelters instead. [Archived]
21 April 2018 (Equal Rights Amendment)
The Equal Rights [for women] Amendment has languished since the 1980s, but is just two states short of approval. The Illinois senate has just approved it. [Archived] If the Illinois lower house does likewise, it will be one state away from approval.
If Democrats take back several states in November, the ERA could actually pass.
29 June 2020 (Antelope Valley of California)
29 June 2020 (The Movement for Black Lives)
I support all of them.
29 June 2020 (History of targeting black activists)
27 June 2020 (AI predicting criminality)
An AI system claims to predict who will be a criminal based on people's photos. Actually it predicts who will be accused of crimes, using a simple heuristic: black skin => more likely to be accused. [Archived]
The heuristic gives valid results because of the racism in society's systems.
28 May 2020 (Prosecutor who refused to prosecute the white murderers of Ahmaud Arbery)
A prosecutor who refused to prosecute the white murderers of Ahmaud Arbery has a history of straining to find grounds to prosecute black women. [Archived].
18 June 2020 (Death of two black men in California)
Two black men died in California in what looked like suicides, but there are reasons to suspect white supremacists murdered them. [Archived]
14 June 2020 (The 1900 New York City Anti-Black Police Riot)
Essentially all the thugs attacked blacks indiscriminately on the street and in their homes, without the slightest shame or self control.
10 June 2020 (Vallejo police kill unarmed 22-year-old, who was on his knees with his hands up.)
Killing unarmed blacks is a long-standing tradition there.
22 March 2020 (Urgent: Help non-rich Americans cope with Covid-19)
Phone your congresscritter and senators to push for a bill that would help non-rich Americans cope with Covid-19. The bill would do these things:
- Federally mandated paid sick leave for caretakers and ill people, to stop the spread of this virus by allowing sick people to stay home and avoid infecting others;
- Free coronavirus testing that will allow people to know if they've been infected and health agencies to track the spread of the virus;
- Emergency food aid for low-income pregnant women, young children, senior citizens, and food banks that may become overwhelmed as more people are temporarily out of work and
- Unemployment funding for workers laid off or furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you call, please spread the word!
Table of Contents
- Who is Richard Stallman?
- Honors and Awards
- Commitment to Social Justice
- Why Stallman Resigned
- Explanation - Background
- Explanation - CSAIL Emails
- Debunking False Accusations
- Articles of Support
- Other Articles of Support
- Related Articles
- Comments of Support
- Say It With a Meme!