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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: Xenophobia in the light of President-Elect Trump
Date Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:25:14 GMT
Gavin Mabie wrote on 12/29/16 8:20 AM:
> Hi Community
> Should the community come out clearly rejecting the Trump xenophobic
> policies? Given the fact that community members comprise all cultures,
> religions and geographies?
> Gavin

The ASF is a 501C3 non-profit that serves the public good by providing
permissively licensed software and education and mentoring to the
communities that create that software.  As such, there are both legal
limits, as well as practical limits on what sorts of politically-related
statements the ASF as a formal organization can or will make in the
political sphere.

In particular, the ASF focuses on what we do best: providing core
software development services and mentoring to our existing communities.

So while I imagine many individual list subscribers would agree with
you, I do not expect to see any formal political statements here.  In
general, I personally find them off-topic for this list, other than how
specific and actual events are affecting our existing communities.

I am very happy to see the great work on the diversity survey and other
efforts to make both ComDev and many Apache projects welcoming to all
productive contributors, no matter their circumstances or backgrounds.


- Shane

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