For the founding of a Drupal Community General Assembly

 

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In view of the continued mismanagement of Drupal concerns as evidenced by the Drupal Association and Project Lead Statement (sic) Regarding Larry Garfield, and in view of the fact that the so-called Drupal confessions statement https://www.drupalconfessions.org/ fails to denounce the gutting of Drupal by Big Tech, as well as its total distortion as a product to serve the interests of Big Tech now controlling the Drupal Association, in view of the expropriation of community member jobs of work at the hands of Big Tech, organized independent action on the part of the Drupal Community needs to be taken.

The mismanagement does not occur in a vacuum. The whole doxxing and banning of platform.sh worker Larry Garfield (which, while giving no political support to Larry Garfield's positions, are anti-working class measures and practices which can only harm the working class in the long run) take place in a context of paralysis, while Drupal continues to gain in irrelevancy as the industry moves on at a furious pace.

While many of the statements of support in the "Drupal confessions" document may seem heart warming to some, the utopian wool-over-the-eyes of expecting a "solution" while open source and free software projects and their communites are captured and gutted under capitalism is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

In order to find a real solution, we need international unions of tech workers willing to fight against the oppression and exploitation of Big Tech, in the context of political organization capable of leading the fight for a society in which there is no exploitation of humans by humans, and for the expropriation of the communications industry to be placed under workers control where it belongs, under workers governments everywhere. That's the only kind of free software worthy of the name.

In the context of such a struggle, demands should be:

* Immediate resignation of Megan Sanicki and Dries Buytaert and all others involved in the doxxing and banning of Larry Garfield from the Drupal Communty, or acquiescence in such action due to so-called "legal advice". 
* Immediate removal of Dries Buytaert from all decision making positions in the Drupal Community and all places of influence.
* Dissolve all existing "governing" bodies of the Drupal Community and their corrupt by-laws.
* Immediate calling of an electronic General Assembly of the Drupal Community (Drupal Community General Assembly) to put in place a program and plan of action to prevent the complete destruction of the product, which belongs to all who have contributed to it and use it.
* Return ownership of the Drupal brand to the Drupal Community General Assembly.
* Immediate and preventative forking of Drupal and all Drupal branding by the Drupal Community General Assembly, under a program and plan of action capable of leading the fight against corporate encroachment and gutting and expropriation of open source and free software projects.

No public "shaking of hands" or peace offerings between Big Tech capitalists are going to solve this problem, at the heart of which is the expropriation of jobs of work carried out by contributors and users of Drupal together with the distortion of the product to make it amenable to big capital requirements, under the guise of phony open source and free software.