[Openstack-operators] Fwd: [openstack-dev] Supporting our global community

Melvin Hillsman mrhillsman at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 21:01:36 UTC 2017

In case you missed it.

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From: Jonathan Bryce <jonathan at openstack.org>
Date: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Subject: [openstack-dev] Supporting our global community
To: foundation at lists.openstack.org, "OpenStack Development Mailing List
(not for usage questions)" <openstack-dev at lists.openstack.org>,
community at openstack.org

OpenStack is a global open source community. The OpenStack Foundation
serves members in 180 countries focused on advancing the capabilities and
accessibility of open infrastructure everywhere. We fundamentally believe
diversity and collaboration are a powerful force for innovation, and it has
been amazing to see the product of tens of thousands of people around the
world over the last 6+ years.

Lauren, Mark and I disagree with the executive order issued by President
Trump that targets individuals from 7 countries. The order restricts the
travel and movement of people in a discriminatory way that  results in a
restriction on access to talent and ideas. It is still unclear how the
policies will play out and be enforced, but we will be watching, advocating
for and supporting our community members to the best of our ability.

This executive order will not impact the governance of the Foundation or
the way the community operates globally. We will continue to support user
groups and community members that are active in the seven countries named
by the executive order, alongside our 120+ user groups around the world.
However, we have two scheduled events in the United States within the next
six months that will attract a global audience: the PTG (Project Teams
Gathering) in Atlanta, Feb 20-24, a smaller event that will bring together
hundreds of upstream contributors, and the OpenStack Summit in Boston, May
8-11, our larger event that happens every six months.

This executive order could impact some community members' ability to travel
to Atlanta and Boston, but unfortunately it is too late at this point to
change the location of these events. The following three OpenStack Summits,
however, are now scheduled to occur outside of the United States. The next
Summit will be in November 2017 in Sydney, Australia and we are working to
finalize the details so we can announce the following two Summit locations

We’ve already heard from one community member, Mohammed Naser, who is
concerned that his plans to travel from Canada to Atlanta to attend the PTG
may be restricted, simply because he a dual citizen of Canada and Iraq.
Mohammed has been contributing code to OpenStack since 2011 and is the CEO
and Founder of Vexxhost. Blocking his travel would serve no purpose and rob
the community of a valuable contributor during an important event. If you
are concerned about the impact or have any questions, please don't hesitate
to reach out to me at jonathan at openstack.org.

Political actions like this highlight the importance of our collective
values. The Four Opens, the founding principles of our community, exist to
ensure the free flow of talent and ideas, across geographic, national,
organizational or other lines that might divide us. We believe in humanity.
We believe in opportunity. We believe in the power of collaboration across
borders, and we will continue to carry forward our mission.

We also posted this online: https://www.openstack.org/

Jonathan Bryce
Mark Collier
Lauren Sell

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Kind regards,

Melvin Hillsman
Ops Technical Lead
OpenStack Innovation Center

mrhillsman at gmail.com
phone: (210) 312-1267
mobile: (210) 413-1659

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