Associate membership: we're coming to your town
Although the Free Software Foundation's headquarters is in Boston, we like to meet, greet and conspire with our members and activists from all over the world. Summer brings a lot of opportunities to do just that, and so by fall our virtual suitcase will be covered in stickers. We hope to see you in our travels!
For our first stop, campaigns manager Matt Lee and I are heading down to Porto Alegre, Brazil for FISL. This will be FISL's 10th year, GNU's 25th, and we'll be joined by Richard Stallman at this event. Matt and I want to meet lots of members and free software activists who can tell us more about their experiences. Free software is in wide use in South America and we hope to come away inspired and invigorated by our visit. We'll be in Porto Alegre from June 24th through the 27th.
Late July sees us in San Jose, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. I'm looking forward to seeing our many members and activists, but especially those who helped out at our table during the recent MySQL Conference. We'll be in San Jose from July 21st through the 24th.
Our next stop is DEFCON in Las Vegas. We're looking forward to talking with hackers and free software activists and folks who not only understand exactly what could be going on inside your machine when you aren't the one in control, they're taking steps to stay in control. We'll be in Las Vegas from July 30th through August 2nd.
Then it's back out to the West Coast to commune with our Bay Area compatriots. We're hoping to set up a nice informal gathering for members and activists while we're in town. Let us know if you've got any ideas or access to a space! We'll be in San Francisco from August 11th through the 14th.
Our next stop is Columbus, Ohio, a place we haven't been able to send anyone to in a few years. We know there are lots of GNU/Linux users out there in the Heartland, and we can't wait to meet them and catch up. We'll be in Ohio on September 25th through the 26th.
Our last membership outreach stop for the year will be in Baltimore, Maryland, which is just an hour away from the US capital, Washington, DC. We look forward to chatting with people about government adoption of free software, the political implications of free formats and grassroots organizing with free software tools. We'll be in Baltimore in early November.
Please let us know if we can come sit in on your free software user group meeting while we're in your town. If the timing isn't good, we're also up for more informal meetings with local free software activists, like lunch or coffee, etc. If you're interested in rustling up a few people, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit #fsf-members on irc.gnu.org.
There will be lots of opportunities for conversations, for volunteering and for giving us valuable feedback about the struggle for free software in your community. So don't be shy, drop us a note or visit us online!