The fifth statement was written in response to racist graffiti found at the occupation. It could have been from anyone (someone wondering through the park, a participant,a provacateur, it’s an open public space and near impossible to stop something like that from happening.) When it was brought to the everyone’s attention, people were appalled and issued the following statement:
There are various forms of oppression embedded within the dominant culture and in the socio-political and economic systems of this country. As a community which seeks to build power and gain momentum through consensus-based decision-making and respectful social relations, we stand in opposition to the way in which our society privileges some people over others. We want to create an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each other’s thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions. Though our aim is to encourage and foster creative debate, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on actual or perceived race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, nationality, religion, ethnicity or abilities within our occupied space.
1. We specifically condemn all attacks and arrests made by the Boston police force against the persons of Occupy Boston, as well as all attacks and arrests made by any police force against any Occupy Movement.
2. We specifically condemn the destruction of the property of the Boston Occupiers.
3. We stand by our brothers and sisters as they assert their right to assemble peacefully and create a space in which their voices can be heard.
4. We support all occupations within the Occupy Movement in their efforts to maintain and occupy their chosen spaces.
5. We condemn all coordinated actions made against any occupation within the Occupy Movement.
6. We condemn all media bans of Occupy Movements worldwide.
7. We specifically support the cooperative spirit of the Mayor of Seattle in his requests to the Seattle police force to pull back from its actions against the Seattle Occupiers.
8. We specifically condemn the breakdown in cooperation between the Mayor of Seattle and the Seattle police force, primarily because of its potential to facilitate violent police action.
9. We wish to express our support for the continued, collaborative efforts of all Occupy Movements to disseminate information and updates about police actions taken against any Occupy Movement.
10. We wish to express our support for the continuation of every city’s Occupy Movement, no matter the opposition it has faced.