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21 Days to Love: Day 18


Patricia Okoumou

Last week we asked you to reach out and touch someone who was also a peace activist and share what you are learning by greeting them with love.

This week we ask you to reach out and touch an example of layered on violence — a clear example of the war economy. Patricia Okoumou was profoundly moved by the violent act of separating children from their families at the border, so she climbed to the foot of the Statue of Liberty to bring light to the words that should guide U.S. immigration policy. She was arrested, tried, and now faces 18 months in prison.

She has asked that we direct our love to her plight and asks that her time served be for community service instead of jail. Serving jail time for an act of civil disobedience just layers more violence onto the violence she originally protested.

Patricia Okoumou with Jodie EvansTo help Patricia, join us in sending a letter to the U.S. Attorney in NYC. We will FedEx your digital signatures with the letter by Wednesday to arrive on the 14th, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Or you can download, write and mail one yourself, adding in a heartfelt message of love and community.

In these 21 days, we are witnessing acts of violence in our daily lives — acting to bring love in the face of violence is an important step.

💖 In love and honor of those who courageously stand in the face of acts of violence,
Jodie & Kelly

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Photos: Patricia is pictured above during her protest, and below holding a copy of our letter to the U.S. attorney with CODEPINK Co-founder Jodie Evans.