U.S. Attorney Berman: Drop Charges Against Patricia Okoumou!

This Valentine's Day, let's love and honor those who courageously stand in the face of acts of violence. 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.

To help Patricia, join us in sending the following letter to the U.S. Attorney in NYC. We will FedEx the batch we have on 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. 

U.S. Attorney Berman: Drop Charges Against Patricia!

One St. Andrews Plaza, New York, NY 10007

I write to express my strongest support for Therese Patricia Okoumou, our Lady Liberty.

On December 17, 2018, Judge Gabriel Gorenstein found Patricia guilty of trespassing, disorderly conduct and interference with government functions for climbing to the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July.

Patricia's action was an effort to highlight the federal government’s immoral and inhuman child detention policies, otherwise known as the Trump Zero-tolerance policy on immigration.

It is our job now to oppose what our government is doing at the border, and to loudly demand Zero-cooperation with this horrendous policy!

Despite the real prospect of spending 18 months in prison, “We stand on the right side of history. I am not discouraged,” Patricia said after being sentenced. Our Lady Liberty remains steadfast in her mission to continue campaigning against the immoral and inhumane family separation policies of the Trump administration.

Since Patricia's trial, new information has revealed that the extent of the Trump Administration's outrageous “zero tolerance” policy, which it has consistently LIED to the court and the American people about, is even worse than previously known.

The federal government has ripped apart tender-aged children from nursing mothers. It has flown thousands of young children across the country away from their families and placed them in cages. Some of The Children are being forcibly drugged and others sexually molested in internment camps. There have been deaths of asylum seekers, as young as 7 years old, under the care and custody of border patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As part of our basic right to protest, outlined in the constitution, Patricia climbed the Statue of Liberty to increase awareness of this injustice, and I stand in solidarity with her! When we fell low as a country, Patricia went as high as she could to raise consciousness about these atrocities.

Please set her free to do public service not jail time.

Onward to peace and justice with love,

Who's signing

Alexistori Gonzalez
Joan Dowling
Alexistori Gonzalez
Tania Smith
Lily Stango
Joy Johnson
Andrea Todd
Claudia Velandia-Onofre
lois barnett barnett
Mary Hawkins
Diane Chavez
John Dunn
Bruce Kahn
Denise Romesburg
John Christine
Charlotte Koons
Alice Sturm Sutter
Janet Harmon
Constance Mancuso
Janet Weidman
Susan Caswell
Roberta Frye
Al Justeco
Kristine Moore
Joan Lobell
Pam Kennedy
Thomas Bain
Barbara Njos
207 signatures

Will you sign?


  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-05-28 09:17:07 -0400
  • Joan Dowling
    signed 2020-04-27 14:28:37 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2020-04-25 15:15:46 -0400
    Sign the letter to U.S. Attorney Berman: Drop Charges Against Patricia Okoumou! No jail time for #LadyLibertyClimber! REUNITE ALL FAMILIES! BUILD BRIDGES, NOT WALLS! #ReturnTheChildren #WeDoCare https://www.codepink.org/us_attorney_berman_drop_charges_against_patricia_okoumou?recruiter_id=767336
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-04-25 15:15:38 -0400
  • Tania Smith
    signed 2019-11-02 23:50:58 -0400
  • Lily Stango
    signed via 2019-07-02 20:41:15 -0400
  • Joy Johnson
    signed 2019-03-30 17:59:10 -0400
  • Andrea Todd
    signed 2019-03-01 14:26:39 -0500
  • Claudia Velandia-Onofre
    signed 2019-02-28 12:06:57 -0500
    Patricia Okoumou stands on the right side of History. She should not be punished for standing up for the Children ripped from their families, we should all be standing up for the children and for her. I Stand with Patricia Okoumou! WE STAND UNITED!
  • lois barnett barnett
    signed 2019-02-25 00:54:50 -0500
    PLEASE let her time served be for community service instead of jail.
  • Mary Hawkins
    signed 2019-02-24 19:48:47 -0500
    Patricia is an amazing activist and role model for all of us.
  • Diane Chavez
    signed 2019-02-15 01:31:42 -0500
  • John Dunn
    signed 2019-02-14 17:33:43 -0500
  • Bruce Kahn
    signed 2019-02-14 12:11:51 -0500
  • Dee Romesburg
    @mysanal tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-13 20:29:26 -0500
    Sign the letter to U.S. Attorney Berman: Drop Charges Against Patricia Okoumou! No jail time for #LadyLibertyClimber! REUNITE ALL FAMILIES! BUILD BRIDGES, NOT WALLS! #ReturnTheChildren #WeDoCare https://www.codepink.org/us_attorney_berman_drop_charges_against_patricia_okoumou?recruiter_id=580303
  • Denise Romesburg
    signed 2019-02-13 20:29:14 -0500
  • John Christine
    signed 2019-02-13 12:50:19 -0500
  • Charlotte Koons
    signed 2019-02-12 21:44:39 -0500
    You all are my SHEROS!
  • Alice Sturm Sutter
    signed 2019-02-12 16:40:38 -0500
    We need to Honor Patricia for standing up for human rights for all!
  • Janet Harmon
    signed 2019-02-12 16:24:55 -0500
  • Constance Mancuso
    signed 2019-02-12 15:25:46 -0500
    She didn’t damage the statue or anyone there,so why should she go to jail?
  • Janet Weidman
    signed 2019-02-12 02:15:50 -0500
  • Susan Caswell
    signed 2019-02-12 01:36:32 -0500
    You have better things to do than punish a righteous protester— what we have allowed traitor trump to do to those families and their children is beyond horrific—traumatizing for life— only that lying cesspool of corruption and hatred should be looking at jail Not this conscience for good and what is right. Let her do public service and she has already done.
  • Roberta Frye
    signed 2019-02-11 23:41:26 -0500
  • Al Justeco
    signed via 2019-02-11 23:16:12 -0500
    Seriously? She climbed up and sat there, as in the picture? And they want to send her to jail for 18 months for that? This is the exact point of The Statue of Liberty! People coming to the USA to be free! The people prosecuting this woman should be ashamed.
  • Kristine Moore
    signed 2019-02-11 19:57:51 -0500
  • Joan Lobell
    signed 2019-02-11 18:54:09 -0500
    Trump’s hypocrisy is rampant and should be ridiculed, not supported. His wife’s parents were welcomed into the USA while his inhumane policies victimizing tiny immigrant children and their parents were in process. We know nothing of Melania’s parents, and judging by who else hangs out with Trump, they are probably people most of us would not want to know or have anything to do with.
  • Pam Kennedy
    signed 2019-02-11 17:22:13 -0500
    This brave and peaceful protest should not be treated as a crime. Please let Patricia Okoumou do community service instead. She is an activist who deserves a way to be productive during this time!
  • Thomas Bain
    signed 2019-02-11 16:46:29 -0500
  • Barbara Njos
    signed 2019-02-11 16:02:29 -0500

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Patricia Okoumou holding a copy of this letter with CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans.