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

Kathleen Watson
Jennifer Scott
Glen Bennett
Andreas Gurewich
Deidra Smith
Sara Nutter
Henry Deane
Bob Burchman
Sylvia Borgmeier
Linda Morse
Carol Ezell
melek korel
Arlene Chávez
Joan Agro
Pedro Cano
William Snavely
Nancy Sopher
Gail Caswell
Patricia Macleod
rich c
Cynthia Papermaster
Jules La Rosa
Arnold Gore
Linda Faste
Corinne Smith
Monique Caulfield
Ron Javorsky
susan bower bower
Corla Coles
207 signatures

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  • Kathleen Watson
    signed 2019-02-11 16:01:34 -0500
  • Jennifer Scott
    signed 2019-02-11 14:16:01 -0500
  • Glen Bennett
    signed 2019-02-11 13:28:32 -0500
  • Andreas Gurewich
    signed 2019-02-11 13:16:19 -0500
  • Deidra Smith
    signed 2019-02-11 12:24:38 -0500
  • Sara Nutter
    signed 2019-02-11 12:21:39 -0500
  • Henry Deane
    signed 2019-02-11 12:04:35 -0500
  • Bob Burchman
    signed 2019-02-11 12:04:30 -0500
  • Sylvia Borgmeier
    signed via 2019-02-11 11:49:49 -0500
  • Linda Morse
    signed 2019-02-11 11:26:46 -0500
    Our heroes should be exalted, not imprisoned.

    Please find it in your heart to request community service hours for this great woman. Thank you.

    Janice Tebo
  • Carol Ezell
    signed 2019-02-11 10:40:19 -0500
  • Melek Korel
    @Melek__Korel tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-11 10:11:47 -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=574613
  • melek korel
    signed 2019-02-11 10:11:35 -0500
  • Arlene Chávez
    signed 2019-02-11 10:03:41 -0500
  • Joan Agro
    signed 2019-02-11 09:55:20 -0500
  • Pedro Cano
    signed 2019-02-11 09:18:01 -0500
    Pedro O Cano
  • William Snavely
    signed 2019-02-11 08:49:54 -0500
  • Nancy Sopher
    signed 2019-02-11 08:21:06 -0500
  • Gail Caswell
    signed 2019-02-11 07:19:38 -0500
  • Patricia Macleod
    signed 2019-02-11 05:40:50 -0500
    Patricia English We are all forced to become colluders in child abuse because that is how our tax dollars are misused.
  • rich c
    signed 2019-02-11 01:49:32 -0500
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    signed 2019-02-11 01:36:25 -0500
  • Jules La Rosa
    signed 2019-02-11 01:22:32 -0500
  • Arnold Gore
    signed 2019-02-11 00:37:34 -0500
  • Linda Faste
    signed 2019-02-11 00:20:08 -0500
  • Corinne Smith
    signed 2019-02-11 00:02:39 -0500
  • Monique Caulfield
    signed 2019-02-11 00:01:25 -0500
  • Ron Javorsky
    signed 2019-02-10 23:50:28 -0500
  • susan bower bower
    signed 2019-02-10 23:11:38 -0500
    Patricia stands for mothers everywhere, none of whom would want their children, especially infants and toddlers torn from them particularly when those mothers are making brave efforts on their children’s behalf. Bless you Patricia!
  • Corla Coles
    signed 2019-02-10 22:52:33 -0500
    The emotional damage done to these families will never be mended. Patricia deserves blessings for her actions, not jail time.

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