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

Ken McDaniel
Prisca Gloor
Ellen Koivisto
Mark M Giese
Susan Heeres
Sandra Oliver-Poore
Bernadette Cronin-Geller
Helen Sanchez
Penny Cragun
Ruth Frankel
Julie Watkins
Virginia Iadicicco
Martin Oliver
jean mckay
Salaam Odeh
Danielle Audet
MARY Lou Langenhop
Chris Chaplin
Kevin Gallagher
Amrita Burdick
Mary Sherwood
David Mayer
Joanna Taylor
Gail Farrington Breakey
Carol Masters
Caroline Good Good
Lucille Gervase Gervase
Lorilee House
Kristina Wolf
207 signatures

Will you sign?


  • Ken McDaniel
    signed 2019-02-10 21:52:20 -0500
  • Prisca Gloor
    signed 2019-02-10 21:50:16 -0500
  • Ellen Koivisto
    signed 2019-02-10 21:44:43 -0500
  • Mark M Giese
    signed 2019-02-10 21:25:16 -0500
  • Susan Heeres
    signed 2019-02-10 21:15:22 -0500
    No one should go to jail for protesting inhumane policies.
  • Sandra Oliver-Poore
    signed 2019-02-10 20:43:54 -0500
  • Bernadette Cronin-Geller
    signed 2019-02-10 20:29:51 -0500
  • Helen Sanchez
    signed 2019-02-10 19:24:21 -0500
  • Penny Cragun
    signed 2019-02-10 19:22:20 -0500
  • Ruth Frankel
    signed 2019-02-10 18:51:45 -0500
    Thanks to Patricia for this act of courage.
  • Julie Watkins
    signed 2019-02-10 18:43:02 -0500
  • Virginia Iadicicco
    signed 2019-02-10 18:37:55 -0500
  • Martin Oliver
    signed 2019-02-10 18:31:10 -0500
  • jean mckay
    signed 2019-02-10 18:25:35 -0500
    Thank You, Patricia. Praying for a good outcome.
  • Salaam Odeh
    signed 2019-02-10 18:21:23 -0500
  • Danielle Audet
    signed 2019-02-10 18:07:30 -0500
  • MARY Lou Langenhop
    signed 2019-02-10 17:59:16 -0500
  • Chris Chaplin
    @ChraChris tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-10 17:44:58 -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=725163
  • Chris Chaplin
    signed 2019-02-10 17:44:38 -0500
    Patricia’s actions are exemplary and admirable, unlike those of our government, which continues its indefensible and monstrous policy of separating families. Government officials should be receiving jail time, not peace activists like Patricia. Do what is right.
  • Kevin Gallagher
    signed 2019-02-10 17:38:21 -0500
  • Amrita Burdick
    signed 2019-02-10 17:31:35 -0500
    If we don’t act now to reclaim America’s ethical principles, it is doubtful that democracy — and even the country itself — will long survive. We must turn this around NOW.
  • Mary Sherwood
    signed 2019-02-10 17:30:47 -0500
  • David Mayer
    signed 2019-02-10 17:19:42 -0500
    I do not believe that acts of civil disobedience, especially when no harm was done to other people or property, deserves imprisonment. Community service? Sure!, but not time in prison.
  • Joanna Taylor
    signed 2019-02-10 17:15:00 -0500
  • Gail Farrington Breakey
    signed 2019-02-10 17:03:48 -0500
  • Carol Masters
    signed 2019-02-10 17:02:32 -0500
    Act with love.
  • Caroline Good Good
    signed 2019-02-10 16:42:03 -0500
    It takes a lot of bravery to do that Patricia did, I wish many more of us made such commitments to right heinous wrongs, such as separating children from their parents. Sometimes it takes direct action to get people’s attention. Thank you Patricia, I will pray for you.
  • Lucille Gervase Gervase
    signed 2019-02-10 16:36:59 -0500
  • Lorilee House
    signed 2019-02-10 16:29:29 -0500
    I thank Therese Patricia Okoumou for her act of civil disobedience that exposed our government’s inhumanity toward refugees in contrast with Lady Liberty, a symbol of what our country should represent. Please be kind to Ms. Okoumou during sentencing.
  • Kristina Wolf
    signed 2019-02-10 16:25:06 -0500
    this woman does not deserve punishment for drawing attention to what are supposed to out american ideals. give her community service – that would do so much more 4 our society..

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