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,

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  • Douglas Estes
    signed 2019-02-10 15:55:32 -0500
  • Mary Gillespie
    signed 2019-02-10 15:53:23 -0500
  • Bill Whitt
    signed 2019-02-10 15:49:55 -0500
  • Susan Tribble
    signed 2019-02-10 15:49:45 -0500
    Please let Patricia serve her time doing community service. Separating children from their parents is horrible. What does imprisoning her for protesting that practice accomplish?
  • Michelle Krupkin
    signed 2019-02-10 15:40:43 -0500
  • Barbara and Jim Dale
    signed 2019-02-10 15:40:19 -0500
    Jail time for the charges imposed seems harsh. Community service would be more appropriate.
  • Paul Peckham
    signed 2019-02-10 15:39:17 -0500
  • Harold Watson
    signed 2019-02-10 15:17:42 -0500
  • Françoise Corgier
    signed 2019-02-10 15:11:49 -0500
  • Alexandra morgan
    signed 2019-02-10 15:04:59 -0500
  • Amanda Starbuck
    signed 2019-02-10 14:40:33 -0500
  • Brian Dalton
    signed 2019-02-10 14:33:03 -0500
  • Marie Fitzsimmons
    @mfitzsimmons40 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-10 14:32:34 -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=424143
  • Marie Fitzsimmons
    signed 2019-02-10 14:32:18 -0500
  • Emilie Marlinghaus
    signed 2019-02-10 14:27:21 -0500
    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Elie Wiesel -
  • Annemarie Kramp
    signed 2019-02-10 14:23:33 -0500
  • Philip Montfort
    signed 2019-02-10 14:20:15 -0500
  • pedro guevara
    signed 2019-02-10 14:17:28 -0500
    Give this Peace Warrior a medal, Not jail ! More people Must stand up for Justice!
  • Charlotte Casey
    signed 2019-02-10 14:17:07 -0500
  • Jules Beswick
    signed 2019-02-10 14:14:17 -0500
  • Anne G. Woodhead
    signed 2019-02-10 14:13:13 -0500
  • virginia bzdek
    signed 2019-02-10 14:09:15 -0500
  • brigitte ladisch
    signed 2019-02-10 14:06:27 -0500
  • Katja Guenther
    signed 2019-02-10 14:04:02 -0500
  • Tammy Cook
    signed 2019-02-10 13:53:09 -0500
  • Toni Burton
    @MissAutumnMoon tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-10 13:51:03 -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=700642
  • Toni Burton
    signed 2019-02-10 13:50:45 -0500
  • Maureen Cruise
    signed 2019-02-10 13:49:30 -0500
    It is a horrifying situation to be a citizen of a country that routinely brutalizes, maims and murders innocent people at home and abroad in their own homes, and then jails those who protest the brutality. This country has become a nightmare for people of conscience. I am a 68 year old who is fourth generation American born. I no longer believe the American dream is anywhere near a reality. It remains a nightmare for those who care. We need a justice system of, by, and for the people to counter the political tragedy we are living in. Please honor the purpose and the spirit of the law…to serve the people. Our justice system should reflect that purpose. Patricia is a shero standing up for innocent lives of children, parents and families being destroyed. Decency dictates that Patricia Okoumou should never spend one day in jail. She should be free to continue her service to humanity.
  • Anne Hemenway
    signed 2019-02-10 13:48:12 -0500
  • Camille Herrick
    signed 2019-02-10 13:45:07 -0500
    Separating children from their parents is abhorent. it is inhumane and morally wrong. We as Americans must protest this unconscionable act. Patricia Okoumou did nothing violent. Let her perform public service for her standing up to an atrocity committed by our government.
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Patricia Okoumou holding a copy of this letter with CODEPINK Co-Founder Jodie Evans.