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

Carla Peterson
John Arnold
Lara Oppenheimer
Regina Sokas
Wade Fulmer
Lorraine Elletson
Janan Apaydin
Gloria Lebowitz
Ursula Mathern
Jan Chastain
Bob Tripp
Lynea Search
Henry Lowendorf
gloriana casey
Malcolm Groome
Anthony Saidy M.D.
Bonnie Korman
Laura Hill
Luis Lozano
Sister Gladys Schmitz
Rana Haugen
Elizabeth Gwynn
Carolyn Knoll
Anna Hennelly
Jane Bowers
Susan Stout
joan schwartz schwartz
Ellen Sturtz
patty Guerrero
207 signatures

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  • Carla Peterson
    signed 2019-02-10 12:06:58 -0500
  • John Arnold
    signed 2019-02-10 12:03:41 -0500
  • Lara Oppenheimer
    signed 2019-02-10 12:02:06 -0500
  • Regina Sokas
    signed 2019-02-10 11:58:48 -0500
  • Wade Fulmer
    signed 2019-02-10 11:55:30 -0500
  • Lorraine Elletson
    signed 2019-02-10 11:53:56 -0500
  • Janan Apaydin
    signed 2019-02-10 11:51:45 -0500
  • Gloria Lebowitz
    signed 2019-02-10 11:49:10 -0500
  • Ursula Mathern
    signed 2019-02-10 11:48:45 -0500
  • Jan Chastain
    signed 2019-02-10 11:42:31 -0500
  • Bob Tripp
    signed 2019-02-10 11:33:18 -0500
  • Lynea Search
    signed 2019-02-10 11:30:06 -0500
    Brave woman!
  • Henry Lowendorf
    signed 2019-02-10 11:28:52 -0500
    Patricia has already done a public service.
  • gloriana casey
    signed 2019-02-10 11:28:41 -0500
    Give Therese Patricia Okoumou COMMUNITY SERVICE! WHY? Because she’s obviously a great and creative organizer—- and she shows the struggles that so many go through to live what America PROMISES! After all, read history and find that when the statue was given as a gift the rich and powerful didn’t want it——BUT the PEOPLE DID want it. And those thousands of pennies from school children changed the view of all, AND we got a statue and an island… named LIBERTY!

    RESPECT history . Patricia and the PEOPLE——because after all a PRECEDENT has been set—-WE the People want Patricia to lead with community service—-she has the desire and the style to make it so!!!!
  • Malcolm Groome
    signed 2019-02-10 11:28:22 -0500
    This brave woman was protesting a grave injustice, inhumane violence against children that may never be healed, and has the sympathy of most Americans. All charge should be dropped. She is a hero. Thank you.
  • Anthony Saidy M.D.
    signed 2019-02-10 11:26:06 -0500
  • Bonnie Korman
    signed 2019-02-10 11:26:04 -0500
    As a nation founded on the highest values of offering asylum, welcoming the stranger, the refugee— the profound symbolism of Lady Liberty, we should be honoring and praising Therese Patricia Okoumou.

    Instead, she is in danger of getting a version of the monstrously inhumane treatment that have befallen thousands of families and children under the current regime of lies, cruelty and what one congresswoman called “state- sponsored child abuse”.

    Free her! Free the families and children!
  • Laura Hill
    signed 2019-02-10 11:21:28 -0500
  • Luis Lozano
    @lbcapomana225 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-10 11:13:33 -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=648476
  • Luis Lozano
    signed 2019-02-10 11:13:27 -0500
  • Sister Gladys Schmitz
    signed 2019-02-10 11:11:49 -0500
  • Rana Haugen
    signed 2019-02-10 11:10:52 -0500
    Please assign public service not jail time to Ms, Okoumou.
  • Elizabeth Gwynn
    signed 2019-02-10 11:08:19 -0500
  • Carolyn Knoll
    signed 2019-02-10 11:06:26 -0500
  • Anna Hennelly
    signed 2019-02-10 11:02:05 -0500
  • Jane Bowers
    signed 2019-02-10 11:01:33 -0500
    Yes, set her free to do public service!
  • Susan Stout
    signed 2019-02-10 10:59:05 -0500
  • joan schwartz schwartz
    signed 2019-02-10 10:59:02 -0500
  • Ellen Sturtz
    signed 2019-02-10 10:58:50 -0500
  • patty Guerrero
    signed 2019-02-10 10:57:58 -0500
    How can we send Patricia to jail for doing such a service to families all over the world? I can’t imagine being separated from my children , esp. by the government in an act they think is the right one. IT ISN’T. COMMUNITY SERVICE IS SOMETHING SHE COULD DO AND WOULD BE GLAD TO DO IT. THANK YOU.

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