My GoFundMe is on life support! Please donate - any amount will help cover attorney fees, any bail imposed, rent, food and transportation. Thank you again for your generosity #FreeTheChildren.
I am asking moms and dads to hit the streets, march with empty strollers as symbolism of the missing children. Create signs and posters that reads: #ReturnTheChildren.
I, Patricia Okoumou, scaled the Statue of Liberty in the name of justice because this callous administration is in violation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Donation
"When I climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 04, 2018, I wanted to express the urgency of stopping our government’s reprehensible and inhumane treatment of migrant children. I was fearless, bold and brave in the name of justice. I wanted no one to forget that children have been forced into cages and that we must do everything we can to stop the imprisonment of children. Even today many of these children are still in cages. Tender-aged children have been ripped away from nursing mothers. Toddlers are being asked to testify in court. Parents are torn apart with grief and very little has been done to reunite these families. As a matter of facts, Donald J. Trump’s profiteers, his cronies and minions are making billions of dollars on these concentration camps. On September 18th, FEMA chief Brock Long faced an investigation for violating ethics rules. Steve Benen from The MaddowBlog broke this story out, as reported by the Wall Street Journal." @pokoumou
A national symbolic figure who scaled the Statue of Liberty to protest against Donald John Trump’s Zero-tolerance immigration policy is raising funds for my work as an activist and the trouble the government has put me through: home confinement, electronic ankle monitor, five years probation plus 200 hours of community service, including violation of my rights to freely assembled under our constitution. My action on 07/04/18 is supported by the Declaration of Independence. Donate Now!
I am thankful to my friends and supporters who showed up at sentencing, to those who were with me in spirit, to those who updated each other on my sentence and to you for making your financial contribution towards my work today.
Federal Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein has rebuked my activism and bravery on behalf of migrant babies. Someone please read the Declaration of Independence to Judge Gorenstein. Ask him why is he embarrassed to talk about The “migrant” Children in cages. Ask Judge Gorenstein if he doesn’t think that Donald John Trump’s national security declaration is a stunt. Stop being cynical, man!
Trump should be wearing shackles as the government had me on ankle electronic monitor for violating the conditions of my bail. Trump has ignored court orders to reunite the Central American families. He has lied under oath of office; yet, him and his vile administration get a slap on the wrist while I get five years of probation, plus 200 hours of community service. The moral compass of our governmental institutions is bankrupt.
The court had overwhelmed me with the job search that I was extremely exhausted. Nevertheless, #wepersisted and I was able to land a job with Salvage Art Institute. God sent Ms. Elkita Krajewska, the right person to the rescue.
Meanwhile, probation is being incompetent unable to set conditions that fit the crime (petty crime). They have imposed full-time employment when the court is contented with my part-time position as Site Coordinator & Community Liaison for Salvage Art Institute.
Many people are saying that I've already served my community by climbing the Statue of Liberty and attending numerous social justice events since Independence Day.
I am thankful that I am not in jail. I am happy the shackles have come off (no home confinement and stupid rules), but five years of probation is too excessive!
The feds call today (03/22/19) to schedule an appointment for a home visit on Monday. They thought sitting down comfortably is ideal to get acquainted with me. I am not having any of that pep talk in my own home, knowing that the police can place me on a choke-hold without mercy and still get away with murdering a black immigrant woman. We do have a history of police murdering black people without suffering the consequences for their violence.
I am looking forward to the 200 community service. It suits me perfectly as I love helping others and I have already done tons of community services; unfortunately, my activism is being silenced. Let's hope that probation does not ask me to clean some toilets.
I'm raising money for support of my activist work that the Trump's Department of Justice wants to shut down by forcing me to be "employed". Why do white men always have something to say about women and black women in particular? What do they care about food that lands on my table? They don't feed me. I exist by the grace of God and the people who believe in my activism's voice for the voiceless.
Follow me please and ask friends and family members to do the same. Stay up-to-date on what's next with my work and our collective fight for justice.
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Thank you again,
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Send a Valentine’s Day/Dia Del Amor Y La Amistad postcard to show some love to migrant children!