Therese Patricia Okoumou made history on July 4th by climbing to the feet of the statue of liberty in New York harbor, refusing to come down until all the caged children seized at the U.S. border were released.
Instead of complying with her humane demand, law enforcement used force to remove Okoumou, jailed her, and then attempted to trivialize her protest by charging the 44 year old immigrant with performing a "dangerous stunt."
I don't know about you, but to me this looks like a woman staging a direct action, not a stunt.
Okoumou put her safety on the line. Reportedly, she was not backed up by the Rise and Resist group she had been demonstrating with. I'm curious about that and looking for confirmation/more information. If I had to guess, I'd say they probably retreated to cafes and continued tweeting out #SecondCivilWarletters which have been cracking me up and sometimes inspiring me as I read the news from home.
My darling wife--Today we celebrate our #IndependenceDay fighting for children at our borders, for the freedom elusive to so many. We just got word of a black woman in another regiment scaling the #StatueOfLiberty. We cheer her!— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) July 5, 2018
My brothers and sisters:— Louis Morgan (@MasterMorgan317) July 4, 2018
I regretfully report that I will not be able to make it to the battlefield for the #SecondCivilWar. I was drafting battle plans in a Starbucks when I was arrested for not buying anything. You must stay strong in my absence. #secondcivilwarletters
Beloved,— Elaina Ramsey (@elainabueno) July 4, 2018
We have reached Fort Indianapolis, where the Holy Family has been captured. What manner of evil is this? Pray for strength to resist such horrors. #SecondCivilWarLetters pic.twitter.com/15p7jlHkSB
A "well regulated" militia the Redhats are not. One need merely shout at them "Jesus was a refugee!", promoting a state of panic and hysteria inducing them to fire aimlessly in all directions. We are running low on almond milk. Pray for our safe return. #Secondcivilwarletters— Mike Kelly (@mikepup) July 4, 2018
My love,— A Touch Of Glitz (@atouchofglitz) July 4, 2018
We are bunkered down in the public library, practically alone...no sign of MAGA troops anywhere yet. We will defend our position by throwing biographies of women like Ruth Baden Ginsburg and Ann Richards at the enemy. The end of war is in sight! #secondcivilwarletters
My Dearest,— Doctor Doom (@VicDoomMD) July 4, 2018
At first we were scared of the enemy artillery, but when we realized their trajectory math was based on the earth being flat, we relaxed. Their shelling has fallen woefully short for days and yet they refuse to recalculate.
Dearest,— Laura Kirk (@LaurakKirk) July 4, 2018
I thought I was at the battleground, but when I arrived, I saw moms marching to keep us safe from gun violence? Can someone tell me where the civil war is?
Laura #secondcivilwarletters #FourthofJuly2018 @MomsDemand @shannonrwatts pic.twitter.com/ZgPY60BAaN