The sight of Therese Patricia Okoumou climbing the Statue of Liberty in July may have had some people questioning her mental health, but not only is she perfectly stable, but still working hard for a variety of activist causes. Newsone has some of the latest updates on what she has been up to.
Despite having an upcoming trial for charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, and interference with government agency, she made an appearance in the March For Black Women on Sunday and joined others in calling for a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, and recognized how her protest has impacted others. “I appreciate people being so passionate and excited about my act which opened up the eyes of those who may have been sitting on the coach comfortable with the American dream or being a little selfish,” Okoumou said to Mic. She has also been hard at work teaming with advocates returning detained immigrant children to their families, as well as gun control protests.
Even with legal action on the horizon, it’s clear that this is one voice that’s not going to be silenced.
Here is some of our past coverage of the event that made Okoumou famous:
“The woman(Okoumou) was part of a group of protesters and had declared that she wouldn’t come down until “all the children are released,” a source with the New York Police Department told CNN. This is an obvious reference to Trump’s immigration policy, which was separating children from their families at the border until a recent executive order. This has been a subject of many protests over the last month or so, but perhaps nothing as dramatic as this.
For nearly three hours, Okoumou crossed the base of the statue while authorities tried to talk her down. Officer Brian Glacken explained in a news conference Wednesday evening how 16 officers with the New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit, took part in this combination rescue and apprehension effort.
“At first, she wasn’t friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while,” said Glacken.
“She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas. I guess the whole debate that’s going on about that. In the beginning, she threatened to push us off, push the ladder off, but we stayed with her,” Glacken added. “At first she was being a little combative, then she was willing to cooperate with us. She actually apologized to us for having to go up and get her,” he added.