“Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady who I care so much about said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could.” Therese Patricia Okoumou, DRC born, United States Naturalized Citizen.
A day after scaling the base of the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day, Rise and Resist activist Therese Patricia Okoumou pleaded not guilty to three federal charges that could put her in federal prison for up to 1.5 years.
Released on her own recognizance, Okoumou wore a “White Supremacy is Terrorism” T-shirt for a press conference following her arraignment, where she spoke for the first time about her actions.
“Our beloved First Lady who I care so much about said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could,” Okoumou said to a cheering audience of supporters.
‘In a democracy we do not put children in cages, there is no debating it. Nothing can justify this, noted this courageous activist and American hero, whose climb has attracted the attention of the world.
The case has been remanded to August 03.
See the video statement as delivered by Okoumou as followed by press questions…
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Comment by Melanie Nathan:
When we come to America as immigrants and take the oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, unlike this 45th President of the United States, who has repeatedly insulted and assaulted the U.S. Constitution, our oath is our lifeblood and our bond – and – we mean business!
#AbolishICE #IsupportPatricia #AmericanHero