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Therese Patricia Okoumou Scaled the Statue of Liberty to Fight for Immigrant Children

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Therese Patricia Okoumou inspired many when she bravely scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to draw attention to the government’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The activist and a group of protesters from Rise and Resist New York unfurled a banner that read “ABOLISH ICE.” Soon after, Therese climbed to the base of the statue and refused to budge until “all the children are released.” After three hours, police eventually detained Okoumou, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “I was... begging Lady Liberty for rescue, to help us as a nation...I’m not apologetic to standing up for children who are in cages. My act of defiance on the Fourth of July was because of the callous way in which this administration has been dealing with migrant children. To me, it stole something from my soul. I didn’t think we were doing enough."

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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