Patricia Okoumou is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to America from the Congo. She is a member of Rise and Resist. On December 17, 2018, Patricia Okoumou was found guilty of "trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interfering with governmental administration" and faces up to 18 months in federal prison. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 5 2019.
Protesting ICE on July 4 2018
On July 4 2018, Rise and Resist members protested Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Statue of Liberty. One of the Rise and Resist members, Patricia Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty, which led to quite a bit of positive mainstream media coverage. For example, Joy Reid of MSNBC interviewed Patricia Okoumou and Jay W. Walker, members of Rise and Resist. MSNBC did not mention Jay W. Walker's association with the Revolutionary Communist Party. Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic compared Patricia Okoumou to America's founding fathers and called for charges to be dropped against her.
- "Characterizing her expressive protest, Okoumou borrowed Michelle Obama’s bygone phrase, telling reporters Thursday, “‘When they go low, we go high.’ I went as high as I could.” Right or wrong, she embodied the values of the place where she climbed, momentarily drawing the nation’s attention as if to a lit torch held high. A naturalized citizen who immigrated here from the Congo, she appears to be an exemplary fit for “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”"