The right to peaceful protest in the United States is guaranteed by the First Amendment, and few issues have mobilized American citizens to protest more than the separation of families at the border and the detention of children separately from their families.
As the ACLU states, however, that right is not always granted to all citizens.
‘The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy and at the core of the First Amendment. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials sometimes violate this right through means intended to thwart free public expression.’
HOW BRILLIANT! We love her! 💙✊
— Indivisible Network (@IndivisibleNet) August 3, 2018
When first lady Melania Trump tried to profess her concern and support for the children at these internment camps, many felt she showed her true feelings about the issue by wearing a jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” printed across the back. While her PR people, as well as her husband, insisted that the statement was meant as a message to the “fake news media,” there’s no doubt that the move was inappropriate. Perhaps that was just not the day to lodge such a public protest.
Patricia Okoumou, who was arrested for climbing the Statue of Liberty in protest on July 4, speaks – protesting Pence 7/31/18 pic.twitter.com/x3KNQCAg0O
— #TrumpPenceMustGo (@RefuseFascism) August 1, 2018
Activist Patricia Okoumou, the now-famous protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty to bring public awareness to the protest of the human rights abuses inflicted on migrant families appeared in court on Friday in an outfit sure to raise tempers at the White House.
On the back of the jacket were the words, “I really care. Why don’t u?” Underneath those words was “Be Best.”
Crowd gathering here outside Daniel Patrick Moynihan: US Courthouse for Patricia Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty
Supporter chanting “Drop the charges now” pic.twitter.com/vhJj2Aknjk
— #TrumpPenceMustGo (@RefuseFascism) August 3, 2018
“Be Best” is the name of the first lady’s initiative against internet bullying, a cause many find ironic considering her husband’s constant bullying of news reporters, lawmakers, NFL players, his predecessor, his political rival from two years ago, and everyone else who dares speak out against him.
UPDATE ON @POkoumou:
On July 4, Patricia Okoumou spoke out against ICE in an act of civil disobedience. On Friday, August 3, she is going to trial for her righteous actions. Join me in calling on US Attorney Berman to drop the charges against her!
LINK: https://t.co/w38MCAFA36 pic.twitter.com/9LSWFhTfbs
— Blair Imani is ghost-tweeting (@BlairImani) July 30, 2018
Okoumou faces multiple charges and an online petition is circulating in support of her protests.
‘Our national government has ripped apart thousands of families and put young children in cages. As part of our basic right to protest outlined in the constitution, Therese Patricia Okoumou climbed Lady Liberty to raise awareness of this injustice, a pattern wrought against thousands of families over the course of America’s history.’
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