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Recently, I posted an important update about me on my GoFundMe account: a pregnancy announcement video. Yep, I am pregnant and my baby’s due date is February 13, 2020.
31666550_1562102013706412_r.jpegGoFundMe permits updates on their platform; nonetheless, some donors questioned the legitimacy of my campaign as they were confused about my fundraising goal. They thought my cause had changed. In fact, my cause isn’t different. You donated towards my personal needs, as initially stated in my campaign, to support rent, food, utilities and transportation.

As you know, I have remained one of the most powerful advocates for migrant children terrorized at our southern border by the U.S. government.
31666550_156210289734790_r.jpegWhat you didn't know is that I had to put my second IVF cycle on hold at Institute Marquès (@imarques_ES) to fight for Central American children being separated from their parents by The Trump-zero Tolerance policy on immigration. Read more: https://patriciaokoumou.com/blog/f/patreoncompatriciaokoumou.
Let’s not forget how I threw my body on the line in a manner many people dream of doing. Watch Democracy Now! (@DemocracyNow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12UC55fSREA. Let’s not forget that I was incarcerated several times during my protests on behalf of the children in cages. Let’s not forget that the United States Department of Justice has me on a five-year probation and I had to complete 200 hours of community service. Let’s not forget that I am still facing charges in Austin, Texas for an eight-hour occupation of CEO Juan Sanchez Southwest Key Detention Center. Let’s not forget that Juan Sanchez did resign from his post of 30 years, subsequently 20 days following my climb.
31666550_1562102181559652_r.jpegI’ve never stopped being a strong voice for migrant children in cages. Check out an article Time Magazine published today (07/02/19): https://time.com/5615944/statue-of-liberty-climb-protest-family-separation/. Tempest Tossed has also just published a podcast about my story on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/tempest-tossed/lady-liberty-her-history-and and iTunes
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lady-liberty-her-history-and-her-climber/id1416146764?i=1000443406571.
31666550_1562102238685118_r.jpegGoFundMe has asked and encouraged me to raise money for my IVF treatment and pregnancy. We have come to an agreement and understanding that proceeds from my campaign will go towards this cause as well. I see nothing wrong with it. There will not be a separate campaign though.
31666550_1562103184600387_r.jpegI am a one-person staff handling all my social media accounts on my own, including my website ( http://www.patriciaokoumou.com) and scheduling interviews.

I want everyone to be clear on one important thing about me:

     · There might come times when my needs to function as an advocate for social justice, equality and equity compel me to spend or write checks for posters, signs, messages, logos or banners; thus, money will sometimes go towards such effort in the hope of safeguarding our pursuit for a democratic nation. Many donors do not have a problem with these actions.
31666550_1562102339929809_r.jpeg                                                                                                                                                                                      (Photo Credit: @elise299)
I'd like to emphasis how I have been and continue to be overwhelmed with your messages of love and solidarity from all over the world, especially during our Valentine’s Day Action. I am still very humbled and grateful for your past donations. I am even more committed to this fight with your help. You can pledge to donate on a monthly basis via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/patriciaokoumou, PayPal: http://www.patriciaokoumou.com or check: Patricia Okoumou P.O. Box 10060, Staten Island, NY 10301.
31666550_1562102501714447_r.jpegIf you recall, as we celebrate the one year anniversary of my climb onto the Statue of Liberty, I wanted to express the urgency of stopping our government’s inhumane treatment of migrant children. I wanted no one to forget that children have been put into cages and that we must do everything we can to stop the imprisonment of children.

Even today, many of these children are still in concentration camps. Toddlers are being asked to testify in court. Parents are still torn apart with grief and very little has been done to reunite these families. Tender-aged children are being ripped away from nursing mothers. Young children are sleeping on concrete floors and dying of respiratory illnesses. They are being housed in cells with no soap or other daily personal hygiene. Children are being forced to change babies soaked in diapers. If any one of us had their child locked in a garage without these necessities, Child Protective Services (CPS) and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) will be charging us with child abuse, neglect and endangerment.

Please note that you will receive an email from GoFundMe informing you of this update and offering refunds to anyone who disagrees with my campaign. In the meantime, I am still determined to keep the focus on The Children for as long as it takes. I have had great support through this entire journey.

I would love to continue my activism while pregnant and after the birth of my child, but I cannot do it without adequate resources to sustain my daily needs. The amount you donate doesn’t matter - any support you can provide will help move us forward.
31666550_1562103374574991_r.jpegIf I might add, the United States has a long history or ignoring atrocities. You’ve witnessed the slow response to this cruelty and humanitarian crisis as reports of neglect by the hand of our government have increased significantly, specifically within U.S. Border Patrol facilities in McAllen, Texas and Homestead, Florida. We need to be a strong force that is united to solve our problems because America does not have one issue. History will look back on this period in our country with great derision. The world needs us to step up.
31666550_156210390451957_r.jpegI hope that I can count on your support today. Thank you!
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Recently, I posted an important update about me on my GoFundMe account: a pregnancy announcement video. Yep, I am pregnant and my baby’s due date is February 13, 2020.

GoFundMe permits updates on their platform; nonetheless, some donors questioned the legitimacy of my campaign as they were confused about my fundraising goal. They thought my cause had changed. In fact, my cause isn’t different. You donated towards my personal needs, as initially stated in my campaign, to support rent, food, utilities and transportation.

As you know, I have remained one of the most powerful advocates for migrant children terrorized at our southern border by the U.S. government. What you didn't know is that I had to put my second IVF cycle on hold at Institute Marquès (@imarques_ES) to fight for Central American children being separated from their parents by The Trump-zero Tolerance policy on immigration. Read more: https://patriciaokoumou.com/blog/f/patreoncompatriciaokoumou.

Let’s not forget how I threw my body on the line in a manner many people dream of doing. Watch Democracy Now! (@DemocracyNow): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12UC55fSREA. Let’s not forget that I was incarcerated several times during my protests on behalf of the children in cages. Let’s not forget that the United States Department of Justice has me on five-year probation and I had to complete 200 hours of community service. Let’s not forget that I am still facing charges in Austin, Texas for an eight-hour occupation of CEO Juan Sanchez Southwest Key Detention Center. Let’s not forget that Juan Sanchez did resign from his post of 30 years, subsequently 20 days following my climb.

I’ve never stopped being a strong voice for migrant children in cages. Check out an article Time Magazine published today (07/02/19): https://time.com/5615944/statue-of-liberty-climb-protest-family-separation/. Tempest Tossed has also just published a podcast about my story on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/tempest-tossed/lady-liberty-her-history-and and iTunes
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lady-liberty-her-history-and-her-climber/id1416146764?i=1000443406571.

GoFundMe has asked and encouraged me to raise money for my IVF treatment and pregnancy. We have come to an agreement and understanding that proceeds from my campaign will go towards this cause as well. I see nothing wrong with it. There will not be a separate campaign though. I am a one-person staff handling all my social media accounts on my own, including my website ( http://www.patriciaokoumou.com) and scheduling interviews.

I want everyone to be clear on one important thing about me:

· There might come times when my needs to function as an advocate for social justice, equality and equity compel me to spend or write checks for posters, signs, messages, logos or banners; thus, money will sometimes go towards such effort in the hope of safeguarding our pursuit for a democratic nation. Many donors do not have a problem with this action.

I'd like to emphasis how I have been and continue to be overwhelmed with your messages of love and solidarity from all over the world, especially during our Valentine’s Day Action. I am still very humbled and grateful for your past donations. I am even more committed to this fight with your help. You can pledge to donate on a monthly basis via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/patriciaokoumou, PayPal: http://www.patriciaokoumou.com or check: Patricia Okoumou P.O. Box 10060, Staten Island, NY 10301.

If you recall, as we celebrate the one year anniversary of my climb onto the Statue of Liberty, I wanted to express the urgency of stopping our government’s inhumane treatment of migrant children. I wanted no one to forget that children have been put into cages and that we must do everything we can to stop the imprisonment of children.

Even today, many of these children are still in concentration camps. Toddlers are being asked to testify in court. Parents are still torn apart with grief and very little has been done to reunite these families. Tender-aged children are being ripped away from nursing mothers. Young children are sleeping on concrete floors and dying of respiratory illnesses. They are being housed in cells with no soap or other daily personal hygiene. Children are being forced to change babies soaked in diapers. If any one of us had their child locked in a garage without these necessities, Child Protective Services (CPS) and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) will be charging us with child abuse, neglect and endangerment.

Please note that you will receive an email from GoFundMe informing you of this update and offering refunds to anyone who disagrees with my campaign. In the meantime, I am still determined to keep the focus on The Children for as long as it takes. I have had great support through this entire journey.

I would love to continue my activism while pregnant and after the birth of my child, but I cannot do it without adequate resources to sustain my daily needs. The amount you donate doesn’t matter - any support you can provide will help move us forward.

If I might add, the United States has a long history or ignoring atrocities. You’ve witnessed the slow response to this cruelty and humanitarian crisis as reports of neglect by the hand of our government have increased significantly, specifically within U.S. Border Patrol facilities in McAllen, Texas and Homestead, Florida. We need to be a strong force that is united to solve our problems because America does not have one issue. History will look back on this period in our country with great derision. The world needs us to step up.

I hope that I can count on your support today. Thank you! Share & Donate
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Check out this updated video announcement about my pregnancy.
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Happy Mother's Day, World!

Elizabeth Makouela Okoumou's Raspberry Tree at Roots of Peace Community Garden

Sunday May 05th was my last day at Roots of Peace Community Garden performing the 200 hours of community service that the Department of Justice had imposed upon me as punishment for embarrassing Donald J. Trump and his vile administration. You can read more about how I feel after this accomplishment on my blog ( https://patriciaokoumou.com/blog/f/200-hrs-of-community-service-completed).

Sunday May 12th is Mother's Day in the USA. I will be honoring my late mom (Elizabeth Makouela Okoumou, a/k/a #MaLily) on her first Mother's Day apart from this wicked world although #MaLily would agree that mother's day is every day.

Ma Lily Elizabeth Makouela Okoumou is resting in peace under a raspberry tree at Roots of Peace Community Garden on the North Shore of Staten Island, New York. We planted this raspberry tree and the flowers around it in memory and honor of #MaLily's spiritual strength. She had healing powers. So, come visit this healing tree for sanctuary, peace and harmony with Mother Earth.

I do miss Africa plenty. I want to start a foundation for women in Africa to help build lives and restore the souls of many who have lost hope in humanity. Anyone with such expertise or connection, please do not hesitate to contact me via my website: https://patriciaokoumou.com (under contact us).

Follow me please and ask friends and family members to do the same.

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialpatriciaokoumou
On Instagram: @officialpatriciaokoumou
On Twitter: @pokoumou

If you are a group, an organization or an individual with a large follower, please endorse me today: Group or Organizational Endorsement Only.

Stay up-to-date on what's next with my work and our collective fight for justice. Continue to rally support for my freedom in solidarity with #ReturnTheChildren and #WeDoCare.
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Dearest, I am thankful for your financial contribution to my mom's funeral. I am back to Staten Island, New York.

It was a difficult journey that started with Jomo Kenyatta International Airport denying my entry to Republic of Congo. Because we pressed on and hard, a whole army of friends and supporters helped me bury Elizabeth "Lily" Makouela Okoumou.

I did see your contribution while in Brazzaville, but I could not thank you at the time due to multiple power loss (electricity) and Wi-Fi connection.

Maman Lily Elizabeth Makouela Okoumou had signaled her departure from this earth with lightning and thunderstorm on Mother's Day (Sunday March 31, 2019). She wants us to remember and celebrate that moment as she transitioned from the flesh to the spiritual realm of power. The second lightning we heard and saw happened in the midst of a family argument the day before her burial on Thursday April 04, 2019. She was buried on Friday April 05, 2019. I had a flight scheduled for Saturday April 06, 2019.

My mom has expressed her gratitude from the heavens in many ways. This was remarkable when the family learned after the cemetery that my flight had changed from Saturday April 06, 2019 (economy class) to Friday April 05, 2019 (business class). The message was simple, "This operation was successful. I am grateful for your tenacity. Might you travel in peace. Be blessed, my darling. I will always be present."

I'd like to think that my mom passed away to embark on a special journey. The mission is to figure out what happened to my two nephews who passed away on Wednesday March 13, 2019✌.
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