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Lady Liberty: Activist Patricia Okoumou in Conversation

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

66 West 12th Street, Room 404 66 West 12th Street

Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4th in protest of racist immigration policies, subsequently causing park officials to evacuate 4,500 people from the island for “security concerns”–because an unarmed woman on a statue is a public safety hazard–showed up to her court hearing in a dress reading “I REALLY CARE WHY WON’T U” and “BE BEST” on the back of it. Okoumou, who is an immigrant herself, has pled not guilty to trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct. She is a member of the activist group Rise and Resist, which unfurled an “Abolish I.C.E.” banner at the bottom of the statue. We will ask Patricia to share her experiences as an immigrant, an activist and her use of fashion as performative activism, as well as her upcoming court date.

Presented by Parsons School of Design. 

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Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions

Audience

Students, Faculty, Staff

Theme

Humanity, Society, Social Justice

School

Parsons School of Design, School of Art and Design History and Theory

Topic

Social Justice

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