Not her first or last rodeo.
Via Daily Mail:
The woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day has been revealed to be a Congolese immigrant, 44, who was arrested last year for assaulting a cop at a protest and is said to attend one anti-Trump demonstration a week.
Therese Okoumou, 44, was snatched by police at 6.30pm after two-hours perched on the 89-feet-high pedestal of the New York Harbor monument wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Rise and Resist’ on one side and ‘Trump Care Makes Us Sick’ on the other.
Okoumou lives in Staten Island and arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo 10 years ago. She is highly active in anti-Trump demonstrations and a member of Rise and Resist, which unfurled an ‘abolish ICE’ banner before her climb.
The personal trainer was arrested in August 2017 for trespassing and obstruction of government administration during a demonstration at the New York Department of Labor, reported the New York Daily News.
Okoumou was also charged with misdemeanor assault after striking an officer with her foot while flailing on the ground in an attempt to avoid being put into an ambulance.
Although Rise and Resist say they do not condone her decision to climb the Statue of Liberty, member Jay Walker said she had been a member for ‘four or five months’ who came along to a protest most weeks.
Okoumou has a long history of pursuing anti-discrimination campaigns.
In 2003, she unsuccessfully filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit, claiming racial discrimination after she was fired from a battered woman’s home.
Four years later, she unsuccessfully filed a human rights complaint against a group home in Staten Island for racial discrimination.
And in 2009, she won $1,500 off a towing company, County Recovery, after she accused an employee of calling her a ‘n*****’ and saying she should be shipped back to Africa, reported Heavy.
Tito Rivera, the superintendent in Okoumou’s apartment building, said her latest stunt came as no surprise. ‘She’s very outspoken about the Trump administration,’ he said.