Do you know what to say if a police stops you in the street and asks to search your things?
Do parents have the right to a translator at public schools in California?
Do undocumented workers have the same rights to workers' compensation and overtime as documented immigrants and citizens?
Should you ever tell the police your immigration status?
These are a few of the many questions that 11th grade students at Oakland International High School have been asking about their rights in the United States. For six weeks, they investigated the nuances of our rights in the United States as a part of an interdisciplinary project-based Know Your Rights unit in their Reading and Digital Media Arts classes (with Ms. Aly & Ms. Mallory).
After becoming experts in their rights, the students designed posters and wallet guides as tools to spread the knowledge. They have created strategic plans detailing how they will share their posters and wallet guides, based on location, foot traffic, and time spent in a location. We are all excited to share this knowledge - and all this student-driven hard work - with the wider Oakland community!
OIHS raised initial funds to print these posters and postcards for community organizations, schools and businesses. Thank you to the Rose Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation for their generous support of continued printing costs -- allowing us to provide Know Your Rights posters and postcards to community organizations, free of charge!
If you would like to donate to the cause, or order copies of these posters or postcards for your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request (specifying quantity and which design you would like from this list.)