Pick a Spot and Picket!!
1. Find a busy corner, preferably one with traffic lights, so people waiting at red lights will have time to read your signs. If you stand where there is a gas station, convenience store, fast food restaurant or any other parking lot easily accessible, people will be able to pull in to get information.
2. Find a friend or two who are enthusiastic about fighting WASL. Two adults and two students (old enough to be safe on a busy corner) make an impressive protest.
3. Make a sign for each person who will be picketing. Bring extra signs, in case people stop to join you. Some ideas:
v “HONK” with a slashed “WASL”
v BIG RED SLASHED “WASL”
v “OPT OUT of WASL LEGALLY!”
v “STOP FOR BUTTONS AND OPT OUT FORMS”
v MOTHERS AGAINST WASL – THE TEST STOPS HERE!”
v “STOP THE WASL – LET TEACHERS TEACH!”
4. Decide on a day and time and meet at your selected corner. Just after school lets out until after rush hour on weekdays works well. Anytime is a good time on Saturday. An hour or two is a good amount of time, to start.
5. Make sure to have contact information on at least one sign and keep handouts, including opt out forms, handy to give to drivers who might be within reach and want information while the light is read, but remember not to obstruct traffic.
6. Have fun! Be cheerful and polite! Be safe! The right to picket is something everyone should experience at least once during WASL season!