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Mónica Novoa

Mónica Novoa
Drop the I-Word Campaign Coordinator
Brooklyn, NY

Mónica Novoa is coordinator of the Drop the I-Word public education campaign, a platform for people nationwide to drop the dehumanizing, racist slur “illegals," and to ask that the media do the same. Ms. Novoa is a seasoned communications strategist and organizer and has implemented campaigns across issues, including immigration, preventive healthcare, technology and early literacy with the Matea Group in Washington, D.C., and Cause Communications and Ruder Finn in Los Angeles. Ms. Novoa is on the board of Homies Unidos, an organization dedicated to gang prevention and intervention with families and youth in Los Angeles. She has a degree in English Literature from California State University at Northridge, where she also helped establish both the nation’s first Central American Studies Program and research institute. Ms. Novoa lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Monica tweets at @MoniNovoa, and manages @DropTheIWord.

The Associated Press' Developing, Conflicted Policy on the I-Word

The Associated Press’ Developing, Conflicted Policy on the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on October 23 2012, 11:14AM

The AP’s policy updates are hopeful, because they articulate all of the evidence necessary to stop calling people “illegal.” Now the organization just needs to take its own advice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Media

MSNBC's Chris Hayes Hosts Conversation on the 'i-word'

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Hosts Conversation on the ‘i-word’

by Mónica Novoa on October 8 2012, 3:01PM

On this weekend’s ‘Up With Chris Hayes”, panelists talked about the merits — and pitfalls — of using the phrase “undocumented immigrant.”

Topics: /NOW

The New York Times is Feeling the Pressure Over Its I-Word Stance

The New York Times is Feeling the Pressure Over Its I-Word Stance

by Mónica Novoa on October 4 2012, 2:20PM

The Times is standing by its use of the word “illegal” in reference to undocumented immigrants. But they’re taking heat for it.

Topics: /NOW

Numbers USA Ad Pits Black Voters Against Immigrants

Numbers USA Ad Pits Black Voters Against Immigrants

by Mónica Novoa on October 4 2012, 11:58AM

Conservatives are trying old tactics to divide and conquer communities of color.

Topics: /NOW

Latino Stereotypes Thrive in the Media, Negative Attitudes Dominate

Latino Stereotypes Thrive in the Media, Negative Attitudes Dominate

by Mónica Novoa on September 20 2012, 12:04PM

An important new study has confirmed many of our hunches about how negative media narratives and portrayals of brown people play out in the minds of non-Latinos.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

When It Comes to Children and the Immigration Debate, Words Matter

When It Comes to Children and the Immigration Debate, Words Matter

by Mónica Novoa on August 31 2012, 10:14AM

The i-word, like other harmful language, makes the village that’s supposed to be raising the child feel really unsafe.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Charlotte Journalists Pledge Humane Treatment of Immigrant Subjects

Charlotte Journalists Pledge Humane Treatment of Immigrant Subjects

by Mónica Novoa on July 12 2012, 10:23AM

A youth-led campaign for media reform adds the city’s large alternative weekly to the list of local journalists who have vowed to Drop the I-Word.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration, Media

The People of Arizona Won't Comply With Hate

The People of Arizona Won’t Comply With Hate

by Mónica Novoa on June 26 2012, 9:18AM

Lost in the legal back-and-forth of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 is a simple fact: immigrants are human beings, and this fight is deeply personal.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Drop the I-Word

El Salvador's Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

El Salvador’s Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

by Mónica Novoa on June 25 2012, 9:58AM

Activists in the United States are watching closely as El Salvador works to address the root causes of gang violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Global Affairs

La Casa Azul Becomes East Harlem's Little Bookstore That Could

La Casa Azul Becomes East Harlem’s Little Bookstore That Could

by Mónica Novoa on June 12 2012, 9:44AM

At a time when many mainstream booksellers and publishers are struggling to survive, a new independent Latino-owned bookstore in East Harlem showed that community support can be strong business capital.

Topics: Arts & Culture

One Runner's Step-by-Step Path to Justice

One Runner’s Step-by-Step Path to Justice

by Mónica Novoa on May 30 2012, 10:00AM

Donna Hernández gives us her personal story of how running changed the way she dealt with stress, and approached social justice work.

Topics: Health

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

by Mónica Novoa on May 30 2012, 10:00AM

People dedicated to racial justice are often so focused on strengthening our communities, we fail to remain healthy ourselves. Monica Novoa speaks with organizers who are helping the movement mind its own mental health.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Health

Undocumented Mothers Have Dreams, Too

Undocumented Mothers Have Dreams, Too

by Mónica Novoa, Angy Rivera on May 11 2012, 9:01AM

One young undocumented activists is tired of politicians talking about the “poor choices” of immigrant parents. So she gave her mom a chance to set the record straight.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Who's Working to Build a Better Future in Los Angeles? Start Here

Who’s Working to Build a Better Future in Los Angeles? Start Here

by Mónica Novoa on May 8 2012, 10:06AM

From buses to community re-entry programs, the people of Los Angeles have spent the past two decades working tirelessly to transform the city’s racial and economic landscape. Here are three groups whose work stands out.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots

The Supreme Court and Dangerous Immigration Metaphors

The Supreme Court and Dangerous Immigration Metaphors

by Mónica Novoa on April 27 2012, 12:15PM

Referring to people with as “illegals” is equivalent to referring to defendants awaiting trial as “convicted criminals.”

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Drop the I-Word

UndocuMemes Show What's So Funny About Today's Immigration Battle

UndocuMemes Show What’s So Funny About Today’s Immigration Battle

by Mónica Novoa on April 17 2012, 9:01AM

The big message here from activists? We’re human, and we can laugh, too.

Topics: Immigration

Does George Zimmerman's Ethnicity Matter?

Does George Zimmerman’s Ethnicity Matter?

by Mónica Novoa on April 11 2012, 9:36AM

Zimmerman’s seemingly mixed identity has sparked a critical, if difficult dialogue about the entrenched nature of institutional racism. Monica Novoa talks to South L.A. organizer Alberto Retana about racism and racial justice among Latinos.

Topics: Trayvon Martin

Young Undocumented Activists Stand Up for Their Parents' Dreams

Young Undocumented Activists Stand Up for Their Parents’ Dreams

by Mónica Novoa on April 5 2012, 9:27AM

When it comes to the DREAM Act, it’s been far too easy for some politicians to play the parent blame game. But activists refuse to throw their parents under the bus. We talked to both young people and their parents about their visions of justice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration

The Horrific Death of Shaima Alawadi and the Many Lessons of Hate

The Horrific Death of Shaima Alawadi and the Many Lessons of Hate

by Mónica Novoa on March 30 2012, 9:53AM

The brutal slaying of a young Iraqi mother proves that hate language isn’t just about hurt feelings.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

by Mónica Novoa on March 27 2012, 10:58AM

Monica Novoa speaks with Leilani Montes, a transnational mujer who celebrates and weaves the roles of organizer and advocate across her professional, activist and personal life.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Gender & Sexuality, Immigration

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