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Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: The Daily Pennslyvanian

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: The Daily Pennslyvanian

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 21, 2011 1:21 PM

Our Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is The Daily Pennsylvanian, for publishing articles devoid of the hateful i-word. Read More

Video from Detention Watch Network Aims to End Mandatory Detention

Video from Detention Watch Network Aims to End Mandatory Detention

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 18, 2011 1:22 PM

In this touching video by the DWN and Dignity, Not Detention, people hold signs expressing several ways in which mandatory detention is destructive and dehumanizing, and share their visions for a future where immigrants are treated with dignity. Read More

Blocked! Court Grants Emergency Stay on Key Parts of Alabama Law

Blocked! Court Grants Emergency Stay on Key Parts of Alabama Law

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 14, 2011 2:37 PM

An appeals court today put brakes on the portion of Alabama’s harsh new immigration law that mandated public schools track students’ immigration status. Two weeks after the law went into effect, reports are mounting of kids avoiding school. Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: 9-year-old Sam

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: 9-year-old Sam

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 14, 2011 8:47 AM

Each week we highlight one person or group as the Drop the I-Word Friday Friend. Our Friends are special advocates who take a stand for undocumented immigrants and against the i-word.—————————————-At 9-years-old, Sam is our youngest Friday Friend to… Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Hari Kondabolu

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Hari Kondabolu

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 7, 2011 9:32 AM

This week’s Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is Hari Kondabolu, whose particular brand of race-smart comedy keeps us laughing, thinking and coming back for more. Read More

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Take the Pledge

I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.

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More Accurate terms

The epithet “illegals” promotes a culture of intolerance and violence toward foreign nationals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color. Say these instead:

  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Unauthorized immigrants
  • NAFTA refugee
  • More in our toolkit

Términos Precisos

El epíteto "ilegales" promueve la cultura de la intolerancia y la violencia hacia los extranjeros, los migrantes indocumentados, y la gente de color. Hay otros términos que podemos usar, por ejemplo:por ejemplo:

  • Migrantes indocumentados
  • Migrantes no-autorizados
  • Refugiados por tratados de libre comercio
  • Vea más en el estuche de herramientas

Who’s Dropping It?

¿Quién esta dejando el epíteto?

  • Alternet
  • Change.org
  • Feministing
  • Freespeech TV
  • GritTV
  • In These Times
  • LinkTV
  • Ms. Magazine
  • The Nation Institute
  • Uprising Radio

See the full list of media outlets and organizations that have pledged to stop the dehumanizing use of the word “illegal”.

Vea la lista completa de organizaciones y fuentes periodísticas que han prometido no usar la deshumanizante palabra “I”.