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Society of Professional Journalists Drop the I-Word

Society of Professional Journalists Drop the I-Word

By S. Leigh Thompson on October 3, 2011 7:07 AM

We’re so excited to announce that the Society for Professional Journalists have passed a resolution to stop using the phrase “illegal alien” and to for journalists to continue “discussion and re-evaluation of the use of illegal immigrant in news stories.” Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: National Center for Transgender Equality

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 28, 2011 11:52 AM

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: The National Center for Transgender Equality Vincent Paolo Vilano is the Communications Manager for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), an organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and… Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend/Foe: Sally Kohn and Republican Candidates

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend/Foe: Sally Kohn and Republican Candidates

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 23, 2011 1:08 PM

This week’s Drop the I-Word Friday Foes are the Republican candidates for President, and the Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is Sally Kohn for tweeting to media to drop the i-word. Read More

CNN en Español uses I-Word

CNN en Español uses I-Word

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 21, 2011 1:44 PM

On Twitter, @alonsochehade asked us:@droptheiword What do you think about Dreamer Jennifer Lopez subtitle on @CNNEE “Inmigrante Ilegal”? bit.ly/paSDcnWell we do not like it one bit.CNN en Español, the Spanish-language arm of CNN in the U.S., recently underwent a rebranding… Read More

Journalists Unite to Drop the I-Word

Journalists Unite to Drop the I-Word

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 19, 2011 1:10 PM

Drop the I-Word is excited to count UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. into its growing list of endorsers. Read More

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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”.