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New Video Asks What Would Your Immigrant Ancestors Think of the I-Word?

New Video Asks What Would Your Immigrant Ancestors Think of the I-Word?

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 12, 2011 6:27 AM

In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Drop the I-Word hits the New York City streets to talk to the people about immigration and the i-word Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend/Foe: WSOCTV and Fox News

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend/Foe: WSOCTV and Fox News

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 9, 2011 1:50 PM

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. We also designate a Drop the I-Word Friday Foe. Our… Read More

Comedian Hari Kondabolu Addresses Racial Stereotypes

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 8, 2011 1:23 PM

Comedian Hari Kondabolu points out hypocrisy in racial stereotypes in this hilariously funny stand-up clip. After all, who wants liberation without laughter? Read More

How to Tweet for Drop the I-Word

How to Tweet for Drop the I-Word

By S. Leigh Thompson on September 7, 2011 8:09 AM

Want to use Twitter to encourage people to drop the i-word? Here are some tips to get you started.Sign Up on Twitter! It’s easy to get a Twitter account, just click here to get started. And don’t forget to follow… Read More

Michigan Roman Catholic Bishops Statement on Immigration

Michigan Roman Catholic Bishops Statement on Immigration

By S. Leigh Thompson on August 24, 2011 10:22 AM

The Roman Catholic Bishops in Michigan released a statement taking a stance on immigration, referencing the problematic lack of effective federal immigration policy and stresses the need to stop blaming individuals for a “failed policy.” 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”.