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Open letter from Drop the I-Word to The New York Times

Open letter from Drop the I-Word to The New York Times

By Mónica Novoa on October 1, 2012 1:47 PM

Drop the I-Word’s open letter to The New York Times following a blog post about reporter Julia Preston’s reasons for using the i-word. Read More

Julio Salgado: Creating Undocu-Love and Undocu-Queer Art

Julio Salgado: Creating Undocu-Love and Undocu-Queer Art

By Mónica Novoa on March 15, 2012 2:21 PM

Julio Salgado from Dreamers Adrift talks about his identity and the people and movement that inspire him to create Undocu-Queer and Undocu-Love images. Read More

Undocumented Army Wife: “I define myself. My name is Fanny.”

Undocumented Army Wife:

By Mónica Novoa on March 14, 2012 1:07 PM

Fanny Martinez of the Latino Youth Action League shared her story as a grad student and an army wife in a moving speech at this year’s Coming Out of the Shadows rally in Chicago. She wants politicians to stop playing with the lives of undocumented people. Read More

My name is Fernanda; I am UndocuQueer, unafraid, & unashamed!

My name is Fernanda; I am UndocuQueer, unafraid, & unashamed!

By Mónica Novoa on March 13, 2012 12:07 PM

Fernanda Marroquin shares a very personal story about the pain and triumph along her journey as she came out of the shadows and proudly embraced the two sides of her UndocuQueer identity. Read More

I am a Strong and Beautiful Undocumented Leader

I am a Strong and Beautiful Undocumented Leader

By Mónica Novoa on March 12, 2012 9:33 AM

Dulce Guerrero talks about the importance of mental health support for undocumented people and The National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s new UndocuHealth initiative. 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”.