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Celebrate Black History Month: Read The Warmth of Other Suns

By S. Leigh Thompson on January 26, 2012 12:56 PM

For Black History Month read The Warmth of Other Suns with Drop the I-Word and BAJI. Learn how to participate in the conversation! Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: United 4 the Dream (again!)

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: United 4 the Dream (again!)

By S. Leigh Thompson on January 6, 2012 9:31 AM

Youth organizers of United 4 the Dream continue to move and inspire us with their advocacy to drop the i-word. We compiled some of our favorite photos to show you why. Read More

UPDATE: How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

UPDATE: How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

By S. Leigh Thompson on December 28, 2011 9:59 AM

This year we gained valuable allies in our fight to add humane language into the discourse on immigration. But there’s much more to come in 2012. Read More

Charlotte Observer Responds to Drop the I-Word protests

Charlotte Observer Responds to Drop the I-Word protests

By S. Leigh Thompson on December 22, 2011 8:48 AM

Members of youth group United 4 the Dream have been leading a protest (rain or shine) outside the Charlotte Observer this week, demanding they drop “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien.” Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: BAJI

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: BAJI

By S. Leigh Thompson on December 16, 2011 12:12 PM

This week’s Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is BAJI, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, an education and advocacy group comprised of African Americans and black immigrants from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and a great supporter of the Drop the I-Word Campaign. 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”.