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Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Steve Kleinedler

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Steve Kleinedler

By S. Leigh Thompson on December 9, 2011 6:06 AM

Our Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is the Steve Kleinedler, Executive Editor of New American Heritage Dictionary, for amending the definition of “anchor baby” to reflect the term as offensive. Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: United 4 the Dream

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: United 4 the Dream

By S. Leigh Thompson on December 2, 2011 1:20 PM

Our Drop the I-Word Friday Friend is United 4 the Dream (U4TD), a youth organizing group in the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, North Carolina. U4TD has been organizing a local Drop the I-Word campaign and has been achieving some great results. Read More

Take Action! Tell the Charlotte Observer to Drop the I-Word

Take Action! Tell the Charlotte Observer to Drop the I-Word

By S. Leigh Thompson on November 30, 2011 11:07 AM

Drop the I-Word is launching an effort to tell the Charlotte Observer to drop the i-word. Take action. Send a letter today. Read More

Let Jonathan and Issac Go Home

Let Jonathan and Issac Go Home

By S. Leigh Thompson on November 21, 2011 1:15 PM

Jonathan and Issac were detained as they protested Alabama’s anti-immigrant law HB56 and they need your help so they can make it home! Click to learn more. Read More

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Alabama 13

Drop the I-Word Friday Friend: Alabama 13

By S. Leigh Thompson on November 18, 2011 2:11 PM

Today’s Drop the I-Word Friday Friends are the Alabama 13, thirteen undocumented immigrants who were arrested on Tuesday in a direct action challenging Alabama’s HB 56, arguably the country’s harshest anti-immigrant law. 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”.