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Drop the I-Word

Nobody is illegal! Join in the campaign to Drop the I-Word. Get more info and sign the pledge at the ColorLines.com/DropTheIWord.

Drop the I-Word: I Am...Rising to the Challenge

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Rising to the Challenge

by Mónica Novoa on May 20 2011, 10:02AM

I’m just a student without papers, but I’m organizing to get them. Do you think you can use “undocumented student” instead? Or call me David?

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...Home, Both Here and There

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Home, Both Here and There

by Mónica Novoa on May 19 2011, 10:05AM

I value New York City and Brooklyn in particular, because I feel at home amongst so many people who claim home both here and elsewhere, just like I do.

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...an Ally, Activist and Friend

Drop the I-Word: I Am…an Ally, Activist and Friend

by Mónica Novoa on May 18 2011, 9:02AM

My family’s history represents the painful stain of injustice in the U.S. says Karume James in explaining why he has joined the movement.

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La Juventud de Charlotte, NC. Consigue apoyo a Ningún Ser Humano es Ilegal

La Juventud de Charlotte, NC. Consigue apoyo a Ningún Ser Humano es Ilegal

by Mónica Novoa on May 5 2011, 1:30PM

En pocas horas, estudiantes colectaron mas de 1,200 firmas de personas prometiendo no llamarle “ilegal” a ningún ser humano e instando que los medios y políticos prometan igual.

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Youth Drum Up Support for Dropping the I-Word in Charlotte, NC

Youth Drum Up Support for Dropping the I-Word in Charlotte, NC

by Mónica Novoa on May 5 2011, 12:18PM

The students rallied more than 1,200 people to sign pledge cards to drop the i-word in just a matter of hours.

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 Drop the I-Word: I Am...Fighting for the Right to Love

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Fighting for the Right to Love

by Mónica Novoa on May 4 2011, 3:05PM

To love and be loved are human rights that no one should be denied.

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TAKE ACTION--Nobody Is

TAKE ACTION—Nobody Is “Illegal,” Pass It On

by Mónica Novoa on April 29 2011, 9:37AM

Help build the movement by telling five friends to join you in dropping the i-word.

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...a Retired Minister Who Wants Humane Reform

Drop the I-Word: I Am…a Retired Minister Who Wants Humane Reform

by Mónica Novoa on April 22 2011, 9:01AM

Ed Keener from Boise, Idaho, is the latest to offer a personal testimony on why it’s time to Drop the I-Word.

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La Violencia Casual que Deshumaniza el Lenguaje Racial

La Violencia Casual que Deshumaniza el Lenguaje Racial

by Mónica Novoa on April 20 2011, 9:13PM

José Gutiérrez Guzmán es la ultima persona que sufre violencia a las manos de agentes fronterizos, pero no será el ultimo si continua el robo de la humanidad de personas migrantes.

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The Casual Violence That Dehumanizing Language Breeds Photo

The Casual Violence That Dehumanizing Language Breeds

by Mónica Novoa on April 20 2011, 9:21AM

José Gutiérrez Guzmån is the most recent person to suffer out-of-scale violence from border agents, but he won’t be the last if we continue robbing migrants of their humanity.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration

Edhelper Removes Racist Homework Assignment

Edhelper Removes Racist Homework Assignment

by Mónica Novoa on March 30 2011, 5:38PM

Thanks to all of our readers who took action.

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...a Human Being

Drop the I-Word: I Am…a Human Being

by Mónica Novoa on March 30 2011, 10:23AM

I do not live in a state of victimhood. Illegal is not a state of being.

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Georgia 3rd Graders Asked What U.S. Does to 'Illegal Aliens'

Georgia 3rd Graders Asked What U.S. Does to ‘Illegal Aliens’

by Mónica Novoa on March 25 2011, 2:18PM

Parents are outraged over the homework assignment. Here’s what you can do.

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Virgil Peck's Idea To Hunt Immigrants Like Hogs Began With the I-Word

Virgil Peck’s Idea To Hunt Immigrants Like Hogs Began With the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on March 22 2011, 12:35PM

When criminalizing slurs are the norm, there’s no limit for acceptable discourse—or policy.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration

Drop the I-Word: I Am...Defending My Dignity

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Defending My Dignity

by Mónica Novoa on March 18 2011, 11:21AM

“‘Illegal is illegal’ is straightforward logic to a kid, and at 12 it had paralyzed me,” David explains.

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic

by Mónica Novoa on March 17 2011, 12:19PM

“I remember just sitting there thinking, ‘One day I will be sharing my story, and I will not be ashamed of being undocumented,’” says Dayanna Rebolledo

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...FREE!

Drop the I-Word: I Am…FREE!

by Mónica Novoa on March 16 2011, 3:11PM

“Today, I come out publicly undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic and now I am FREE.”

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...Undocumented

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Undocumented

by Mónica Novoa on March 15 2011, 9:53AM

“I am very much like everybody in this university, except for a nine-digit number to identify me.” The latest testimony in honor of Coming Out of the Shadows Week.

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Drop the I-Word: I Am...Ready to Come Out

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Ready to Come Out

by Mónica Novoa on March 14 2011, 10:04AM

The death of Andrea Rosales’s grandfather reminds her why she’s standing up for immigrant rights. Her essay kicks off Coming Out of the Shadows Week.

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The Legacy of Romero and Sanctuary's Truth Tellers

The Legacy of Romero and Sanctuary’s Truth Tellers

by Mónica Novoa on March 9 2011, 5:17PM

Faith-based activism for immigrant rights has been crucial since the 1980s.

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