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Mónica Novoa

Mónica Novoa
Drop the I-Word Campaign Coordinator
Brooklyn, NY

Mónica Novoa is coordinator of the Drop the I-Word public education campaign, a platform for people nationwide to drop the dehumanizing, racist slur “illegals," and to ask that the media do the same. Ms. Novoa is a seasoned communications strategist and organizer and has implemented campaigns across issues, including immigration, preventive healthcare, technology and early literacy with the Matea Group in Washington, D.C., and Cause Communications and Ruder Finn in Los Angeles. Ms. Novoa is on the board of Homies Unidos, an organization dedicated to gang prevention and intervention with families and youth in Los Angeles. She has a degree in English Literature from California State University at Northridge, where she also helped establish both the nation’s first Central American Studies Program and research institute. Ms. Novoa lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Monica tweets at @MoniNovoa, and manages @DropTheIWord.

Poll: Half of Latino Voters Think the I-Word Is Offensive

Poll: Half of Latino Voters Think the I-Word Is Offensive

by Mónica Novoa on March 12 2012, 2:24PM

Nearly 50 percent of Latinos who participated in a recent study thought the phrase “illegal immigrant” was offensive. So why do trusted media outlets continue to use it?

Topics: Drop the I-Word

New York Times Offers Apology for Playing Games With People's Lives

New York Times Offers Apology for Playing Games With People’s Lives

by Mónica Novoa on February 21 2012, 9:55AM

But we need to do more to hold media accountable for its depictions of immigrants.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Here Are Easy Ways to Have Tough Talks With Kids About Race

Here Are Easy Ways to Have Tough Talks With Kids About Race

by Mónica Novoa on February 20 2012, 9:28AM

While we may think that we’re protecting kids by not talking to them about race, silence actually does more harm than good. Here’s what one expert says about how to meaningfully talk to kids about racial justice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Is the New York Times Playing Games With People's Lives?

Is the New York Times Playing Games With People’s Lives?

by Mónica Novoa on February 17 2012, 9:52AM

The New York Times uses the i-word as the answer to a crossword clue. Help us reach out to demand a retraction.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Charlotte's First Baby of 2012 Sparks Anti-Latino Hate. It's Time to Drop the I-Word!

Charlotte’s First Baby of 2012 Sparks Anti-Latino Hate. It’s Time to Drop the I-Word!

by Mónica Novoa on January 24 2012, 8:52AM

Some readers in Charlotte were outraged when the paper announced that the city’s first baby was Latino. The vitriolic hate that followed is another stirring example of why it’s important to Drop the I Word.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

by Mónica Novoa on December 20 2011, 9:45AM

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.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Drop the I-Word

American Heritage Editor on 'Anchor Baby' Definition: 'We Were Wrong'

American Heritage Editor on ‘Anchor Baby’ Definition: ‘We Were Wrong’

by Mónica Novoa on December 7 2011, 11:17AM

Monica Novoa sits down with American Heritage Dictionary’s Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler to discuss the why and how they chose to define one of today’s most hot-button slurs.

Topics: Immigration

Beyond Politics: How Undocumented Youth Can Find Emotional Support

Beyond Politics: How Undocumented Youth Can Find Emotional Support

by Mónica Novoa on December 2 2011, 11:30AM

The recent suicide of an undocumented teenager in Texas has shed new light on the unique emotional challenges that face thousands of young people in the U.S.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Tell the Charlotte Observer to Drop the I Word

Tell the Charlotte Observer to Drop the I Word

by Mónica Novoa on November 30 2011, 10:00AM

Young Latino activists in Charlotte are leading the charge to get the city’s leading paper to stop its use of racially charged language. Here’s how you can help.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook, Still Clings to I-Word

The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook, Still Clings to I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on November 10 2011, 10:15AM

AP editors insist that the word is accurate, even though it dehumanizes immigrants. Make your voice heard in time for the 2012 edition.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

New Report Calls Out Hate Speech on Talk Radio

New Report Calls Out Hate Speech on Talk Radio

by Mónica Novoa on November 9 2011, 10:22AM

Researchers at UCLA provide quantitative evidence that hate speech has real and often dangerous consequences for immigrant communities.

Topics: Bullying, Drop the I-Word

Society of Professional Journalists Votes to Drop the I-Word

Society of Professional Journalists Votes to Drop the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on October 4 2011, 9:45AM

Thanks to SPJ’s diversity committee, we’re on our way to accurate coverage of undocumented immigrants in the media.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Learn How and Why Journalists Are Dropping the I-Word

Learn How and Why Journalists Are Dropping the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on September 19 2011, 9:22AM

We brought together ethnic and community media journalists to talk about a Colorlines.com investigation, in which Gabriel Thompson detailed how the right has made racism sound fair in immigration politics. You can listen to the briefing as well!

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What Would Your Immigrant Ancestors Think of the I-Word? Play

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

by Mónica Novoa on September 10 2011, 10:47AM

In this video, Colorlines.com hits the streets of NYC to find out what people know about their families’ immigration history.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Drop the I-Word, Immigration

Tired of Hateful Jokes? Here Are Five Comedians of Color to Watch

Tired of Hateful Jokes? Here Are Five Comedians of Color to Watch

by Mónica Novoa on September 1 2011, 10:09AM

From Margaret Cho to W. Kamau Bell, here are five comedians who don’t bank on fear to get laughs.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Families Fight for Human Rights Over 'Crimmigration'

Families Fight for Human Rights Over ‘Crimmigration’

by Mónica Novoa on August 23 2011, 9:52AM

Manisha Vaze, an organizer for immigrant rights organization Families for Freedom, talks about the group’s approach to meaningful reform.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Kennewick, WA Candidate Says Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Shot

Kennewick, WA Candidate Says Undocumented Immigrants Should Be Shot

by Mónica Novoa on August 18 2011, 8:22AM

Loren Nichols, a candidate for Kennewick city council in Washington state, shows that hateful speech and politics can make for a frightening reality.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Why We Should Applaud Baseball's Bruce Bochy for Calling Out Hate

Why We Should Applaud Baseball’s Bruce Bochy for Calling Out Hate

by Mónica Novoa on August 11 2011, 9:48AM

Fox Sports radio host Tony Bruno took a cheap shot at Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez by calling the Dominican-born pitcher an “illegal alien.” Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t having it.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Students in Charlotte, NC Claim a Win for Drop the I-Word

Students in Charlotte, NC Claim a Win for Drop the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on July 29 2011, 10:39AM

The Latin American Coalition’s youth group, United 4 The DREAM (U4TD), has achieved a nice victory with the local Drop the I-Word campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thanks to their tireless efforts, Mike Collins, host of “Charlotte Talks” at WFAE,…

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Rep. Hansen Clarke and 3 Facts About Undocumented Immigration

Rep. Hansen Clarke and 3 Facts About Undocumented Immigration

by Mónica Novoa on July 13 2011, 10:08AM

One lawmaker makes a bold admission that sparks discussion of our country’s history of undocumented immigration.

Topics: Drop the I-Word