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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.

Drop the I-Word: I Am Taking Action in Georgia

Drop the I-Word: I Am Taking Action in Georgia

by Mónica Novoa on July 6 2011, 10:16AM

My name is Dulce. I am undocumented and I am no longer afraid. I am taking action.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

U.S.-Based Fans of Mexico's Soccer Team Face Backlash at Gold Cup

U.S.-Based Fans of Mexico’s Soccer Team Face Backlash at Gold Cup

by Mónica Novoa on June 29 2011, 2:15PM

Even if you missed it, the game was riddled with clues on just how hostile our country’s debate over immigration has gotten.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Jose Antonio Vargas Came Out as Undocumented, NOT

Jose Antonio Vargas Came Out as Undocumented, NOT “Illegal”

by Mónica Novoa on June 23 2011, 9:43AM

So why do so many of his journalism colleagues still insist on using the slur to describe him? Monica Novoa explains why it is long past time for news media to Drop the I-Word.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration, Media

I Am a Human Being and I Will Fight for My Right To Exist

I Am a Human Being and I Will Fight for My Right To Exist

by Mónica Novoa on May 25 2011, 11:51AM

My name is Nancy Meza and I am undocumented and unafraid.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: I Am Undocumented, and I Own My Humanity and Power

Drop the I-Word: I Am Undocumented, and I Own My Humanity and Power

by Mónica Novoa on May 23 2011, 10:20AM

I stand with the undocumented youth across the states because we are beautiful amazing leaders.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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?

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

 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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Today's Love is for Monseñor Romero

Today’s Love is for Monseñor Romero

by Mónica Novoa on March 24 2011, 6:18PM

Remembering El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, and his dedication to justice.

Topics: Celebrate Love

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