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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.

Love for Sharpeville, South Africa and the Fight Against Hate

Love for Sharpeville, South Africa and the Fight Against Hate

by Mónica Novoa on March 21 2011, 5:06PM

Today is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Topics: Celebrate Love

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.”

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: I Am...A Witness to History

Drop the I-Word: I Am…A Witness to History

by Mónica Novoa on March 9 2011, 10:00AM

Michealynn Hawk enjoys spending time with family, and mourns for those who are torn apart by deportation.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: I Am...a Mother

Drop the I-Word: I Am…a Mother

by Mónica Novoa on February 22 2011, 9:46AM

Rosario Lopez worries about her kids’ vulnerability today, but knows they will power tomorrow’s movement for justice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

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

Drop the I-Word: I Am…Compassionate

by Mónica Novoa on February 17 2011, 11:43AM

Diana Corcorran watches her neighbors’ children search for deported parents and asks, “What kind of country is this?”

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: Debunking the Racist

Drop the I-Word: Debunking the Racist “Anchor Baby” Myth

by Mónica Novoa on February 15 2011, 3:40PM

The facts show it’s a lie, and like all dehumanizing speech about immigrants it’s a deliberate a distraction.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers

by Mónica Novoa on February 14 2011, 1:02PM

Quelino Ojeda Jimenez’s story reveals the relationship between dehumanizing language and institutional brutality.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: I Am Determined

Drop the I-Word: I Am Determined

by Mónica Novoa on February 8 2011, 11:17AM

An immigrant mom in Seattle tells her family’s story in the first in a series of testimonials.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

We Won't Be Cowed by Glenn Beck's Personal Attacks

We Won’t Be Cowed by Glenn Beck’s Personal Attacks

by Mónica Novoa on February 2 2011, 3:17PM

From Fances Fox Piven to Colorlines’ alum Daisy Hernandez, Beck’s attacks are meant to scare us into silence.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Glenn Beck

Study: I-Word's Usage Has Skyrocketed Alongside Policy Debate

Study: I-Word’s Usage Has Skyrocketed Alongside Policy Debate

by Mónica Novoa on January 24 2011, 12:17PM

Newsline graphs the use of dehumanizing slurs to refer to immigrants over the past 30 years.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Let's Turn Off the Hate Machine, in Arizona and Everywhere

Let’s Turn Off the Hate Machine, in Arizona and Everywhere

by Mónica Novoa on January 14 2011, 2:35PM

The violence in Arizona isn’t singular and has been around for a while. Drop the I-Word campaign manager Monica Novoa says we can end it, though.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

FOX News and Society of Professional Journalists Take on the I-Word

FOX News and Society of Professional Journalists Take on the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on January 7 2011, 4:14PM

A journalist tries to lead smart conversation about demeaning language, and right wing pundits freak out.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Drop the I-Word: Sound Strike and Others Join the Campaign

Drop the I-Word: Sound Strike and Others Join the Campaign

by Mónica Novoa on December 13 2010, 2:34PM

We’ll blog weekly with updates from the campaign to get rid of hate speech in immigration politics.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Enough! Let's Drop the I-Word--It's Hate Speech Play

Enough! Let’s Drop the I-Word—It’s Hate Speech

by Mónica Novoa on September 28 2010, 9:34AM

The Applied Research Center and ColorLines launch a campaign to get rid of this ugly word in politics and media.

Topics: Drop the I-Word