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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.

The Associated Press' Developing, Conflicted Policy on the I-Word

The Associated Press’ Developing, Conflicted Policy on the I-Word

by Mónica Novoa on October 23 2012, 11:14AM

The AP’s policy updates are hopeful, because they articulate all of the evidence necessary to stop calling people “illegal.” Now the organization just needs to take its own advice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Media

Latino Stereotypes Thrive in the Media, Negative Attitudes Dominate

Latino Stereotypes Thrive in the Media, Negative Attitudes Dominate

by Mónica Novoa on September 20 2012, 12:04PM

An important new study has confirmed many of our hunches about how negative media narratives and portrayals of brown people play out in the minds of non-Latinos.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

When It Comes to Children and the Immigration Debate, Words Matter

When It Comes to Children and the Immigration Debate, Words Matter

by Mónica Novoa on August 31 2012, 10:14AM

The i-word, like other harmful language, makes the village that’s supposed to be raising the child feel really unsafe.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Charlotte Journalists Pledge Humane Treatment of Immigrant Subjects

Charlotte Journalists Pledge Humane Treatment of Immigrant Subjects

by Mónica Novoa on July 12 2012, 10:23AM

A youth-led campaign for media reform adds the city’s large alternative weekly to the list of local journalists who have vowed to Drop the I-Word.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration, Media

The People of Arizona Won't Comply With Hate

The People of Arizona Won’t Comply With Hate

by Mónica Novoa on June 26 2012, 9:18AM

Lost in the legal back-and-forth of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 is a simple fact: immigrants are human beings, and this fight is deeply personal.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Drop the I-Word

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

How to Do Right By Yourself While Busy Saving the World

by Mónica Novoa on May 30 2012, 10:00AM

People dedicated to racial justice are often so focused on strengthening our communities, we fail to remain healthy ourselves. Monica Novoa speaks with organizers who are helping the movement mind its own mental health.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Health

Undocumented Mothers Have Dreams, Too

Undocumented Mothers Have Dreams, Too

by Mónica Novoa, Angy Rivera on May 11 2012, 9:01AM

One young undocumented activists is tired of politicians talking about the “poor choices” of immigrant parents. So she gave her mom a chance to set the record straight.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

The Supreme Court and Dangerous Immigration Metaphors

The Supreme Court and Dangerous Immigration Metaphors

by Mónica Novoa on April 27 2012, 12:15PM

Referring to people with as “illegals” is equivalent to referring to defendants awaiting trial as “convicted criminals.”

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Drop the I-Word

Young Undocumented Activists Stand Up for Their Parents' Dreams

Young Undocumented Activists Stand Up for Their Parents’ Dreams

by Mónica Novoa on April 5 2012, 9:27AM

When it comes to the DREAM Act, it’s been far too easy for some politicians to play the parent blame game. But activists refuse to throw their parents under the bus. We talked to both young people and their parents about their visions of justice.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Immigration

The Horrific Death of Shaima Alawadi and the Many Lessons of Hate

The Horrific Death of Shaima Alawadi and the Many Lessons of Hate

by Mónica Novoa on March 30 2012, 9:53AM

The brutal slaying of a young Iraqi mother proves that hate language isn’t just about hurt feelings.

Topics: Drop the I-Word

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

The Plight of Transnational Women and How You Can Help Them

by Mónica Novoa on March 27 2012, 10:58AM

Monica Novoa speaks with Leilani Montes, a transnational mujer who celebrates and weaves the roles of organizer and advocate across her professional, activist and personal life.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Gender & Sexuality, Immigration

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

If You Care About Immigrant Rights, Learn Black America's History Too

If You Care About Immigrant Rights, Learn Black America’s History Too

by Rinku Sen on February 3 2012, 9:43AM

This month, our Drop the I-Word campaign is urging immigrants and their advocates to join a virtual book club discussing Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Movement

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

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

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