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DTIW Exclusive Interview: Congressman Bobby Rush on HR 155

DTIW Exclusive Interview: Congressman Bobby Rush on HR 155

By Andrea Plaid on July 9, 2013 5:39 PM

Andrea Plaid interviews the congressman and Civil RIghts hero about his push to get the House to drop the i-word. Read More

San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times Drop The I-Word

San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times Drop The I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on May 21, 2013 11:00 AM

Two more publications get on the right side of history. Read More

From the West Coast to the Midwest: Chicago Tribune Drops the I-Word

From the West Coast to the Midwest: Chicago Tribune Drops the I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on May 7, 2013 3:40 PM

Talking about the Midwest representing: the *Chicago Tribune* announced yesterday that, like its sister publication the *Los Angeles Times*, it’ll drop the i-word too! Read More

A Two-fer! Los Angeles Times And Denver Post Drop The I-Word

A Two-fer! Los Angeles Times And Denver Post Drop The I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on May 6, 2013 6:04 AM

Two more big victories, won with your support! Will the New York Times be next? Read More

The New York Times Disappoints UNITY

The New York Times Disappoints UNITY

By Andrea Plaid on April 26, 2013 10:21 AM

“As journalists and as members of minority groups, we understand better than most people the power of words to degrade and dehumanize those who are considered undesirable,” said UNITY President Tom Arviso, Jr. Read More

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I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.

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More Accurate terms

The epithet “illegals” promotes a culture of intolerance and violence toward foreign nationals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color. Say these instead:

  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Unauthorized immigrants
  • NAFTA refugee
  • More in our toolkit

Términos Precisos

El epíteto "ilegales" promueve la cultura de la intolerancia y la violencia hacia los extranjeros, los migrantes indocumentados, y la gente de color. Hay otros términos que podemos usar, por ejemplo:por ejemplo:

  • Migrantes indocumentados
  • Migrantes no-autorizados
  • Refugiados por tratados de libre comercio
  • Vea más en el estuche de herramientas

Who’s Dropping It?

¿Quién esta dejando el epíteto?

  • Alternet
  • Change.org
  • Feministing
  • Freespeech TV
  • GritTV
  • In These Times
  • LinkTV
  • Ms. Magazine
  • The Nation Institute
  • Uprising Radio

See the full list of media outlets and organizations that have pledged to stop the dehumanizing use of the word “illegal”.

Vea la lista completa de organizaciones y fuentes periodísticas que han prometido no usar la deshumanizante palabra “I”.