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Drop the I-Word is a public education campaign powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country that value human dignity and are working to eradicate the dehumanizing slur "illegals" from everyday use and public discourse. The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration. No human being is "illegal." Learn more

La campaña llamada "Drop the I-Word" en ingles y conocida en español como "Ningún Ser Humano Es Ilegal" cuenta con la participación de migrantes y comunidades diversas a través del país que valoran la dignidad humana y están trabajando para retirar el epíteto deshumanizante, 'ilegales,' del uso cotidiano y el discurso publico. El insulto abre el paso al perfilamiento racial y la violencia y obstruye la verdad y el respeto en el debate migratorio. Ningún Ser Humano es 'Ilegal.' Leer más

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Julio Salgado: Creating Undocu-Love and Undocu-Queer Art

Julio Salgado: Creating Undocu-Love and Undocu-Queer Art

By Mónica Novoa on March 15, 2012 2:21 PM

Julio Salgado from Dreamers Adrift talks about his identity and the people and movement that inspire him to create Undocu-Queer and Undocu-Love images. Read More

Undocumented Army Wife: “I define myself. My name is Fanny.”

Undocumented Army Wife:

By Mónica Novoa on March 14, 2012 1:07 PM

Fanny Martinez of the Latino Youth Action League shared her story as a grad student and an army wife in a moving speech at this year’s Coming Out of the Shadows rally in Chicago. She wants politicians to stop playing with the lives of undocumented people. Read More

My name is Fernanda; I am UndocuQueer, unafraid, & unashamed!

My name is Fernanda; I am UndocuQueer, unafraid, & unashamed!

By Mónica Novoa on March 13, 2012 12:07 PM

Fernanda Marroquin shares a very personal story about the pain and triumph along her journey as she came out of the shadows and proudly embraced the two sides of her UndocuQueer identity. Read More

I am a Strong and Beautiful Undocumented Leader

I am a Strong and Beautiful Undocumented Leader

By Mónica Novoa on March 12, 2012 9:33 AM

Dulce Guerrero talks about the importance of mental health support for undocumented people and The National Immigrant Youth Alliance’s new UndocuHealth initiative. Read More

Book Club Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns, Week 5

Book Club Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns, Week 5

By Mónica Novoa on March 7, 2012 10:08 AM

Join the discussion for Drop the I-Word book club’s 5th and last week of reading The Warmth of Other Suns with BAJI. Read the questions and comment on Facebook! Read More

Take the Pledge
Take the Pledge

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

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How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair--and Changed Immigration Politics

by Gabriel Thompson on Tuesday, September 13 2011, 9:33AM

GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.

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”.

Drop the I-Word

Your pledge will be added to the growing list of people and groups that are asking media outlets to drop the i-word. We will keep you updated by email on the campaign and how you can take action.

Drop the I-Word

Su compromiso se añadirá a la lista creciente de personas y grupos que están pidiendo a los medios de comunicación a abandonar el i-palabra. Les mantendremos informados por correo electrónico sobre la campaña y cómo se puede actuar.

Take the Pledge
Take the Pledge

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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Or, fill out pledge form

O, llenar la forma de promesa