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"I Am..." Storytelling Series


The "I Am..." Storytelling Series, a project of the Drop the I-Word Campaign, brings you insights by immigrants directly affected by the i-word and by non-immigrants who reject using the dehumanizing and racialized slur "illegals" to describe human beings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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