Drop the I-Word

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

by Mónica Novoa on Oct 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

by Mónica Novoa on Sep 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

by Mónica Novoa on Aug 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

by Mónica Novoa on Jul 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, Media, Immigration

The People of Arizona Won't Comply With Hate

by Mónica Novoa on Jun 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: Drop the I-Word, Arizona's SB 1070

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: Health, Drop the I-Word

Undocumented Mothers Have Dreams, Too

by Mónica Novoa 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

by Mónica Novoa on Apr 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

by Mónica Novoa on Apr 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

by Mónica Novoa on Mar 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