Mónica Novoa

Drop the I-Word Campaign Coordinator
Brooklyn, NY

Mónica Novoa is coordinator of the Drop the I-Word public education campaign, a platform for people nationwide to drop the dehumanizing, racist slur “illegals," and to ask that the media do the same. Ms. Novoa is a seasoned communications strategist and organizer and has implemented campaigns across issues, including immigration, preventive healthcare, technology and early literacy with the Matea Group in Washington, D.C., and Cause Communications and Ruder Finn in Los Angeles. Ms. Novoa is on the board of Homies Unidos, an organization dedicated to gang prevention and intervention with families and youth in Los Angeles. She has a degree in English Literature from California State University at Northridge, where she also helped establish both the nation’s first Central American Studies Program and research institute. Ms

Monica tweets at @MoniNovoa, and manages @DropTheIWord.

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

MSNBC's Chris Hayes Hosts Conversation on the 'i-word'

by Mónica Novoa on Oct 8, 2012 3:01PM

On this weekend's 'Up With Chris Hayes", panelists talked about the merits -- and pitfalls -- of using the phrase "undocumented immigrant."

Topics: /NOW

The New York Times is Feeling the Pressure Over Its I-Word Stance

by Mónica Novoa on Oct 4, 2012 2:20PM

The Times is standing by its use of the word "illegal" in reference to undocumented immigrants. But they're taking heat for it.

Topics: /NOW

Numbers USA Ad Pits Black Voters Against Immigrants

by Mónica Novoa on Oct 4, 2012 11:58AM

Conservatives are trying old tactics to divide and conquer communities of color.

Topics: /NOW

Open letter from Drop the I-Word to The New York Times

by Mónica Novoa on Oct 1, 2012 1:10PM

Drop the I-Word's open letter to The New York Times following a blog post about reporter Julia Preston's reasons for using the i-word.

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

El Salvador's Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S.

by Mónica Novoa on Jun 25, 2012 9:58AM

Activists in the United States are watching closely as El Salvador works to address the root causes of gang violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Global Affairs