Drop the I-Word Campaign

On November 6, 2013 Applied Research Center (ARC) was rebranded as Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The content on this page was published on the ARC website prior to the rebrand.

ARC's Drop the I-Word campaign to eliminate use of the word “illegal” was launched in September 2010 as anti-immigrant sentiment and hate crimes against communities of color had increased. Powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country, Drop the I-Word has worked steadily through advocacy and coverage at Colorlines.com to present the dehumanizing and inaccurate aspects of the i-word, give space for immigrants to tell their stories, and to highlight the history behind the term “illegal” and other dehumanizing language. By Spring 2013, the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other news outlets dropped the i-word, affecting millions of readers daily nationwide. Drop the I-Word continues to advocate for change at the NY Times, Washington Post, and media outlets everywhere.

Drop the I-Word Resources:

Toolkit for Activists & Educators
Download includes:

  • Action Guide
  • Case for Dropping the I-Word
  • Sample Letter to the Editor
  • Sample Resolution
  • Journalist Stylebook Reference Guide
  • Pledge and Endorsement Form
  • Historical Background and Legal Implications

For Drop the I-Word news and updates, follow:
@colorlines on Twitter
and read Colorlines Drop the I-Word and Immigration.

Contact: droptheiword@colorlines.com