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Uprooted is Partnering with “Drop the ‘I’ Word”!

Uprooted is proud to announce a new partner organization: the Colorlines “Drop the ‘I’ Word Campaign”!

“Drop the ‘I’ Word” is a campaign that aims to eliminate the word ‘illegal’ from the public discourse on immigration because it “creates an environment of hate by exploiting racial fear and economic anxiety, creating an easy scapegoat for complex issues, and OK-ing violence against those labeled with the word.”

Shifting the debate on immigration means changing the language that we use to talk about migration issues. Uprooted is very excited to be partnering with this important campaign to promote a new way of framing the national discourse.

To find out more about “Drop the ‘I’ Word” you can watch this powerful video about the damaging effects of hate language:

Uprooted at the Left Forum!

Check out these panel discussions, filmed by Uprooted in March, at the 2011 Left Forum, the largest annual conference of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and individuals.  These two panel discussions “Race and Racism in the Immigration Debate” and “Pass the Dream Act: How the Student Immigrant Youth is Leading the Immigration Debate” provide some food for thought on some of the central issues addressed by Uprooted.

Watch it here:
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Drop the I-Word

In the debate over the future of immigration, one word has been used so much that it has become a shorthand used to describe all undocumented immigrants: “illegal.” Political pundits and journalists alike have relied on this blanket term to describe undocumented immigrants, casting them as criminals, when, in most cases, their only crime has been crossing the border themselves instead of struggling through the long, bureaucratic process to enter “legally.” This creates an atmosphere in which Latinos and people of color are presumed guilty until proven innocent, and that notion has manifested itself in state laws such as SB 1070. Recently, a “Drop the I-Word” campaign has been started to change the discourse and treat undocumented immigrants as human beings. Student groups, immigrant rights organizations and even some media outlets have joined the fight to change our perceptions of what is “American” by examining the words we use to talk about immigration.

The “Drop the I-Word” campaign has even made its way onto local news:

To read more about the campaign, and find out how you can help, visit COLORLINES.