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Journalists: pledge that words matter.

Are you a journalist and want to say that ‪#‎wordsmatter‬ in our media coverage of immigrants? Visit defineamerican.com/wordsmatter and sign our pledge as an individual or on behalf of your publication.

Sign the petition: Words Matter.

Many in the media agree that using “undocumented” instead of “illegal” isn’t just semantics: it affects how we perceive others. Click the petition to sign up: http://www.care2.com/go/z/27146636 …

Martin O'Malley pledged that Words Matter.

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has indicated his support for immigrants by signing our ‪#‎WordsMatter‬ pledge. See the list of candidates and media companies who have signed on so far: http://defineamerican.com/wordsmatter …

Hillary Clinton pledges that Words Matter.

Hillary Clinton has taken our ‪#‎wordsmatter‬ pledge to drop the term “illegal” when referring to undocumented immigrants. Which presidential candidate will be next? defineamerican.com/wordsmatter …

Define American Statement on NBC Executive’s Use of “Illegals”

November 19th, 2015, New York, NY – Amid reports that NBC News President Deborah Turness used the phrase “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants in a recent meeting, Define American …

Fishing without a permit is a civil violation, but we don’t call those who do it “illegal fishermen.” Why do we use the word to describe undocumented immigrants? We’re calling on CNN to drop the word “illegal,” because #WordsMatter change.org/wordsmatter …

We don’t call underage drinkers “illegal,” even though it’s a civil offense – just like being in the U.S. without documentation. Why use an offensive and inaccurate term to refer to undocumented immigrants when there’s an appropriate alternative? Join us in calling …

It’s simple; we don’t use the word “illegal” to describe any other person, why use it to describe undocumented immigrants? We are calling on CNN to drop the innacurate term, because #WordsMatter: change.org/wordsmatter …