by Mónica Novoa. Originally published on Colorlines - Friday, July 29 2011
The Latin American Coalition’s youth group, United 4 The DREAM (U4TD), has achieved a nice victory with the local Drop the I-Word campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thanks to their tireless efforts, Mike Collins, host of “Charlotte Talks” at WFAE, the local NPR station, signed the pledge to drop the i-word last week. United 4 the DREAM is on a roll. They have been reaching out to local English and Spanish language media, elected officials and community groups. In June, Jennifer Roberts, chair of the Mecklenburg County Commission, signed the pledge. The group has a goal of getting 10,000 Charlotteans to pledge to drop the i-word by October.
According to Maria Selene, U4TD member and media committee chair of the local Drop the I-Word effort, community members tune in to Collins’ show regularly. They were disappointed to hear him use the i-word earlier this summer, so they decided to peacefully protest his show once a week starting June 22, until he signed the pledge last week.
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