The Language of Resistance

As one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington – Edmonton Solidarity Event, I was invited to speak on “The Language of Resistance” at the Sociology Undergraduate Students’ Association Speakers Series on March 5, 2017. Here is a video of my talk, as well as my notes.


  • I’ve been an activist for over a decade (synopsis of how I got involved with #WMWYEG).
  • How I’ve seen and heard language change.
  • With the rise of the “alt-right,” language is more divisive, more vicious, and often misleading.
  • “Alt-right” is itself a misnomer, deceptive. “Alternative” can be seen as a good thing (alternative music or films).
  • What it really is: racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, hatred.
  • Has led to what we’ve seen in AB, threats against women who are politically active, either in office or who are prominent. An irony is that a motivation for me to get involved with #wmwyeg was because of women being threatened, to find myself the target of such threats in the days following the march.
  • We on the Left have shifted to greater inclusion. Used to talk about “gay” or “queer” community, now LGBTQ with more added.
  • Use of pronouns (asking what pronouns a person wants used, for eg.).
  • Making a conscious choice to have People of Colour involved (we wanted a short, but diverse program at #wmwyeg and we achieved that).
  • All About LOVE! The Language of resistance is the language of love.
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